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Building a home should be a fun, gratifying experience. After all, this is your chance to create a home that you'll enjoy for years to come!
Yet, some people feel overwhelmed with the idea of making all those choices.
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Old houses have their charms. But if you want a spacious house with an open floor plan, state-of-the-art technologies and low-maintenance comfort, put new construction on your shopping list for these reasons:
Choosing the right builder is as important as choosing the right style of home or neighborhood. All these decisions affect you—positively or negatively—long after the builder finishes your home. How do you know what builder is right for you? There is no single answer to this question, unfortunately. You have to rely on your own instincts to make the right decision.
The first question you need to answer is what kind of builder you want: Custom or production?
Custom builders may cost you more, but the houses can match the customer’s needs and wants. If you want extra square footage in the living room or kitchen, you are able to add on. A custom homebuilder will also take the time to make sure all your finishing’s, cabinets, countertops, faucets, lighting, appliances, doors, etc., match your personality.
Production builders are the most popular because they are more affordable and faster.
But, when using them, you may have limited options for the location of your home and customization of the floor plan. You also may not be able to guarantee the quality you will receive.
Here are some other guidelines that will help you choose the right builder:
The final thing that you should take into consideration is your own judgment. Talk to the builders you’re considering. Find out how willing they are to supply you with information. Have their homes withstood the test of time? Call homeowners yourself—most will be more than happy to talk to you. AND REMEMBER—Don’t rush into selecting a builder. Ask many questions, as you need to feel comfortable.
When it comes to financing a new home, there are many questions you need to ask a home builder.
Does the home builder have a financing plan set up? They should provide you contact information of local lenders and information on different programs available for you. Each buyer’s needs are different, and you will need a personalized package plan for your loan.
Depending on your situation, you may need to secure construction financing to build your home.
Construction financing usually consists of more than one loan. One loan will pay for the construction itself, which often releases money to the builder in stages as the builder finishes processes. Then, the bank converts it to a mortgage once the builder completes the home.
Make sure to compare banks, credit unions and mortgage brokers for the best financing solution. Your builder should be able to give you recommendations and help you avoid pitfalls.
Below you will find a brief overview of three programs that Huntington Bank offers for financing the construction of a new home.
With any of our programs, you can buy your land with the construction loan in a one closing transaction. You can also use a gift of land toward your down payment in any of our programs.
Here in West Virginia and the surrounding areas, our land has many different characteristics. From level, sloping to steep, the land in our area can give you many possibilities as well as many challenges when building your new home.
We welcome the chance to help answer questions about your property.
Things you will need to know about land you own or land you may be looking at include:
At Vision Homes, we feel it is important for you to have as much information as possible upfront so that you can have accurate numbers. That way, when it comes to selecting your house design and personalizing all your finishes, you can make your choices while staying on budget. By visiting the site with you, we will be able to price what you want and even offer suggestions on how to do things to save you time and money.
Your first impression of the lot is a good indicator of how comfortable you will be with it after the builder finishes your house. If it “feels right,” it will feel right in the future, too.
There are still many “ifs” that you should consider when selecting a lot. Here are a few things you should consider:
This is the fun part! What do you want and need out of your new home? What features do you want to include in your home? What are the most important things that you must have? Here's where we explore your options:
SELECTING THE HOUSE STYLE: So you’ve found the perfect neighborhood and the perfect home site. Now it’s time to actually build your dream home. The next step is selecting the style of your new home.
Friends and relatives will be quick to offer an opinion on which style to choose, but it’s important you choose a style in which your family will be most comfortable.
Here is a list of guidelines that have proved quite helpful to buyers who are building their dream home and those who are building for an investment.
One final guideline to keep in mind and our best piece of advice is to follow your heart. It’s generally a much better indicator than all the analysis you might do. Building a home is one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do!
DESIGNING THE DETAILS: Once you have your house style picked out and your floor plan finalized, it's time to choose the details that will make your home unique and reflect your tastes. These details might include:
Making all these choices can seem a bit overwhelming, but at Vision Homes, we strive to make it an exciting, enjoyable process. We walk you through a simple worksheet, share our included options, listen to your needs and desires and help you make the right choices to create a beautiful, unique home inside and out.
One of the most frustrating elements of building a new home is having no idea where to begin. The process can be challenging, but don’t let that frustrate you!
Most people are not experts when it comes to home building, and we understand that at Vision Homes. We pride ourselves on our expertise, and we’ll do everything we can to build a home you’ll love.
We have processes set up that make it possible for you to enjoy the home building process:
Quality! It’s frequently promised but not as frequently delivered, unfortunately. While quality is important in everything you buy, it’s critical in home construction. It makes the difference between years of home-living pleasure versus years of headaches.
- Justin Steele, Vision Home Customer
How can you tell if you’re getting good quality? Quality in finishing is a sign of good construction, but it can only be “skin deep.”
Here are some tips that show sound, quality construction:
If you are building in North Central West Virginia, Western Maryland or Southwestern Pennsylvania, you need to make sure your roof is strong enough to handle the weather in this region.
At Vision Homes, we care about your new roof. For 20 years, we have used only the best roofing trusses available; Rigidply Rafters out of Oakland, Maryland.
It all starts with quality lumber. Look for NO. 2 grade stamp on your roof trusses. That's your assurance of quality lumber.
Rigidply uses specific lumber mills to ensure they use only the highest quality lumber in their trusses. Rigidply’s specifications are the strictest in the industry. Rigidply further evaluates each piece of truss lumber before using it in a truss, based on their own internal specifications for wane, straightness and overall quality. Rigidply stores their lumber undercover to protect the appearance and performance of Rigidply trusses.
Deciding to build a new home is a huge investment. Vision Homes understands that, which is why we take our commitment to building you a forever home seriously. Invest an hour of your time with our salesman Dave, and he will walk you through our home building process and how we differentiate ourselves from the competition.
When you ﬁrst meet with Dave, he will listen to your wants, needs, fears and concerns. Within that hour, you’ll discuss everything from ﬂoor plans to home features. At Vision Homes, we are ﬂexible. We are happy to combine different ﬂoor plans to create the perfect home for you.
Spending an hour of your time with Dave is not a big commitment when you think about how much money you will be investing into your new home. At the end of the meeting, there will be no pressure to proceed with us. Even if you don’t build with us, or we aren’t a good ﬁt, we are certain you will walk away with new, valuable knowledge.
If you decide to move forward with Vision Homes, Dave will work within your budget to meet all your needs. We will have you on your way to building a house you're proud to call home!
Seeing everything come together, everything that we had picked, all the colors, the floor plan, the design of the house. It was pretty rewarding to see it all come out right, and it looked good together.
Amber Steele A Happy Vision Home Customer
Words can not describe the feeling we have toward Vision Homes and not just because of the quality of the house or the quality of their work. This is something that will forever be in our hearts and minds.
The Swain Family A Satisfied Customer