Pre-Construction Meeting Question Ideas

These are the questions that we asked.  A bunch of these were actually recommended and given to us by our friend who used to work on the project manager/construction side of Ryan Homes.  Some others were suggested by other RH bloggers.  Enjoy!

Flooring - Color/Type - Where are the flooring breaks between rooms?
Cabinets - Color/Type/Upgrade?/Drawers?  Doors?  Height?  Knobs/Handles? Locations?
Faucets - Color/Type/ Picture?  Locations? 
Sink - Size/Color/Type/ Picture?
Countertops - Color/Type/Backsplash?
Toilets - type/size
Vanitys - type/size/location
Pedestal Sink - type/size/location
Windows? - Location/size/type
Exterior and Interior Doors - Location/size/type
Door Knobs - type/deadbolt?
Lighting fixtures- type/location/picture
Light switches/plugs - type (location is normally set for you - if you have special requests, let them know)
Cable outlets - location/number?
Phone outlets - location/number
Closet/pantry shelving - type/location?
Trim - what trim is used in house?  locations?  Crown Molding?/Chair rail? 
Bathtubs/showers - type/size Tile or Fibergalss finish?  Color?
Shower doors - type/location
Rails - type/color/see picture
Hardware - Toilet paper and towel rods - location/type
Fireplace - location?surround?mantle?hearth?
Heating vent covers - location?type?
Appliances - see pictures of these.  color?  What appliances do you get?

In the basement, in addition to any of the above that apply...
Heating system?  Location - Fuel? Service? Warranty?  1 Zone or Two?
Hot Water Heater - Location - Fuel?  Service?  Warranty
Location of Columns and anything else which will impede future finishing.  Columns can't be moved. 
Basement Bath rough in?  Type/Location?
Basement Exit?  What type of door? 
Electric panel location/finish?

Grading - how will the finished contours of the lot look?  It will look different than now in some cases.
Seeding/sod?  What is warranty?  Will they seed in winter?  What if it doesn't grow?
Siding -- type/size/color
shutters - type size/color/locatoin
Brick/Stone - type/size/color/location
What will need maintenance on exterior?  What is painted?
Exterior Trim - Color/location
Window/door features (fancy trim pieces over windows/doors) - size/location/color
Shingles - type/color/see sample
What is off of back door?  Deck?  Covered with rail?
Sidewalk location
Driveway - width?  will they do 2 coats?
Water/Sewer connections - location
porch - size? location?
Steps to front porch?
Steps into house from garage?
Hose bibb location/number?
Exterior electric outlets location/number?
Location of outdoor AC unit?  Heat pump?
Location of water meter?  gas meter?

Drywalled?  Full or partial? 
Garage door opener?
Garage door type/size/insulated? Windows?

Other Questions from all the bloggers (some are repeats):

Door colorà Changed it previously
Location of basement windows
Garage side brick
Countertop backsplash picture (granite)à see pictures
Stainless appliances
Stack Washer and Dryer (we can provide the stacking accessories)?
Wall switch as well as remote for fireplace?
Pics of landscaping
Foundation exterior paint-à match siding?
What does the water drainage system by the tree line look like?
Pipe in front yard, where and what look like
Capped walls?
Picture of chandelierà if we get another, will they install?
Frame out media room and full bath for future finish? Door to media room
Chase for electrical
Bathroom mirror change out
Center foyer chandelier in center window
Ceiling fan centered in ceiling slant in morning room and where placed in other rooms
Can we visit whenever we want
Garage coach lights- switch at front door
Granite rounded at edges
Rough in for garage door opener, can they install? Switch?
Light in garage (other than opener)
Light in laundry room
Light in walk-in closet
Pics of shower head
Placement of recessed lights
Placement of attic access
Epoxy floor covering in garage
Lights in hallway
Where windows placed
Construction schedule
Hose bib locations
Driveway length
Additional trees between backyards-à where, how many, look
Contact info
Total sq. ft
 Ceilings smooth or textured
 Leave touch up paint and extra materials
Outside steps
Door trim
Garage door coloràwhite
Downspout placement
Microwave placement
Telephone jacks
When sod/plants
Outlets in garage and unfinished area
Tub access panel placement
Chase under driveway
Will there be a pre-drywall walk thru? Pre/post-settlement walk-thru



  1. Very helpful - thanks for posting!

  2. Some very good pointers here. Thanks for sharing. I know we will be using lots from this list!