Our Design and Build Process
At Hedberg Homes we pride ourselves in making the design process of your new home as easy and enjoyable as possible. We want to make sure our customers are fully informed of the standard and optional features available to them, that get to assist in the design and floor plans, and that they are up to date on the construction selection process.
Selecting a Builder
In selecting a builder there are a couple of things you should look for.
- License number, do they have a four digit or eight/ten digit license number this will give you an idea how long the Builder has been building under that currant name. There are reasons some Builders have change name and license number does not hurt to ask why.
- What is the back ground of the Builder. Does the Builder have a background of the home building industry.
- Do you feel confident that the Builders Company is updated with knowledge of latest technology from designing a home through the selection process.
- What type of specifications does the Builder provide you in detailing the products in building your home.
- Warranty/call backs, ask how the process works and if possible checks with a couple of their past clients.
- Last but not the least, do you feel comfortable with the Builder, if you don't then move on to someone that you feel at ease with and that the Builder has both parties interest at heart not just his own. You don't want start out having a trust issue during the construction process, ask about how commutation between Client and Builder works during construction and what happens in the event of a dispute.
Your lot selection is the first piece of the puzzle and one of the major factors in determine your overall price of the home.
With our ability Hedberg Homes of showing placement of your home plan on the site and view it in 3d will help get a feeling of the home positioned on the lot.
In a finished development the main decision is the home facing North or South, which both have pros and cons to them and our team will explain that to you during the selection process.
For an off site or acreage building site there are a few things to look for and when looking for a site and here are some questions to ask your self.
- Tree removal, if the lot is heavily treed or over growth of brush that will have to be cleared and the expense of removal of trees and stumps can add up quickly.
- Site elevation and suitable building soils to support a home. Is the lot elevation's of the land correct for a foundation. Does it look like additional excavating will be needed to build up the grade for the foundation or drive into the home. Prior to purchasing your lot Hedberg Homes will inspect the site with you and give you recordation's good or bad.
- Type of septic is can be an expense driver you may want to have a perk test done prior to lot purchase which will provide you the correct information on what type of system will be required. Having the correct cost allowance for well and sceptic can save you problems in the very end, so they items need to be addressed.
- Connecting power to the home can be costly if the home sits back off the main road. Power company will charge a per foot cost to run power to the home.
- Is there natural gas or will you be on propane?
Floor Plan and Option Selection:
After choosing the lot, our team will show you plans from homes that we have previously built and with our teams many years of new construction experience can help with recommendations based your needs and wants you have. You may want to add or decrease size on certain plans and once that information is gathered we will design the plan to your needs. The great thing about a customer home builder is that you get to insert or choose the options you want in your new home.
Once we have your information we will prepare your plan and either send your images of your front exterior and floor plan then once the plan is finalized then we will price out the home based off of the changes and then you can take a 3d virtual tour of the home and see your changes.
Plans and Specification Approval:
Once you decide to move forward, we will write a purchase agreement subject to final plans and specification approval. Rest assured, you will not be pressured into this decision and will only move forward when you feel completely comfortable. Our realty team will explain all the components such as contingencies, progress payments, 1/2/10 warranty, your liabilities and much more. Once the purchase agreement has been agreed to by all parties, we submit your plans to a drafts person to complete working set of plans. We also provide your will a 25+ page specification addendum. This will be have every detail, from your kitchen layout to your model and style of the faucets in your bathrooms and your sidewalk design. Once all the changes to the blue print and specification addendum have been signed off on we are ready for construction!
Once plans are finalized the first step is to send the plan to a surveyor and have the home staked on the lot. Once we receive the Survey back from the Surveyor and plans are completed then we summit to the City for the building permit. This is the slowest period of the home build since it seems that nothing is being done, but there is behind the scenes.
Building time frame:
From the time we start digging an ideal construction process will take 90 days but can vary from City to City and move as fast as you want it to.
The Selection Phase:
This is the most exciting part! With all the excitement we like to make sure that other items are moving on time. Even though you have selected certain items you will still need to select them for approval through Builders Trend a cloud base program that shows selections (when they need to be completed by) and a time frame they need to be completed. There will be a calendar online that you can view to see the steps in the building process. NOTE the schedule will vary from time to time. In Builders Trend you will find all the contact information for the Vendors that you will visit for your selections.
Overall Building Process:
There are things that are out of a builders control that can delay construction. City permits, weather, and material holds are just a few examples. While we strive to keep these things from becoming major deterrents, we will keep you fully informed, give options and resolutions if needed and keep your total satisfactions as our utmost objective.
Once the project is completed and cleaned for closing your will do a walk-through. Any imperfections will be identified and resolved. During the walk-through the entire home operation will be explained to you in detail. Once everything is completed, we will proceed with the closing. We provide you with your manuals and warranty information at this time.
1 Year Walk-through:
1 year after your closing we will perform another walk-through with you. Any workmanship issues such as dry wall tape cracks or nail pops will be noted and repaired for you. These types of issues may occur through the normal process of the house settling.