As with any big project, it’s easier to tackle if you follow a plan. The same goes for building a home. Rather than watching our buyers become overwhelmed by the enormity of it all, Essex Homes has created a step-by-step process to guide you from decision to design to moving in. Follow these steps to plan for a seamless homebuilding experience.
The Dotted Line
Whether you select a home that’s already built, one being built, or you want to start from scratch, we start by getting everything on paper. When you’ve made your choice and settled on a property, your new home sales specialist will collect your signature on a purchasing agreement. We suggest contacting your lender at this point for preapproval to kick start the mortgage process. TIP: Always keep your paperwork current and easily accessible.
Drawing it Up
Our expert Estimating and Drafting departments now take up the mantle. Our team will draft a planbook for the supervisor of your home project, outlining every detail you’ve chosen for your dream home. This is the fun part for lots of our buyers, who meet with a skilled designer at the Essex Home Design Studio. Try out all the interior and exterior options to visualize how your finished home will looks. We like to think of the this and the dreaming into doing stage. You will also make sound, image and security selections with one of technology specialists so that your house will have all the bells and whistles you want. Your planbook will be released when all paperwork is complete. TIP: Visit some of our model homes to get an idea of the features you would like to add in your home before your design studio appointment.
Before breaking ground, but after the planbook is released, you’ll meet with our team to review everything. Together with your new home sales specialist and the community building supervisor, you’ll cover the actual construction process, which typically follows a standard map. After the homesite is prepared, the foundation is laid. Then, we frame it and get it ready for HVAC, plumbing and electrical. Installing the insulation, drywall and finishing come next, followed by the interior painting. Cabinets, counters, plumbing and lighting make the building start to look like a home. Once we get the flooring installed, we plan a quality assurance check.
Prep for Closing
You’ll have some ground to cover in the two months leading up to the completion of your home. At this point, you will need final approval on your financing so that your closing goes smoothly. Make sure you have home insurance in place before closing as well. Contact the local utilities to arrange for essentials to be ready on the day of closing. Finally, secure a cashier’s check for the closing funds. We know none of this is the fun stuff, but doing this in advance will make your closing day so much easier. TIP: Keep your schedule flexible for last minute changes.
When everything is complete and up to standards, we take the homeowner through an orientation of their new home. Here you learn about the different components of the home and go over the home warranty. You’ll receive everything you need to make a call or a claim.
With Essex Homes, we will guide you every step of the way from idea to fruition and we will do our best to keep you informed on the status of your home. We know building a home is a big decision and commitment. We want to make that as simple as possible.
Call us today or visit www.essexhomes.net to learn how we can build a dream home for you.