The Buying Process | After You Buy
Your Personal Liaison
During your home’s construction, your Sales Counselor is your link to your building superintendent. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with your Sales Counselor.
What To Expect
Our goal is to build you a quality home and to give you a pleasant home-buying experience. We stand ready to address any questions you might have.
Review Your Purchase And Sales Agreement
We want to serve you accurately and efficiently. After you’ve made your design package selections, we will review contract requirements and any additional deposits that may be necessary.
Preparation To Build
It could take approximately two months to secure your home’s building permit. As well, we must work with 200+ trades; coordinate contractors, materials ordering and delivery, building inspections, scheduling changes, and weather-related delays. Your Sales Counselor will keep you informed of this process.
Your Personal Checklist
Secure my homeowners insurance early in the process.
Transfer my utilities.
Confirm these dates:
Verify amount necessary to close with Suarez Housing title company and secure a cashier’s check for my closing.
The Building Process
Building a new home can be one of the most rewarding and exciting times in your life. We strive to give you Suarez Peace of Mind through every step of the process. The more you know before you begin, the more enjoyable the experience will be for you. Suarez Housing offers a number of Floorplans and community locations to choose from so that you can be sure to find the perfect home.
There are generally 11 steps involved in homebuilding.
- Sales agreement: This is the contract you’ll sign with Suarez Housing to begin construction of your new home that designates your chosen floor plan and lot.
- Pre-construction: You will finalize the design and start choosing design features. Suarez will work with you to be sure you have a clear idea of the construction schedule.
- Site prep & foundation: This stage is when the site you have chosen is graded and the foundation is set.
- Framing: Once the foundation is set, the floor, walls, stairs and roof are built. The block and framing provide the shell of the home that forms the shape of the structure.
- Exterior finishes: This stage is just what it sounds like, finishing the exterior of your house. From the outside, your house is beginning to look like a home – but inside there’s more work to be done!
- Mechanicals: Wiring and plumbing are completed after the exterior finishes. The pipes and wires are still exposed at this stage; there are a few more stages before the interior is complete.
- Insulation and air sealing: At this stage, gaps are sealed and the home is insulated.
- Interior finishes: This is when the design personalization becomes obvious, as walls and ceilings are filled in, interior doors are hung, and the kitchen is constructed. Cabinets, shelving, mirrors, and flooring are installed. Plumbers and electricians are back for the finishing touches to install faucets, light fixtures and appliances.
- Landscaping: It’s the beginning of the end! The yard, driveway, and walkways are formed, and plantings are added. This usually takes place simultaneously with the interior finishes.
- Inspections: Final inspections are conducted to find and fix any problems before the closing. Once any repairs are made all remaining construction materials are removed, and the home is cleaned and ready for the closing.
- Closing: Before you can own the home, you’ll be walked through the house and have mechanical systems and appliances explained to you. Use this time to ask questions about how the home operates. Minor repairs, such as paint touch-ups can also be requested in this stage. A few days after the walk-through you’ll sign papers and the house will be yours!
Heading Towards Closing
Closer To Closing
At this point, your home is under construction and you are eagerly anticipating its completion. It may look messy at times because the building process is not a perfect science. Occasionally, a minor adjustment may be necessary.
There are several inspections by county building inspectors and by highly qualified Suarez Superintendents to insure your home is built correctly and exceeds industry standards. If you notice something not done yet or perhaps missed, don’t panic. Just put your concerns in writing and give them to your Sales Counselor. Requests are allowed in writing only.
Your Home’s Completion Date
After your home’s countertops are installed, we’ll give you a home completion estimate and set the closing date. Your Sales Counselor will keep you abreast of any schedule changes which may affect the completion and closing date.
Your “Home Buyer Orientation” And “Pre-Closing Meeting”
By appointment, your home’s personal Superintendent will present your Suarez home to you. During this “orientation,” you will inspect the home’s interior, exterior, and all of its operating systems.
A last home cleaning occurs just before you perform your “Pre-Closing Meeting.” Scheduled through the Sales Counselor just prior to your closing, this pre-closing meeting is the final review before going to closing.
A big part of the joy in building your new home is choosing your own personal design style and adding your own touches. Suarez Housing offers standard design packages to customize your new home and to fit your family’s needs and personal taste.
Your Sales Counselor will review these packages with you and show you samples of the materials you’ll be selecting, including carpets and flooring, cabinetry, countertops, paint and more.
The option packages we offer differ in the quality of flooring, cabinets, countertops, and fixtures available.
Please visit with a sales counselor to see the material samples and discuss all of the features available in our different packages.
Design Tips & Trends
Making your Suarez home uniquely yours is one of the best things about the home-buying process. Below are several things to remember when you make your personalization decisions.
- Be true to you. Your home tells a story about you, so fill it with objects that you enjoy. Decorate for you – not for others.
- Consider lasting style. Think about how well you’ll be able to live with the colors, fabrics, and design choices you make for years into the future. Choose design touches that will stand the test of time rather than fade with passing trends.
- Accommodate your company. Arrange your furniture and decorate your room so that it is functional and comfortable for you, your family, and any guests that might visit.
- Choose a theme. Determine what inspires the room, whether it be a piece of art, furniture, or a collection of some sort, and design the room with this focus.
- Wow ‘em with white. Nothing brightens a room like a touch of white. By simply adding a white throw pillow or towel to a room, you can make it feel cleaner, brighter and more luxurious.
- Think in 3-D. Don’t forget that every room has three surfaces to consider: the walls, floor and ceiling. Each helps establish the mood.
- Light it up. Lighting can enhance and detract from design and functionality in a room. Consider recessed lights, lamps, wall sconces, and other unique lighting options when arranging your rooms.
- Look to the future. Bathroom and kitchen upgrades offer the highest resale value, so consider your cabinetry, fixtures, and countertops to be investment
Inspiration & Resources
Finding a lack of true inspiration? Whether you want your space to be practical, artistic, emotional, trendy, or historical, finding inspiration can sometimes be difficult. Here are a few places to look when you’re feeling uninspired.
- Get Decorating
- Domino Magazine
- Better Homes & Gardens
- Your closet. Look through your current wardrobe, and those of your family. You’ll see colors and combinations that you find appealing and that you enjoy wearing. These same colors can translate to your home’s interior design.
- Jewelry. Precious stones have amazing hues. Use a favorite piece as a starting point for a room’s color palette.
- Vintage styles. Check out antique stores and thrift shops to find trends in colors and design that you might not consider.
- Travel. Think about decorating based on your favorite travel destinations (or aspirations). Asian or African, rustic or luxurious: your taste in travel says a lot about the things you enjoy and the way you wish to spend your time.
- Museums, auctions, & antiques. Especially if you are interested in period furniture, you may want to visit the decorative arts departments at local historic museums. Antique dealers will also be able to help you put a room together that is historically relevant.
- Television. Never underestimate the design flair of television sets. In addition to decorating programs on HGTV, Discovery, or the DIY network, look at the sets behind your favorite prime-time programs to find inspirations.
Your new Suarez Home is ready for your family and you’re probably ready for it!
Air Conditioning/Heating Systems
Replace your filter regularly.
The instruction manual for your heating/air conditioning system will instruct you on what types of filters to use, how to replace them, and how often they should be replaced. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully, as failure to regularly replace your filter can result in costly damage to your system.
To Reduce Cooling Costs:
There are a number of steps that you can take to increase the energy efficiency of your home and to reduce the amount of money you spend on cooling the house each month.
- Be sure that the registers are always closed in rooms that you do not regularly use.
- Keep all outer doors and windows closed to prevent cool air from escaping.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed during the day, as this will prevent sunlight from heating your home through the glass.
- Be sure to run heat-generating appliances, like dishwashers, later in the evening.
Bathtubs, Sinks And Countertops
To prolong the life and appearance of your new bathtubs and sinks, follow these pointers:
- Do not allow food waste to sit in your kitchen sink.
- Do not use bathtubs or sinks to hold paint cans, trash, or tools.
- Do not use any type of photographic or developing solutions in your sinks or bathtubs.
- Be sure to clean your bathtubs and sinks regularly. When you clean, be sure to use a nonabrasive cleaner.
- Clean your aerators every three to four months. Aerators are most common on kitchen and bathroom sinks. They add air to the water that comes out of your faucet, thus helping to prevent splashes (and wasted water.) To clean an aerator, unscrew it from the end of the faucet. Remove any deposits, and remove and rinse the washers and screens. Replace all of the components in their original order, and put the aerator back on the faucet.
- If you have a leaky faucet, you most likely need to replace the washers (in the case of faucets with single controls for hot and cold, you’ll need to replace the cartridge.) Before you attempt to repair your faucet, be sure to shut the water off at the nearest intake valve. Washers and cartridges are available at most home improvement stores.
- Do not place hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
- Do not cut food directly on your countertops.
- Clean your countertops regularly.
- Grease the moving parts of your garage door every 3 months to ensure continuous smooth operation. Only use a lubricant that is specially designed for garage doors.
- Tighten the screws that fasten the hardware on your garage door every 12 months.
Keep the proper tools around the house.
You will need a basic tool kit to ensure that you are prepared to deal with minor repairs if and when they arise. It’s a good idea to keep the following tools in your home:
- Adjustable wrench
- Standard pliers
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutter
- Small, medium and large screwdrivers with both standard and Phillips heads
- Claw hammer
- Rubber mallet
- Assorted nails, screws, nuts, bolts and washers
- Small electric drill with bits and screwdriver attachments
- Caulking gun
- Tape measure