What are your hours of operations?
For model homes, we are open to serve you seven days a week from 2 – 4 pm. However, if you would like to book a private viewing of any of our homes, we are available at anytime.
How do we get started?
Since you are customizing a unique plan on a unique home-site, this allows us to price the home to your specific specifications. We require a refundable $500.00 deposit to secure your building lot and allow us to price your new custom home.
Why does the builder require $500.00 just to price our home when other builders just give us a price sheet, or may not charge anything at all?
Two main reasons, to show your sincere interest in securing an iron clad price for your custom home. And, second to secure the building lot, and hold the real estate off the market.
I don’t understand why we have to prove our sincerity by writing you a $500.00 cheque?
We custom price every single home we build. We are not creating generic cookie-cutter production homes. There are many potential customers that are very sincere in their transactions and don’t realize the amount of time and expense that is taken in the pricing process. The challenge for our estimating team is that some folks shop as a hobby with no intention of purchase. We love what we do, and love to work with serious buyers.
What if we don’t like the price of you give us?
Then, you simply fill out a cancellation of contract with our on-site Realtor, and we will return 100% your deposit back to you in our next available weekly check run. The money is simply to show your earnestness, and hold the building lot while we price your home.
So, all your require is $500.00 ever?
We eventually require 5% of the final purchase price to hold on deposit as security to build your custom home. That will not occur until the plan is complete and the final building contract is signed by all parties and all conditions are satisfied (appraisal, financing, etc.).
What if we are buying an existing Inventory Homes?
Initially, we only require the $500.00 deposit. Once all conditions of the contract are satisfied, we will need an additional $5000.00 to secure the Agreement and begin construction. However, this will depend on the amount of modification and customizing that is required to the home. Most inventory homes that require modifications, we will require a $5000 deposit. However it can be less, depending on the amount of modifications to the home.
Are deposits credited back to us at closing?
Yes, they are. How much you receive or pay at the closing is actually between you and your lender.
Do we have to pay for the custom architectural design?
As long as you move forward with our company and close on your home, the architectural design work is free. If we do design work and you decide not to move forward, we charge for the actual cost of the design and engineering work performed. This is all detailed in the agreement of sale documents to ensure understanding.
What if I have a fully designed Architectural set of plan?
That is great; we can price them for you. We will, however, re draw in our special architectural drawing software. Our software completes all the estimates and purchase orders for our building process. This process is free for you also. See question above.
What if I have a home to sell?
No problem. We have a program that allows you to design and build your new home while we market your current home to sell. See one of our Realtors for all the details.
Why do you request we make a loan application with your lender?
New home building is different from a purchase of a used home. There are more details that need to be coordinated between the builder and the lender. It just works so much better when your builder has a trusted lender that is used to working with the particulars of new home construction. Communication is key in this process. Remember, the home is generally not complete when you purchase a new home. There is much more to consider. Since we are used to communicating with our designated lender, your approval and the building process will be so much smoother. We can keep the entire process transparent for you. If you already have your financing in place or have an existing relationship with a mortgage representative, that is fine…. we will work with them to ensure a smooth transaction.
Will you build on our lot or home-site?
Yes, we love building on a customers land. We have built a select number of custom homes every year we have been in business.
Do you build everywhere?
Great question. We typically build concentrically in the eastern Avalon area. We would like to build everywhere, but we limit our geographical range to allow our Construction Managers ability to maintain quality over several home building jobs at one time.
How does Built on Your Home-site financing work?
It works very similar to conventional financing. There is an extra step though. You will be qualifying for the interim construction loan in addition to the final, permanent loan. Our builders have an affiliated lender experienced in Build on Your Lot Mortgages who will help serve you in this process.
How long is your warranty period?
You will receive a Seven Year Atlantic Home Warranty. For more details visit their website at www.AHWP.org
How long will it does it normally take to design and build a home with our builders?
It normally takes about 7-14 days to complete all architectural design and an additional 7-10 days to process the construction loan and get the home started. From start of construction it generally takes us 4-5 months to build a standard home (depending on size and customization).
Do you mind if I hire my own inspector?
Our builders love when a buyer wants to hire their own inspector. No home is perfect, and an extra pair of eyes is welcome. We truly want to build you the best quality home you can buy for the money. As a policy, the city municipality inspects all our homes. Regardless, you are welcomed to hire your own inspector.