Q&A

How many years have you been in business? How many homes have you built?

Jefferson Area Builders was established in 1984 and is a third-generation family owned business. We typically build 15-25 homes per year and have built hundreds to date in and around the Charlottesville area.

How do you compare yourself to other builders? What are the most important benefits of the homes you build?

Jefferson Area Builders is a local mid-size custom home builder. This allows for one on one planning, attention to detail and willingness to work with changes during the building process. Whether you want to start from scratch, have a plan in mind, need to find a lot or already have one, we will work with you to personalize every detail. It is our flexibility to build on your land exactly how you want, without any set limitations that is one of a kind. It’s all custom, from beginning to finish.

What type of warranty do you offer?

Jefferson Area Builders offers the following:

  • 1 year – new home owner’s surety warranty on any defects and malfunctions in workmanship and materials
  • 2 year – systems surety coverage against defective wiring, piping, and ductwork in electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilating, and mechanical systems.
  • 5 year warranty on the foundation.
  • 10 year – structural defect coverage for load bearing components

We provide after move in checkpoints on the 60th day, 6th month and 11th month to address any service calls.
Every JAB home owner receives a personalized warranty and selection book detailing the manufacturer and subcontractor’s warranties for a variety of items and services during the construction of your new home(i.e. windows, roofing, flooring, appliances, HVAC etc.).

Can you give me references from prior home buyers? Do you build model homes I can tour? If not, can you help me make an appointment to see a home you built for another customer?

Yes, we provide current references. Each home we build is unique to its owner. We are not a production based builder (commonly referred to as track builders) and do not have model homes. Every new customer is shown homes in progress as well as one that has been recently completed. Many of our past customers are more than happy to showcase their new homes to our current customers. Examples of our work gives you a firsthand view of our quality from “the inside out” and a personal testament to why you will feel confident building with JAB.

What features, options and upgrades can I select for my home?

Every aspect is your decision. You determine the features, final look, and feel of your home. Many of our clients come into the custom home process with ideas and photos of what they like. We can refer you to our favorite local vendors although you are more than welcome to shop online and at any stores of your choosing. The sky’s the limit to the options you can select. If you dream it we can build it.

How and when will the final price for my home be determined?

After initial consultations we can enter what we call the design phase. During this phase, we continue to listen to your needs and desires. We determine the project scope with you and help define the specifications and the layout of your home. This design process takes our customers from general ideas to a fully custom design set of plans. Once you have completed the design phase with our team we will be able to provide a firm estimate on how much your new home will cost. Then, once pricing is approved we will go to contract. The actual price will depend on a number of variables- the size of the home, the intricacy of its design, the building materials and products you select, the land preparation/site costs and your land purchase price. Your selections and timeline will be spelled out so there are no surprises or additional costs during the build.

How often (and when) will I have access to the home during the building process?

This is your new home and you have access to your property at any time. We encourage you to watch as all of the different elements of your house come together. We do ask that you be careful while onsite as there are many potential safety hazards during different phases of construction.

We sincerely hope that these frequently asked questions have helped you better understand the building process and how we operate at Jefferson Area Builders. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have at info@jabuilders.com.