Frequently Asked Questions
Building your dream home is a big decision and we’re sure you’ve got a lot of questions! We’ve put together some of the questions we get asked most often. Click the buttons below the FAQ’s if you’d like to contact us with more questions, or to find the office nearest you.
Q. What is "Build on Your Land" construction?
A. The concept is simple. Use the property you already own or pick the exact lot, land, or rural property that you want to live on. Then select from more that 60 Realty home designs and get started building the home of your dreams.
Q. Why should I buy a Reality Home?
A. With a new Reality Home, you simply get “MORE” – More floor plans to choose from, more standard features included, more choices to select from, more style and more equity.
Q. Is a Reality Home energy efficient?
A. Yes! EVERY Reality Home is built to our “Energy-Smart” construction standards. Our homes are built with energy saving features that yield maximum efficiency, reduced ongoing energy costs and provide added comfort. We use features like Raised-Heel (Energy-Truss) Trusses, Air tight drywall application, Sealed can lights, Tyvek house wrap, Heat-Pump hot water tanks, 30/30 low-e Jeld-Wen windows, Advanced framing techniques, Insulated window and exterior door headers, Air barrier at garage warm wall, and the list goes on and on…
Q. What if I don’t have land?
A. We have relationships in most of our build areas with land specialist. We would be happy to put you in contact with them directly to get you started on your search based on the area you want to live.
Q. How long does the New Home building process take?
A. There are 3 phases to the construction process. Provided that you already have land, the 1st phase is securing your financing, which can take 30 to 60 days.
In the 2nd phase, you will prepare your land for your new home and acquire the appropriate permits, which usually takes approximately 30 to 90 days or longer depending on your County.
The final phase is the construction of your new home and, depending on the size of the home that you choose, will take approximately 200 to 240 days. (The location of your property and the challenges it may create, the time of year your home is built and the number of custom changes you make to your home are all examples of things that may impact the build schedule.)
Q. I have sloped property, can I add a basement to the plan?
A. Absolutely! We have built hundreds with daylight basements. Our Design Team will be happy to give you ideas for stairs and landing locations based on the plan you select.
Q. Do you hire subcontractors?
A. We do. By hiring independent subcontractors we have access to a larger, more talented team of tradesmen than we could ever employ. Many of these skilled men and woman live in or near the towns your building in. Your project manager and subcontractors work together to keep your project moving along, managing material, schedule and lead times.
Q. Is Reality Homes a franchised organization?
A. No Way! We pride ourselves as being a family owned and operated company with three generations of family involved in our day to day operations. Reality Homes offers the same financial strengths, standard home features, promotions, warranty and quality control at all ten of our locations. You will not find that same unity with franchised builders.
Q. Is this a modular or manufactured home?
A. No. Our homes are custom built on your land. A foundation is poured and a lumber package is delivered to your site, our framing crew then proceeds to build from the ground up.
Q. How are your prices so affordable?
A. It’s quite simple; volume and experience. You see we have built thousands of homes across the Pacific Northwest and have made many dedicated relationships with our sub-contractor and supplier partners enabling us to negotiate volume pricing and passing the savings on to you.
Q. Do you allow us to make floor plan changes?
A. Absolutely! We build exactly what you want, right where you want it. Our Design Team can help you move walls and windows, add closets, 3rd. car garages, covered patio space, or just about anything else that makes your house feel like HOME.
Q. Can you build my floor plan?
A. Yes we can, however it typically costs more. You see our compelling value starts with floor plans we are familiar with and that have been carefully designed and engineered to limit material waste and maximize value. Remember though we allow personal customization to our floor plans, enabling you to express your dreams and ideas.
Q. Do I have to spend a bunch of extra money on upgrades to get a beautiful home?
A. No Way! We proudly include a stunning array of standard features in all of our homes regardless of the size or price. You will realize features like: True 8′ ceilings, Rim-Joist Floor System, 30yr. Architectural roofing w/ridge vent, Custom staggered kitchen cabinets, Jeld-Wen windows, 50yr. Full Lap siding, Designer lighting and plumbing fixtures, Mohawk carpeting, a Transferable Structural Warranty, and the list goes on.
Q. Can we use our land toward the down payment?
A. Yes! In fact if you own your property outright or have equity in your property, a down payment may not be required.
Q. What kind of warranty do you offer?
A. We include one of the most trusted and comprehensive warranties in the industry by 2-10 HBW. This third party, insurance backed program is considered the gold standard of warranty protection for new home construction and is fully transferable.
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