Building Process

  • Paperwork

    You can select a new home that is under construction or you can choose to build your new home from the ground up by selecting your homesite and your plan. After you meet with your new home sales professional, the purchase agreement will be submitted for approval and signatures. Contact your lending professional to secure your preapproval and good faith estimate. This will begin the mortgage process.

  • Creation

    The Estimating and Drafting Departments will begin their work in drawing your plans and getting your planbook ready for release to your building superintendent to begin construction. During this time, you will meet with your designer at the Essex Homes Design Studio to make your interior and exterior selections. You will also be meeting with our technology specialist for your sound, image and security selections. All paperwork must be completed and approved prior to the release of your planbook.

  • Preparation

    Approximately 60 days prior to the completion of your new home, you will need to:

    • Obtain final approval on your mortgage financing. This will ensure a smooth transition and closing on your new home
    • Contact your homeowners insurance company to have an insurance policy in place the day of closing.
    • Contact the utility companies to have electricity, gas, and water transferred into your name the day of closing.
    • Funds for closing need to be certified funds in the form of a cashiers check.
  • Construction

    When your plan book is released, you will meet with your new home sales professional and building superintendent in your community before the construction of your new home begins. Together you will review your selections, review your home plans and the building process. The building process typically follows this schedule:

    1. Homesite Preparation
    2. Foundation
    3. Framing
    4. Rough-ins (HVAC, plumbing, electrical)
    5. Insulation Installed
    6. Drywall Installation and Finishing
    7. Interior Paint
    8. Cabinetry & Countertops
    9. Plumbing & Lighting
    10. Flooring Installed
    11. Quality Assurance Check
    12. Homeowner Orientation
  • Closing

    Once your home is complete, you will meet with your building superintendent for new home orientation. This is your time to familiarize yourself with your new home and all of its components. Your superintendent will also review the warranty process and you will receive contact information for post-closing assistance.

Our Design Studios

Create the home that reflects you!

  • What colors make me feel relaxed and happy?
  • Which room is most important to me?
  • Where do I spend most of my time?
  • How often will I have guests?
  • What is my favorite feature of my current home?
  • What is my least favorite feature?

Once you purchase your new Essex or Executive Series home your sales agent will help you make an appointment with our Design Studio. At your appointment our design team will help you choose the options that best reflect you.

Preferred Lender

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Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or ready to refinance, we have mortgage products designed to meet your needs, and we are dedicated to keeping the process as simple as possible.

Erica Ergle
Erica Ergle
803.606.9280

Erica joined the finance industry so that she could help people during some of the biggest decisions they will make in their lifetime. Backed by 10 years of financial experience, she looks forward to helping people accomplish their goals/dreams of homeownership. Her intent is to create a referable and pleasant experience for all customers.

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Shawn Daughtry
Shawn Daughtry
803.665.5119

Working in the Mortgage Industry since 1999, Shawn Daughtry takes great pride in providing his customers with an exceptional mortgage banking experience. In 2008, Shawn was recognized as “Mortgage Banker of the Year” by the Sales and Marketing Council, a division of the local Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia. Shawn and his wife, Wendy reside in Lexington and enjoy spending their time with their daughter, Mollie Jane “MJ”. Shawn is a die-hard USC Gamecock fan and enjoys playing golf in his free time.

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Erica Ergle
Erica Ergle
803.606.9280

Erica joined the finance industry so that she could help people during some of the biggest decisions they will make in their lifetime. Backed by 10 years of financial experience, she looks forward to helping people accomplish their goals/dreams of homeownership. Her intent is to create a referable and pleasant experience for all customers.

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Tricia Vinson
Tricia Vinson
803.397.6700

Working in the Mortgage Industry for over 15 years, Tricia Vinson takes great pride in providing her customers with an exceptional mortgage banking experience. She stays informed of current industry news and trends, providing the most up-to-date information and lending solutions to her customers. Tricia received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Francis Marion University and is a licensed Mortgage Banker. In her community, she delivers meals for Meals on Wheels and serves on Sales and Marketing Councils. Tricia is happily married and is the proud mother of two sons. In her free time, she enjoys watching her boys play baseball and soccer, boating, riding her ATV, gardening, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.

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Shawn Daughtry
Stewart Wingo
803.343.5081

Working in the Mortgage Industry for many years, Stewart Wingo takes great pride in providing his customers with an exceptional mortgage banking experience. He stays informed of current industry news and trends, providing the most up-to-date information and lending solutions to his customers. He is a USC graduate and a huge sports fan, but his love of sports comes in at a distant second to the love and pride he has for his growing family. Stewart and Brittany have 3 beautiful children, and Golden Retriever named Stoli.

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Jan Roberts
Jan Roberts
864.248.1748

Working in the Mortgage Industry for many years, Jan Roberts takes great pride in providing his customers with an exceptional mortgage banking experience. She stays informed of current industry news and trends, providing the most up-to-date information and lending solutions to her customers.

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FAQ

What is considered a cosmetic repair?

Cosmetic repairs include nicks, cuts, scratches, dents, paint or drywall imperfections, cracked or broken glass, or other damage to items in the home. Please check the home thoroughly prior to closing to ensure that all items are corrected to your satisfaction prior to closing.

Will I be notified of my post closing warranty checks?

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to notify Essex Homes in writing of any warrantable concerns. Essex Homes must receive written notification of any service items prior to the elapsing of the one year anniversary of the closing of the home. Please review the Residential Warranty Booklet to check if an item is covered. After receiving notification, Essex Homes will schedule a walk through to identify the items that would fall under the warranty. These items would be repaired.

Are there any items that I as a homeowner need to maintain?

No home is maintenance free. As a homeowner, certain items considered to be regular maintenance include lawn watering and upkeep, caulking

Why is the caulking cracking?

Caulking will shrink and crack as a new home settles, expands and contracts with temperature and humidity changes. In areas that are exposed to water, especially kitchen and baths, it is a homeowner maintenance item to monitor and immediately replace any cracked or missing caulking to prevent any damage.

Does concrete crack?

Concrete is exposed to freeze/thaw cycles throughout the year. This can cause minor cracking. Concrete material is not bendable or flexible and as the ground beneath it expands and contracts, the concrete cannot always move with it. Control joints have been installed in an attempt to isolate potential cracking but it cannot be guaranteed that the concrete will not crack outside the joints. Do not allow moving vans or commercial vehicles to park on the driveway. Park away from the edges until the concrete has had ample time to cure.

Is it normal to experience leaks under severe weather conditions?

Severe weather conditions such as high winds, lightening, ice, blowing rain, heavy snow or flash floods can cause leaking. High winds and blowing rain can force water to enter through soffit vents, roofing material, doors, or windows. Ice can freeze on the roof causing water to back up under the shingles. Consult your home insurance policy for coverage for any damage sustained as a result of severe weather.

Why do I have cracks in my drywall?

Hairline cracking in drywall is considered normal as the home settles and breaths. Essex Homes will complete drywall repairs one time during the first year. After this one time repair, drywall repair is a homeowner maintenance item.