As a general contractor, Custom Family Homes will direct all phases of your home’s construction, from design to completion. We are accustomed to working with out-of-town owners who depend upon us to represent their interests and deliver a finished, quality home. The following is a rough overview of the building process:
A first meeting with Custom Family Homes will deal with many of the general questions of the building project. This can take place in our office, over the phone, or by fax or e-mail. Our initial contact will answer such questions as:
Where is your property?
If you have not purchased property yet, where are you looking? Our input at this point may help you choose property that will be easier and less expensive to build on. If you have no property in mind, we can suggest realtors that can assist you in finding the right property for you.
What style of home are you considering?
Your location, lot attributes, views, and personal desires will all be taken into account when discussing the style and layout of your home.
Do you already have a set of plans?
Many clients are already working with an architect or may have found plan ideas on the internet. If you do not have a set of plans, we will work with you to design a home which embodies the features you desire.
How will you be financing the home?
Custom Family Homes can help you obtain construction and permanent financing. We will work with the bank, giving them the information they will need to make accurate appraisals and qualify your home for the appropriate loan.
During the visit, we can discuss the placement of the house, driveway access, utility easements, or other conditions which may effect the building process. This will also give us a better idea of how the design will fit the lot.
The job of building a house is broken down into tasks, which will be performed by subcontractors. Once the plans are finalized, Custom Family Homes will assemble a detailed specification and pricing for your plan in accordance with your specific needs including all phases of construction including allowances for floor coverings and light fixtures.
During the pricing phase, customers will often have questions about different building products or optional features they would like to explore. Custom Family Homes is able to quote prices for these options, often reducing the overall cost of the project. We will be happy to explore all options, which will help the customer obtain the home they want at a price they can afford.
Once the price is agreed upon, Custom Family Homes will draw up a construction contract. Together with the building plans, the contract will serve as an objective guideline for legal and financial interaction between you and Custom Family Homes. It will spell out what the parties can expect from each other.
Custom Family Homes will represent your project to the proper city and county building authorities. We will obtain permits for building, utility hookups, road cuts, driveways, septic system, and any other bureaucratic red tape.
We will assist and guide you through the design and selection of plumbing and lighting fixtures, carpets, tile, cabinets, etc., which will be installed in your home. Not all choices need to be made before the start of construction. You will have some leeway to change your mind as the project progresses.
All subcontractors are fully licensed, insured, and directly supervised by the Custom Family Home staff.
Custom Family Homes will build the home according to the plans and the contract.
After the home is completed and passes the final inspection, it is awarded a certificate of occupancy by the city in which it is located. At the final closing, which is arranged with your lending institution, you are handed the keys to your new home.
During your warranty period, any defects in your home will be handled by calling the Custom Family Homes office in Effingham. The appropriate craftsman will be dispatched to deal with the problem.