Questions to Ask Your Home Builder

May 29, 2018

HBA of Greater Cleveland

Contact:  Brenda Callaghan, Executive Director

6140 West Creek Road

Independence, OH 44131 / PH  216.447.8700 /


NEWS RELEASE: Immediate – June 2018

HBA Summer Parade of Homes

Your Opportunity to Interview Top Home Builders

The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Cleveland is pleased to announce the annual Summer Parade of Homes, June 2 & 3 and June 9 & 10 from 12 noon – 5 P.M.  The Parade highlights 24 New Homes and 18 professional custom home builders and admission is FREE.  These homes on Tour include styles from modern urban farmhouse architecture to luxurious town homes and everything in between!

HBA Executive Director Brenda Callaghan says, “The HBA Parade of Homes gives consumers an opportunity to visit a variety of new homes and interview prospective builders. This year’s homes range in prices from $215,000 to $4 million.” Although most of the homes average about 2500 square feet, there is one amazing home in the Parade that is just under 10,000 square feet – a must see!

The new model homes are located in seven different counties throughout northeast Ohio including Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties.  Communities on the Tour are as far west as Bay Village, south to North Canton and to the east - Concord and Mentor.

Callaghan suggests a list of questions when interviewing prospective builders because when you're thinking about buying a new home, selecting the right home builder is a key step in creating the home of your dreams.  “You should feel comfortable asking a potential home builder every question that you think is important. And, a professional builder or sales representative will want to make you a happy and satisfied home owner, “ adds Callaghan.

Besides the questions of "How much does it cost?," and "When can we move in?," here are some other questions you should ask:

  • Will the builder give you references of recent buyers/occupants?
  • Does the builder have a financing plan established?
  • Are there options in the floor plan — for example, can a basement or deck be added?
  • Can a room such as the basement be left unfinished?
  • How much "customizing" can be done versus standard features?
  • Can appliances be up- or down-graded?
  • Are there any additional fees relating to the home or development?
  • Will there be a home owners’ association? If so, what will the dues cost and what do they cover?
  • Does the builder offer a warranty program?
  • Does the price include landscaping? What if the plants die within a year?
  • Are there any restrictive covenants?
  • What are the estimated taxes on the property?
  • How is the school system rated?
  • Are day care and grocery stores convenient and satisfactory?
  • What about emergency facilities — police, fire department and hospitals?
  • Are there any major development plans for the area in the next five years?


The HBA Parade of Homes is sponsored by 84 Lumber; consumers should contact the HBA of Greater Cleveland at 216-447-8700 or visit for a list of the homes and directions. Visitors can also download the FREE mobile app, Parade Craze on their smart phone or tablet and view all of the homes in the Parade. Users will see a quick profile of the builder, a list of the homes’ features and get immediate directions to any or all of the homes.


The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement and professionalism of the Building, Remodeling and Associated Industries. The Association is a 350+ member organization that represents all aspects of housing and serves as the voice of housing in northeast Ohio while protecting the Foundation of the American Dream of owning a home.  The HBA encourages consumers planning to build or remodel, to work with a member of their local Home Builders Association because they are professionals who are knowledgeable in the latest building technologies, building codes and housing trends.