PROCESS

Build Cincinnati has developed a proven step-by -step guide to building a custom home so clients understand what to expect along the way.

Building a Home Takes Time!

As you research options for a new home, it’s good to understand the building process so you can see if it’s the right choice for you and your family.  We’ve taken the best practices in custom home building to develop a consistent and stress-free building process.

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STEP 1: DECIDING TO BUILD.

Deciding to build is not a decision that comes lightly. Typically buyers are considering resale homes and just can’t find what they’re looking for. When deciding to build, it’s important to understand the process and have an advocate on your side – one that understands the complexities of building, which is the exact reason behind Build Cincinnati.
One of the most important steps in this entire process is to understand your budget. Many builders require this prior to meeting so it’s best to knock it out early. We recommend reaching out to a bank or loan officer that deals with new construction on a regular basis to find out your financing options. Not all banks are created equal so feel free to lean on our team for suggestions.

STEP 2: GET PRE-APPROVED.

STEP 3: RESEARCH EVERYTHING.

Understanding your marketing and building options is key to making an informed decision. With Build Cincinnati on your side, you’ll have EVERYTHING at your fingertips: building requirements, lots options, community information, tax info, builder info, popular designs and much more!
Once you’ve reviewed the options in your desired locations, the next step would be to narrow down your lot options to one or two. This will often answer quite a few questions, including builder options, size of home, floor plan options and price.

STEP 4: SELECT A LOT.

STEP 5: RESEARCH AND SELECT A BUILDER.

The reason we do not have this step earlier in the process is because, as we mentioned, the lot or community often dictates the builder you choose. A few items to consider when interviewing builders are reputation, background, financial strength, customer service, personality and warranties.
This can be different from builder to builder, but they all require a design agreement to start designing your home with an architect. The upfront deposit can range from $5,000 to $10,000, which will be partially nonrefundable due to architect cost. Review each design agreement carefully so that you understand all of the details.

STEP 6: SIGN A DESIGN AGREEMENT AND START DESIGNING YOUR NEW HOME.

STEP 7: DESIGN AND PRICING.

Once you have fine-tuned your preliminary drawings to an acceptable plan, the builder will take the next step of offering a preliminary price. To fully quote a price, construction drawings are typically needed so the builder can obtain bids, but the builder should be able to offer a preliminary price to make sure it’s in your budget. If that is acceptable, you and the builder would give the architect the green lights to finalize the Construction drawings. Quite often, an additional deposit is required at this time.
Once the construction drawings are complete, the builder will bid out the plan to contractors and vendors and deliver a final purchase price complete with a full spec sheet. This is where the negotiating starts and you execute a contract with the builder.

STEP 8: CONTRACT TO BUILD HOME.

STEP 9: ENGINEERING AND PERMITTING.

Providing a contract has been executed, the final step before construction is submitting the plans and engineering to the county or municipality. Permitting can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks.
Once all the necessary permits are granted, the builder will begin construction as soon as agreed, which is most often immediately. Build time can take anywhere from 6-9 months depending on the weather and size of home.

STEP 10: START CONSTRUCTION.

STEP 11: FINAL WALK THROUGH AND CLOSING

When the home is completed, the builder and buyer will walk through the home to identify any punch list items. These are dealt with prior to moving in to make sure the home is as intended.
Depending on the type of financing, there will be an end loan closing with the builder, bank and title company or the final draw will be issued. From that point, the builder will have final inspections and deliver the home when the final Certificate of Occupancy is delivered from the municipality.

FINAL STEP: CLOSING AND MOVING IN.

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