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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BUILDING A HOME – MONTH THREE

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Building a new home from the ground up doesn’t have to be an intimidating process, in fact it is a journey that can yield some amazing results and give you a home in which to build a lifetime of memories. That is, if you choose the right builder for your needs. At Experience Homes we want you to have a positive home building experience and are offering this roadmap through the entire home building process. Last month was all about building a solid foundation… and then waiting for it to cure. This month, with the slab poured and set we can start work laying out the skeleton of your new home.

With the slab in place and properly cured and the lumber delivered we can begin the process of framing the house. Work begins on the floors, walls, and roof creating the basic framework of the project. As the framing of the house progresses you will start to see the layout of your home unfold. At this stage of the process it is important to remember not to panic! A number of people will look at their home at this stage and think the house seems too small, it’s not, it’s just an illusion.

Next, plywood or sheathing is added to the exterior walls. Depending on the climate and time of year that construction is taking place, that sheathing may be covered with a protective barrier in order to seal off the elements from the interior structures of the home. This helps prevent water damage, mold, and rot. Work will also be starting on the roof, windows, and exterior doors.

Next the “heart and lungs” of the house are installed, meaning the heating and cooling systems. The ductworks for these systems are being put in place and HVAC vent pipes are installed through the roof. That’s not the only major change happening inside your new home, plumbing lines and electrical systems are also being worked on at this time. Teams are laying pipes and running wires through the interior walls, ceilings, and floors. Work is also being done on sewer lines, vents, and other water supply lines for fixtures.

During this time an electrician may also begin installing the receptacles for outlets, and running wires from the breaker panel to each receptacle. Wiring for telephones and cable TV may also be taking place.

Keep in mind that throughout this process inspections will be commonplace so the city or county in which the home is being built can ensure that all work is up to code. Rough framing, plumbing, and electrical systems must all be inspected for compliance.

The guts of the home are really starting to take shape at this point and your home is starting to look a little more like a house, rather than just a plot of land with some concrete on top of it!

The dream of homeownership doesn’t have to stay a dream, it can be a reality that we can help you achieve. There are now more options than ever before designed to help growing families get into a new home. We can help you find financing and even trade-in your old home towards a brand new construction home. No hassle, no pressure, no realtors or hidden fees. Come explore your options with us and be sure to check back in December for month 4 of the home building process!

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BUILDING A HOME – MONTH TWO

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To build a house from the ground up can seem like an overwhelming prospect. Experience Homes prides itself on making the process an easy and positive one. That’s why we are providing you with a roadmap through the entire home building experience. The first month of the process is all about decisions! You’ve made the decision to build, we’ve worked together to pick your floor plan and plot, and we’ve even laid out the upgrades and finishes. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get down and dirty. Month 2 is typically construction time!

Once all of the details have been finalized the basic construction work can begin. The first order of business is preparing the site of your choice. The site is cleared of any rocks or debris and then leveled in preparation for the pad to built and concrete laid out. Sewer pipe and electrical conduits also have to be put in place before the concrete is poured.

Next comes the pouring of the slab. The slab is a concrete pad that is poured directly on the ground. This type of foundation works great on level sites and in warmer climates. Embedded into the concrete is a wire mesh and steel reinforcing bar. One of the most time consuming aspects of this step is allowing adequate time for the concrete to cure and reach 100% of its strength. The length of the curing process depends on a number of different factors including the concrete mix, water content, and temperature.

As much as we wish we could control Mother Nature, we can’t. The weather significantly impacts when concrete can be poured and how long it will take to cure. The foundation has to have the strength to carry the weight of your house, that’s why we don’t take short cuts. While this may be a time consuming process, that doesn’t mean work has halted on your new home.

As we allow time to let the concrete foundation fully cure we will continue working with you to design your dream. During this time a number of deliveries will be made, such as lumbar, in preparation for the next step of framing the house.

Owning a new home is not out of reach, give us a call and we can work with you to make your dreams of owning a new home a reality. There are many options open to people who are looking to grow into a new home. We can help you find financing and even trade-in your old home towards a brand new construction home. There are possibilities and we can help you explore them all! Check back in November for month 3 of the home building process!

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BUILDING A HOME – MONTH ONE

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We get a number of questions from people asking what the steps to building a house look like over the course of 6 months. It can be a daunting task thinking about building a home from the ground up. That’s why we want to provide you with a roadmap through the entire home building process. This guide will shed light on what to expect from the moment you walk through our doors until the keys to your new home are in your hands.

STEP 1 – CONTACT

So you’re thinking of building a new home? That’s great! You’ve made one of the hardest decisions already. Once you make the decision to build your new home instead of buying used, you’ll start the process of finding the right builder for your needs. That’s where we come in. From the moment you reach out to us we want you to have a positive experience. During our initial consultation we will be asking you a lot of questions. We aren’t building you a house, we are helping you craft a home. We want to talk to you about what you are looking for and what your families’ needs are. Some people have very black and white ideas about what they want their home to look like. They come with pictures or Pinterest articles and color swatches. Other people come to us with more abstract ideas and basic concepts. There is no right or wrong answer. Brainstorming ideas with you gives us all the pieces we need in order to put together a complete vision of your new home.

STEP 2 – DECISIONS

Once you’ve made the decision to move forward with a new build we work with you to find the best financing solution for your needs. There are many financing options to consider when building a new home, one of them is our home trade-in program. This program allows us to purchase your current home on the same day that you buy a new construction home. Leave the details to us, we take care of having your existing home appraised which means you don’t pay for the appraisal now and you won’t have to pay realtor fees down the road.

There are a number of people who are unhappy with their current home, but are even unhappier thinking about the prospect of having to sell that home to get into a new one! We can remove that burden from your shoulders.

After you have selected the financing option that works for you, we will begin drafting house plans, estimating costs, and creating your building contract. Our hands on approach means that we will walk you through the numbers, plans, and lot selection, keeping you informed every step of the way.

It is also during this time period that we begin working with you on the details of your upcoming project. You will be able to choose the upgrades and finishes you want and better solidify the conceptual ideas we talked about during the initial consultation meeting. By laying this information out well in advance we are able to order the materials needed to customize your home in a timely manner. Making these choices early also means that there are no hidden surprises when it comes to cost.

We coordinate all the necessary tasks to get your home underway as soon as possible. You are always kept up to date and well informed. A home is very personal, that’s why we strive to keep the experience of building a home very personal as well.

STEP 3 – YOU’RE READY!

Are you ready to consider your new home construction options? Owning a new home is not out of reach, give us a call and we can work with you to make your dreams of owning a new home a reality. Check back in October for month 2 of the home building process!

Home Trade in

What is a Home Trade-In?

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If you’ve gone through the process of buying a new home, you already know how stressful the whole ordeal can be. You may need to get into a new home but aren’t jumping at the idea of going through the process again.

First come the questions:

  • Should we list our current home or wait until we find our new home?
  • How much time will we have to move once we find a place?
  • Will I be stuck paying two mortgages?
  • Do I need to find a rental property to live in?”

You want to take advantage of low interest rates before they creep up again. Unfortunately, you probably feel stuck.
When you’re trying to buy and sell at the same time you are at the mercy of the market and potential buyers. You could be waiting months to get a bite on your existing home.

When buying a home it’s location, location, location! When trying to sell your home it’s timing, timing, timing!

Thankfully, we live in a marketplace of choice. Traditional home buying methods aren’t the only options anymore. Home trade-in programs are on the rise because these programs take the hassle out of buying a new home.

The trade up process is straightforward and less complicated than you may think. So if you’re ready to trade up into something new, how do you start?

It all begins with a short meeting with our team to determine what will be the right fit for you.

After that, we will pay for an appraisal of your current home to determine its value. Once an appraiser places a value on your home, the fun begins!

You have the opportunity to pick out your new dream home and watch as it takes shape. Once construction on your new home is complete, we’ll buy your existing home. You can move at your own pace.

The home trade in program offers you peace of mind and gives buyers a greater sense of certainty.

Remove obstacles, reduce stress, and find yourself in a home that fits your family’s needs.