Had a very disturbing conversation with a soon to be neighbor yesterday. I am currently building a home in a development. We are in the framing phase. The builder, at least I thought, had a great reputation. I looked at several homes he built and was pleased prior to starting the build. This neighbor told me I had made a huge mistake and he spent over an hour pointing out short-cuts and cost cutting the same builder did with him - and all of them where on the outside. He said the inside was even worse. Several questions- should I hire an inspector to check on the progress at completion of each stage? I have near no building knowledge. I am scared I am going to be taken advantage of and have a home with lots of problems. One of the other big concerns was that this neighbor informed that he was charged $30,000 over the contract price for sanding and staining of the hardwood floors. Despite prolonged mediation and a lawsuit, this has yet to be resolved. In his case, per the builder, the contract calls for hardwoods but doesn't mention sanding and staining. I reviewed my contract and it is a similar wording. I assumed this was included. Was this assumption wrong? Thanks for any advice.