FAQs

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How do I get started?

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First, you need to set a realistic budget on what you what to spend to complete the project. . You also need to have a idea of what you are looking for. Do you want to build a 3 bedroom colonial, a 4 bedroom ranch, or a family room addition. You will need to know approx. what size the project is going to be. We can then work with you to develop a final plan and a budget for your new home.

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I don’t have any plans for my project, what should I do?

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Once you have decided what exactly you would like to build, we can work with you to develop plans. We can use our Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program to draw the needed plans to obtain the needed building permits for your home. We can also make the needed changes to plans that you may have found in a plan magazine. Change the size, layout, whatever changes you may desire.

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How much can I expect to pay for a set of house plans?

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There are books at the local Home Centers that have house plans that can be purchased for as little as $3- 400. Custom plans usually run anywhere from $800 for a small addition, to $1,000 to several thousand dollars to design a custom home, again dependant on the style, size and complexity of the house.

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I have my plans, what happens next?

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A site plan, along with the house plans, a copy of the builder’s licenses, the builder’s insurance certificate, a MassCheck Energy Audit, and the Building Permit Application are submitted to the local Building Department for approval.

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How much will it cost to build?

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There are no set costs to build a home or addition. A comprehensive budget will be established after plans are completed. This budget is made from input from you, the homeowner, from the selections you have made in regards to the quantity and quality of the materials to be used in your building project. These selections may include windows and doors, floor covering, cabinetry, and bathroom fixtures to name a few.

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Who takes out the Building Permit?

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We as your contractor will take out all the needed Building Permits from your local town. We have all the needed insurances, and licenses to get the needed permits.

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How long does it take to have the permit granted?

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The average time to have the permit granted is usually about 3 weeks. The State law gives the local Building Official 30 days to grant the permit.

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Do I have to sign a contract?

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The contractor will sign a detailed Construction Contract with you, listing exactly what work is being done, exactly what materials are to be used, and what the price and payment schedule will be.

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How long does it take to build my house?

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Once the permit is obtained from the town, it usually takes 3-4 months to build an average home. It depends on the complexity, style, and size of your home. A smaller house can be built in 3 months, and larger, more complex home could take up to a year to complete.

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Are there any inspections made by the local Building Officials?

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Yes there are. There are many different inspections made during the construction of your home or addition. The local town inspectors will visit the site and inspect the construction project many times during the time the project is being built. The foundation, the wood framing, the electrical, plumbing, heating systems, are all inspected during the construction, and again upon completion, to make sure that they are in compliance of the local Building Codes. The contractor will call and arrange for these inspections to be done.

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Can I make the selections of the materials that our home will be built with?

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Absolutely, we will work with you during the building process, and help you select the colors and materials that you would like to have in your home. We work with well-established local suppliers that have samples of different cabinets, floor coverings, etc. for you to choose from. You get to select everything that goes into your new home, from roofing to light fixtures.

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How are payments made to the builder?

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The Construction Contract will have a payment schedule. The schedule lists the amount of payment due, and at what point during construction that they are due. At that point, the contractor is paid the amount due in the contract.

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Do you warranty the work that you do?

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We warranty all of the work we do in writing for a period of 1 year. Should you happen to have a problem with a component of your home, upon written notification, we will respond as soon as possible to correct any problem that you may have.