Always Take the Time to Research Potential Builders

Many potential homeowners are wary of new home construction after hearing horror stories from those who have had a less-than-positive experience. That’s why it’s important to understand how these horror stories can happen, and how they can be prevented. 

  • Research any potential builders you wish to quote on your home. All too often, a homeowner who hasn’t spent the time on research will select their builder based on the only information they have—price. This will almost always result in both an unhappy client and builder.
  • Testimonials are a crucial resource. It takes five to eight months to build a new home. There are dozens of people involved, working for many different trades and suppliers. Your builder has to control all of these people and personalities, and make sure your expectations have been exceeded. If a builder’s past clients have spent many months working through this process and they can still enthusiastically recommend the builder they used, then that builder is the one for you! 
  • Builders associated with other professional groups can offer assurances and a level of comfort that you are making the right choices. Many builders have added training that allows them to offer more and better services. 

Some of the industry's top associations and certifications include (but are not limited to): Nova Scotia Home Builders Association, the Atlantic Home Warranty Association, Better Buisness Bureau, Certified R2000 Builder and Certified Residential Builder.

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.

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I found Keith to be a great listener, patient, available and very responsive to my needs yet proactive in many ways when it was warranted. The team was extremely knowledgeable...



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