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The Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a New Home

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 04, 2018
The Carolina Ranch Style Modular Floor Plan – The T-Ranch You’ve been Waiting For - Greensboro, NC

Congratulations on your decision to build a new home! It goes without saying this investment will be one of the largest single purchases you will ever make, requiring the due diligence, research and investigation it rightly deserves. When it comes to building your dream home, you simply must perform your homework before signing on the dotted line—if not, you may find yourself suffering from Buyer’s Remorse before you’ve finished moving in.

Here at Silverpoint Homes, in an effort to educate all potential new homeowners, we hired a marketing company to perform some independent research, speaking with nearly two dozen area families, around each of our Sales Centers in West Virginia and North Carolina, who decided to build a new home with other builders.

They were asked if they would share their insights regarding what they would do differently if they had the opportunity to press the proverbial reset button. In every instance they were happy to help other homebuyers learn from their mistakes in order to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself.

With that being said, we’re proud to present “The Top Five Mistakes To Avoid When Building A New Home”.

#1. Failure To Identify, Understand & Budget For The Total Project

“My husband and I thought we knew what to expect financially. But our contractor never took the time to define all the extra costs involved until more money was needed for something.”

Yes, it happens way too often and gives all homebuilders a bad reputation. Certain contractors are more concerned with getting buyers to sign on the dotted line that they gloss over certain aspects of the project that definitely have an impact on the budget’s bottom line. Here are just a few examples:

  • Utility Access: Septic, power, water lines, natural gas—even Internet and cable TV, all has to be considered.
  • Size, Length & Material of The Driveway: Gravel, concrete or asphalt? How wide and how long will your driveway be? Make you sure you plan for these costs.
  • Building Permits: Did you know some municipalities and counties charge as much as 1% of the total construction cost of your new home just for the building permit?
  • Landscaping: A 50 lb. bag of grass seed can be over $100 and bails of straw over $7 each. A truckload of nice screened top soil can be very pricey. This adds up to more than pocket change.
  • Site Preparation: Does your site require clearing and grade work? Unless you’ve got a buddy with a bulldozer, you should expect from a couple to several thousand dollars.
  • Lender Closing Costs: Most buyers expect closing costs but do not realize they can be 3-6% of the amount financed. Make sure to review this with multiple lenders before selecting yours. Do not just look at the monthly payment, look at the total costs.

Here at Silverpoint Homes we offer a Free Project Budget Review addressing each of the above topics, and more, prior to agreeing to build your new home! We do everything possible to make certain you totally understand the budget, scope of work, and overall cost of your new home.

#2. Excessive Change Orders

“I didn’t even know what a ‘change order’ was! But I do now. I wish I would have listened to my gut instinct -it all just seemed too good to be true.”

Change Orders... realistically changes will come up during construction. Most often change orders are the result of lack of common understanding of the build print or the options. Upfront planning and detail review is the key to avoid change orders. But when they do become necessary, the key is to make sure you approve of any changes before implemented and ensure they don’t become overwhelming and expensive. Do not be shy about asking details regarding any change orders your contractor presents. Make sure to get it in writing before work is performed.

Change orders can often become runaway expenses on a “forever home.” A field change can run 50-200% more than the initial cost of doing it right the first time. But if you don’t like something, you just have to change it. $200 here, $500 there, $2,000 for this, $750 for that. It is common to hear of going at least 10% above project estimates in change orders for site built homes. These are generally legitimate costs for the contractor, especially when rework is required. Plus they often delay the project for several hours, days, or even weeks.

“Allowances” is also a common term builders will use. There is nothing wrong with some allowances, just make sure you understand what was “allowed.” For instance, a builder allocates an amount of funding for a basic kitchen, enough to purchase and install typical “off the shelf” cabinets, appliances and countertops. This is your dream house—of course you’re going to want kitchen upgrades—but at this point they’re going to cost you a lot more!

The best-case scenario is your builder failed to service you properly through planning and communication. At worst, they viewed this as an opportunity to squeeze more money out of you.

Silverpoint Homes strives to avoid change orders. In fact, in the past year less than 10% of our customers had change orders, and for those that did the average was cost was less than $1,000. Ok, you’re probably thinking how is that even possible, right?

Here’s how.....

  • We display several fully decorated model homes in order for our customers to decide on the right look, and, more importantly, the proper feel of their new home.
  • We discuss, show, and review the various options available, making sure they are completely satisfied and educated from the very beginning.
  • We provide all documentation to our customers, so there’s never any “i” left undotted or “t” uncrossed!

#3. Underestimating the Time & Effort Required

“Our contractor told us it would take about 6 months to build our home. It took 13 months. He didn’t tell us that he could not start for 3 months and then winter hit causing us to be delayed even more.”

“We had to be at the job site every single day to review what was being worked on and find out what materials we needed to select next just to keep things moving. Then we spent hours at all the stores figuring out what colors and materials we wanted. It was like a second full time job.”

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the national average construction time for a single-family home is 8 months. That does not sound too bad.

However, if you want a good, reputable builder they will have a backlog of a few to several months, even a year or more. If a builder can start right away, you might want to ask some questions.

Silverpoint Homes average build time from deposit received to keys handed over is under 4 months for a ranch home and 6 months for a cape cod with a finished second floor. Typically 4-6 weeks of this time is waiting on utilities to be connected. Because we utilize modular construction, we are able to work on several homes at the same time and start immediately. We can also build year round as it only takes a few days to dry in our homes and they are 90% complete at that point.

Many buyers also fail to consider how long the lending process can take. Since the 2008 financial crisis, many rules and regulations have changed. This has slowed the process significantly. The typical time from sales contract to closing is 60 - 90 days.

Unfortunately, we cannot do anything about this except to make buyers aware. So if you say you want to build in the spring, you should start at Thanksgiving.

Selecting materials and colors for your home sounds like fun, right? And it can be for the first few major selections, but then it becomes a chore driving to the different stores, getting tiny 2”x2” samples, seeing if they match, deciding which one looks best, drive back to the stores, ordering it, making sure it is in stock or if it will be delivered before the contractor needs it. It becomes a major hassle with pressure of deadlines.

Silverpoint Homes makes the selection process easy with our 500 square foot Design Center. All the options are on display in one convenient location. Plus if you need to see something in full scale, chances are we have it in one of our many model homes.

#4. Neglecting to Study the Build Specifications & What is/isn’t Included in the Price

“We assumed a new house would be built to last, and why wouldn’t we? Was it too much to expect our home would be built right and include everything? I mean, the house looks beautiful on the outside, but to say that’s deceiving is a huge understatement.”

Even in today’s housing market, many counties, especially in West Virginia still don’t have Building Code Enforcement offices. Sadly, certain builders take advantage of this, building homes that simply aren’t up to code. Just a few of the catastrophic results of failing to follow code includes:

  • Shallow Footers
  • Insufficient Structural Load Rating
  • Reduced Insulation
  • Wrong Grade Of Materials
  • Improper Construction

Silverpoint Homes takes great pride in our build specifications. Every modular home is third party inspected before leaving the manufacturer. We meet or exceed all state and local building codes. What is included in the price should be in black in white. It is the “what is not included” that is hard to review. Many builders present a laundry list of included items and it all looks great and causes your eyes to glaze over reading the fine print. Here are a few of the commonly missed items:

  • Kitchen Appliances
  • HVAC system
  • Closet shelving
  • Dryer vent
  • Exterior Faucets
  • Dead bolts
  • Crane for setup (if modular)

Before the house is even created, our customers know up front what is included in the price and what isn’t. We’re talking about everything from your build specifications, options, colors, appliances, warranties, taxes, even the equipment needed to build the foundation or place your house! We put this on our price sheets that our customers receive on the very first visit. The price sheet clearly states what is not included in our price and allow our customers the ability to add those if desired.

We’ve found being direct, clear and informative from the very beginning is the best way to ensure our customers get the home they’ve always dreamed of, avoiding all headache or heartbreak during the entire process.

#5. Failing To Ask For References & Testimonials

“If there was one thing I absolutely regret in regards to building my home it’s this. I wish I had asked for references. With that information I would have been able to make a better decision.” It’s really mind-boggling—we check online reviews for restaurants, read critics’ reviews before we plunk down ten bucks to see a movie and even request the opinion of our friends as to where purchase a gas grill—but we don’t take a close look at who will be building our home?

We can’t stress enough the importance of speaking to current homeowners, even asking if you could take a tour of their house. Any builder worth their salt will be happy to provide certifications, proof of insurance, and worker’s comp policies for you to review. But don’t stop there!

Go online and enter your prospective homebuilder into all the major search engines and see what turns up. If you notice a trend of negative feedback you’ll definitely want to move onto another builder. If you don’t see anything at all, you will need to ask around.

If your county has a Building Code Enforcement Office, call them to see if they have any concerns or reservations.

Silverpoint Homes has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and has been voted the Number One Favorite Place To Buy A Home by the readers of the

Register-Herald—seven years running! We’ve also been honored by the Manufactured Housing Institute as the 2015 National Retail Sales Center of the Year!

BONUS MISTAKE YOU WON’T WANT TO MAKE!

#6. Not Building Your Home with Silverpoint Homes

“If I had the chance to do it again, I would have bought from Silverpoint Homes.”

This statement was said by more than one homeowner. You can avoid all of the mistakes above by selecting Silverpoint Homes as the builder of your new dream home!

It may sound like a lot of work building a new home, and you’re right, it is, but we pledge to be with you every step of the way! When you choose Silverpoint Homes you’ll never have to worry about “buyer’s remorse”—we always look out for your best interests.

Come visit our Sales Center for peace of mind!

Choose Silverpoint Homes for Your New Home Construction Project?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Modular Home Construction -  Greensboro, NC

We understand that a home is often the single largest investment you will ever make. Our new homes provide not only peace of mind with our incredible Foundation to Rafters 10 Year Limited Home Warranty, they are also more value than the other options you’ve been considering. Here’s just a sample of what makes Silverpoint Homes a wise investment:

  • We’ve been in the business for over 15 years, unlike some of the other “fly by night” builders who leave you after the sale or some have left during the build.
  • Awarded the 2015 National Retail Sales Center of the Year by the Manufactured Housing Institute
  • Voted The Favorite Place To Buy a Manufactured Home by the readers of the Register-Herald 7 years running.
  • We have the largest display of modular model homes in the region.
  • Family owned & operated, meaning you’ll interface directly with us.
  • We’re very experienced, having sold over 700 homes.
  • Silverpoint Homes is a licensed General Contractor in WV, VA, & NC.
  • Take a look at our current modular floor plans and model homes. Trust us, if a new home is still in your future you will want to consider modular construction.

You’ll be amazed at how comfortable, practical – and affordable a new home from Silverpoint Homes can be, contact us Silverpoint Homes!

Choosing Modular Homes Over Traditional Construction

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Silverpoint Homes - modular homes in Martinsville, VA

Modular homes are built in large sections in a factory, then delivered and assembled at the construction site.

Because of the efficiencies of constructing most of the home in a factory setting, modular homes can be a great option for buyers.

Follow these tips to help you find a modular home that will fit your needs.

The Modular Home Dealer

Your first stop is finding a qualified, licensed dealer who works with modular home manufacturers.

The best dealers are licensed general contractor who can handle all aspects of constructing your modular home. They will make certain that the modular home floor plan meets your specifications and budget.

Dealers oversee all aspects of putting your home together, which includes securing correct permits, foundation, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and carpentry work, all of which will occur onsite.

Additionally, the best dealers will assist you with your lender and title company to ensure that everything goes smoothly for you.

The Modular Home Manufacturer

Once you pick a dealer, you can begin to look at styles of modular homes.

Each manufacturer has different options. There are sizes, floor plans and architectural designs to consider. Maybe you would prefer a one-story ranch, two-story home, Cape Cod or vacation style home. You can customize the look to meet your lifestyle and budget.

At Silverpoint Homes our slogan is Build Better. Build Easier for a reason. We have fewer contractors involved and we have over 20 homes at 4 locations for you to see, touch and feel. Very few other builders have this.

Because these homes are manufactured by using innovative technologies in a controlled environment, the result is a more precisely built home. Weather during construction will not impact the construction process or deadlines.

We purchase massive qualities of materials for our factories, and we pass that cost savings on to you.

The production process is completed in a controlled environment with over 20 quality checks throughout the construction process. Then the home is delivered and placed onto your foundation. All the modules are assembled and finish work is completed, such as electrical and plumbing.

Research the background and expertise of your modular home dealer and manufacturer. Look carefully at the features and design of the manufacturer's plans. All of this will result in a high-quality home built to last.

For more information on modular homes and modular construction, contact Silverpoint Homes.

Modular Homes are Built Faster and Better than Traditionally Constructed Homes

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Silverpoint Homes- Charleston, WV

With this buyer’s market, many people are considering their options when it comes to buying or building a new home. However, another option for home building is becoming more and more popular today: modular home construction. Because of the reasonable modular home prices, faster building time, quality assurances, vast array of floor plans, and customization options, building a home has never been so easy.

Compared to traditional on-site construction, modular construction can be completed much faster. This is because the modular homes are constructed in a factory-like setting into modules. Then, those modules are delivered to the permanent site and only need to be joined by the contractor. This means site-work and construction can be done at the same time. Building a modular home is much quicker than building a traditional stick built home, however the length of time will still depend on the design of the house and the capabilities of the contractor. Normally, after the design phase is completed, the production of these homes can take 1-2 weeks in the factory; then another 2-4 weeks for the home to be assembled by the builder after it is delivered to the site.

Keep in mind that bank financing is also far less complicated than you may think because banks, insurance companies, and appraisers consider a modular home the same as traditional homes. For more information on modular home construction, contact Silverpoint Homes.

Front and Interior Doors Complement Your Modular Home

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Your front door is your first line of defense. So it's essential for modular home to be functional without compromising the aesthetic features of your front and interior doors. Choosing the right frames to work best with your preferred door panels is also part of the process. Working closely with your Home Builders in WV is recommended so that your preferences and concerns can be addressed while still in planning phase.

Modular Homes, Charleston, WV offers a wide selection of front and interior door panels and frames that can be further customized to better complement your home style. Door modules are manufactured in a factory setting and formed to conform adjustable door installations. Floor plans can be modified as well to tailor doors that needs larger spaces.

For modified modular floor plans, door frames and trims are very convenient and add elegance to typical and basic doors. Since modular construction offers limitless possibilities for door design that come with lower construction costs, more and more home buyers prefer this construction method. For more details about front and interior doors for modular homes, contact Silverpoint Homes.

Modular Construction for Strong Hurricane Proof Homes

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 09, 2018
Silver Point Homes - Modular Homes Princeton, WV

Spring may bring with it warmer weather but if you think the weather stays perfect throughout the season, think again. As the matter of fact, severe storms often occur during spring and summer because the warm air they bring forth is the main ingredient for the formation of thunderstorms. Due to this fact, many homebuyers in West Virginia now consider hurricane-proof modular homes for a sturdy shelter in times of harsh weather.

Modular homes, Princeton, WV are built from series of modules. Each modules needs is built with high-quality materials and meets or exceeds local and state building codes. However, home builders Princeton WV often exceed this requirement. This because the modules need to be strong enough to be transported to the actual home site. During assembly, they need to be tough enough to handle craning. This means every module is glued and screwed offering an extra layer of durability.

Furthermore, the modules are then strapped, bolted and screwed together to secure the foundation. A series of large steel anchors are used to support the home which further protect it during severe flash floods. In addition, modular homes are constructed to withstand 180 mph gusting winds. For more information about hurricane-proof modular homes, contact Silver Point Homes.

Home Building Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 16, 2018
Silver Point Homes - Modular homes features, Beckley, WV

Building a home requires a lot of decision-making and it's even more critical when it's your first time partaking in this process. Poor planning and extensive miscalculations can be very costly and time consuming to change. Below are a few things to keep in mind before you start the new home construction process.

Size and Location - People tend to invest in building a home for now, but often they plan to stay there for the long haul. For this reason, it's important to take into consideration your future plans. If you plan to live there forever, consider the location and it's convenience. The size of your house greatly depends on your budget. It is advisable to build a flexible moderate-size home for starting families. This is what is so great about modular home building system. You can make quick expansions of your house in the future without spending too much.

Insulation and Fireplaces - A perfectly insulated house with a magnificent fireplace guarantees a warm and cozy home during winter months. Planning ahead the type and design of your heating system and installing it during the time of construction can save you money and time.Modular homes features excellent insulation and modern fireplace design to meet home heating requirements.

Doors and Windows - The interior and exterior look of you home matters equally. It is important to make sure you pick the right design, style, and dimension for doors and windows that suit you. It's important that your house is well-ventilated and well-lit with natural light. Moreover, doors and windows are your basic line of protection from weather so make sure they are durable and long- lasting. Modular construction offers a wide-array of door and window panel models that are premium quality and highly customizable to cater to your wants, budget, and needs.

Power Outlets - Create a layout regarding where you want to place your power outlets and make sure they are accessible.

These are just some of the basic but often overlooked considerations when building a house. There are even more details that needs attention as well. However, there is a huge advantage when consider modular construction over conventional construction methods because modules are prefabricated in a controlled environment. This means the process is monitored closely to ensure quality of product and timely-delivery. If you are planning to build your first home, seek a certified modular home builder, contact Silverpoint Homes.

Modular Homes Have Weather-Resistant Barriers For Added Protection

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 09, 2018
Silver Point Homes - Modular home construction in Greensboro, NC

House wrap is a synthetic material that is installed in modular homes to protect the house from moisture infiltration and prevent mold from growing inside the walls and attic. It serves as a weather-resistant barrier in addition to insulation that prevents moisture from damaging the exterior walls of the house.

Modular home construction in Greensboro, NC uses a superior weather protection system to ensure that air and water cannot penetrate the walls while still allowing the home to breathe. The barrier allows the moisture to escape from the cavity walls. Moreover, Silverpoint Homes modular builders apply quality house wraps that are tough, rip resistant and which will cover all cracks and crevices to support the function of the insulation. The wrap and insulation work together to keep the home air-tight and ready for all types of weather.

Quality house wrap needs to be used in order to protect the house and help withstand heat from sun exposure and which won’t easily deteriorate. The efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the modular home building system relies on the premium materials used in the construction process. For more information about modular construction, contact Silver Point Homes.

The Drake Ranch Style Home Caters to Folksy Retreats

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, January 20, 2018
Silver Point Homes - Drake Large Ranch Modular Home

Family gatherings are merrier when everyone can fit comfortably. But when space is too small for the whole family, those gatherings can become pretty chaotic and expensive. To keep the warmth of togetherness of family, close-knit families can consider a large vacation style home.

The Drake Large Ranch Modular Home is an expansive ranch style home ideal for large extended families and gatherings. Equipped with a large master suite and three bedrooms, this house welcomes guests who would like to spend a few days with the family. An open living room and dining area can host large gatherings for relatives with a separate den that is conducive for the more intimate conversations. Amenities like optional decorative columns and customization in the kitchen complete the package of this family retreat house.

Modular construction takes advantage of Drake modular home floor plan’s rectangular shape as prefabricated rectangular modules can be laid out faster on the actual permanent site. Less piping and wiring work is required as well. All this means a faster turnover of your folksy home. For more about this modular floor plan, contact Silverpoint Homes.

Comfortable and Compact Living with the Amherst Craftsman Cape Cod Style Modular Home

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Silver Point Homes - Modular homes in Beckley, WV

Excess space in large homes is challenging in regards to maintenance and energy efficiency. It is important, especially for new and growing families, to maximize the available living space. The Amherst Craftsman Cape Cod Style modular floor plan is ideal for those who are looking for a compact home where the needs of every family member are addressed without compromising comfort and elegance.

The small porch area of this 2,703 square foot modular home is perfectly offset by an open living, dining and kitchen area. By placing the living and dining areas next to each other, a wide living space is receives guests at the front door, integrating function and form without the need for additional space. The master bedroom is strategically located in the front for a spectacular view of the outdoors with just the right size closets and bathroom. The two other bedrooms on the first floor are each equipped with a walk-in closet while sharing a bathroom. The space in the second floor can accommodate two more bedrooms for guests or additional room for kids in growing families. Modular home construction also allows clients to specify framing for the second floor layout.

Modular homes in Beckley, WV are built using the latest technology in modular construction. The methods involved are highly efficient in cutting the project completion time in half. Modules are pre-fabricated in an offsite factory under standardized processes in order to maintain high quality of materials. Comfortable and compact living is now within every family’s grasp. To find out more about the Amherst Craftsman Cape Cod Style and other available modular floor plans contact Silverpoint Homes.