- Stages of Construction
At Scott Felder Homes we provide exceptional quality, beauty, and value all delivered in a timely manner. Excellent craftsmanship and reliable customer service has earned Scott Felder Homes a reputation as the premier new home builder in Central Texas.
As home builders, we realize that the key to providing a better home-buying experience is to help our customers - who will soon be new home owners - to recognize the steps of development. Understanding the home-buying process makes the home construction experience much easier and much more exciting to follow. “Contract to Keys” was created to educate buyers on what to expect from the Scott Felder Homes home buying experience.
Please contact a sales associate if you have any questions regarding the new home building process.
1. Sales Agreement
The first step in the exciting process of building your new home is submission of the Sales Agreement. Once we have the agreement and the Earnest Money Deposit is received you are ready to begin. All structural options and plan design requirements listed on the “Change Order Request” will need to be initialized at the time of contract so architectural plans may be ordered.
2. Mortgage Application
With the pricing of your new home complete, your next step will be to secure financing. Within five business days of acceptance of the Sales Agreement, a loan application must be made with First Continental Mortgage, Ltd. Acknowledgement of the loan application must be communicated to your Sales Associate within five days. Included in your Homebuyers Guide is a loan mortgage package from First Continental Mortgage.
3. Design Studio “Preview”
Now the fun part begins where you will select the distinct home features that reflect your individuality and lifestyle. Within three business days of acceptance, the Design Studio will contact you to schedule your appointments. During your appointment all selections for the interior and exterior of the home will be made except for those affecting structure and foundation. Please note that the Design Studio is by appointment only Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. Please allow up to 3 hours for the appointment.
4. Mortgage Pre-Approval
A conditional mortgage pre-approval must be submitted to your Sales Associate prior to the start of your home. Once your financing has been secured we prepare a purchase agreement which is the legal document creating an agreement between you as a buyer and Scott Felder Homes as your builder. The signed purchase agreement provides the framework for the building process and sets your new home’s pre construction process in motion.
Contract Deposits. Within 10 business days of contract acceptance all deposits for structural options on change order requests are due to your Sales Associate.
5. Design Studio “Final”
The final Design Studio appointment is a time to review all selections and pricing requested. At the final appointment all selections are finalized and deposits are collected. No changes will be permitted once selections are complete. Allow up to 3 hours for the appointment. All design studio selections must be finalized within 21 days.
6. Construction Process
Pre-Start Orientation (P.S.O.) – Once items 1-5 are complete your Sales and Construction team will schedule a meeting with you to review the design of your home and any selections you have made in order to set expectations for the construction process. The P.S.O. will include a review of the home site to confirm placement of your home. At this time your Sales Associate will give you an opportunity to consolidate your upgrades into one contracted price. Please allow between 1-2 hours for this appointment.
Construction – The actual start of construction will begin after the Pre-Start Orientation. Plans are chosen, materials are ordered, and our Superintendents secure all necessary permits required to begin the building process. Each home site is graded and staked. Form boards are meticulously measured and placed, the plumbing lines are run, and inspection officials are called. Once approved, we pour the concrete foundation.
We then start framing the exterior and interior walls then raise the roof trusses and any stairs. The wall sheathing is attached to enclose the home and roof sheathing over the trusses. Exterior finishes are then applied, roofing, windows, exterior doors and façade materials such as brick and siding. At this point the mechanical systems are installed and your home is inspected by our superintendent and the local building inspecting official.
In the next phase the interior walls are insulated and sealed and interior finishes are applied. The electrical work is complete and the power company hooks up the permanent power to the home allowing all systems to be checked. Driveways, walkways and patios are poured and the landscape features are planted.
Pre-Drywall Orientation (P.D.O.) – The Sales and Construction Team will meet with you to review all features and selections prior to installing drywall. At this stage you will have 15 days in which to finalize 100% of your loan, allow between 1-2 hours for this appointment.
Communication – Throughout the construction process, your Sales Associate will be your primary contact and will provide you with regular updates. Be sure to address any questions or concerns directly with him or her.
Third Party Inspection Process – As part of our quality assurance, each Scott Felder home undergoes an independent third party inspection prior to foundation pour, drywall and completion. If you anticipate the use of a personal third party inspector Scott Felder Homes must be notified in advance. See Sales Agreement, paragraph 10, for specifications.
7. Schedule your “Closing”
You will receive a letter 30 to 45 days from closing setting a time and date for your closing. At this point you should finalize your mortgage and moving details.
8. Pre-Closing Orientation (P.C.D.)
The Sales and Construction Team will lead you through a Pre-Closing Orientation. This orientation includes a demonstration of the features of your home and a room by room inspection. This takes place approximately 4-7 days prior to closing. Allow between 2-3 hours for this appointment. Any issues noted during that discussion will be corrected during the time between the first and second pre-closing meetings. Your second meeting will take place just prior to closing where you will sign your “Affidavit of Acceptance”. Please allow 30-45 minutes for this appointment.
9. Closing and Warranty
The closing of your home is quite often the most exciting day in the process of building your new home. Upon the closing of your home and funding of your loan, keys to your home will be given to you at the Sales Center. Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a Scott Felder home. In order to ensure peace of mind your closing package will include the registration of your ten-year limited warranty.