Building a custom home is an important investment and a big decision. When buying a custom home, you want to enjoy the experience and be confident about your decision. There are several stages to buying and building a custom home. Once you’ve decided which community best suits your needs and chosen a custom homebuilder, you can sit back and watch your dream home come to life. We’ve outlined a few elements to help you better understand the entire process.
1. Exploring your options
Now that you are ready to buy a custom home, find out what’s available. As you visit model homes, sales centers and offices, it’s a good idea to take notes. Take your time and ask questions – the homebuilder or salesperson should be prepared and happy to answer each question.
When choosing a community, identify your family’s needs. It’s important that the community you chose reflects your lifestyle.
2. Model homes and plans
Visiting a model home gives you the opportunity to examine the quality of the homebuilder – is construction solid, the finishing well done with attention to details?
The layout and size of the home is also important. Compare floor plans to find out which layout provides the best flow for your family. Imagine your family’s daily routine throughout the seasons.
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3. Choosing a custom homebuilder
Choosing a custom homebuilder is the most important part of the home building process. Here are some important things to consider
– The homebuilder should be a member of the local Home Builders’ Association – this is an important indication of their professionalism.
– Find out how long the homebuilder has been in business and ask about after-sales service – a professional builder has an established follow-up system.
– The homebuilder should be licensed and certified.
4. Once you have found your new home
Now that you’ve found the perfect homebuilder, you are ready to start building your dream home! At this stage, the builder is responsible for writing up a sales agreement. Once you’ve received the contract, have a lawyer review it. Once reviewed, it’s time to sign the agreement – from this point forward, you will be working closely with your homebuilder to see your home purchase brought to a conclusion.
If the contract is conditional upon financing, you will need to finalize arrangements with your lender.
As construction begins to progress, the homebuilder will call you in to choose finishings for your custom home. During the process, the builder may make arrangements for you to visit your home as construction progresses.
Once construction is finished, you will complete a walk-through of the home with the homebuilder to verify that the work has been completed according to plan. At this stage, you will sign a certificate of completion (this triggers the warranty coverage on your home). Any work that remains outstanding will be done before you move in, or soon after.
6. Closing Day
On closing day, title to the home is transferred to you from the homebuilder and the outstanding payment balance is transferred to the homebuilder from your lender. It’s time to celebrate; you’ve got the keys to your new home!
Before the end of your first year in your new home, the builder will touch up any small imperfections that may have emerged due to the house settling and materials drying out.
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