Where to Start

When you are ready to purchase a new home, one of the first steps is to take a close look at the builders in your community. Who you buy from can be almost as important as what and where you buy.

Home building companies are highly varied.  Some build only a few custom homes each year, while others build hundreds of homes and whole new communities. Each company caters to specific types of home buyers and their needs.

Your new home buying experience and satisfaction depend on finding the right builder for you. This website, and it’s Find a Member tool is a great place to begin looking.

Most new home buyers begin their search online. This can also provide you with insight into each home building company – there area of specialization, history, experience, and so on.

Use your online research to develop a list of builders and homes you want to learn more about, then take the next step—visit the company’s model homes or call the builder for an initial discussion.

There are a number of reasons we recommend that you focus your search on home builders that are members of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association:

Find a Professional

Use Find a Professional to get the names of professional new home builders in your community. Many members have links to their own websites, so you can quickly get a first impression of the company, their homes and services offered. This will help you to zero in on builders that offer what interests you.

  • Membership in the CHBA is a strong indication that a new home builder is a professional, dedicated to the business of home building, committed to customer satisfaction and in business for the long term.
  • Membership in the Association is voluntary. Members agree to the CHBA's Code of Ethics, which is based on principles of fairness, integrity and consumer satisfaction.
  • Being a professional new home builder means constant learning. Through the CHBA, members can keep up to date on technological advances, regulations, products and materials, financing, design and so on-in short, what they need to know to provide home buyers with the best and latest in the marketplace.
  • Home building requires teamwork that involves the skills, and expertise of many suppliers and trades. Builders who belong to the CHBA have ready access to a network of professional companies and individuals providing services to the residential construction industry.
  • Managing a successful home building business means understanding what's going on in the community, and how it might affect the industry and consumers. Association members have access to wide range of information to keep them informed and up-to-date on important community development issues.

Simply put, membership in CHBA is the sign of a home building professional.