Consumer Resources


BUILDING A NEW HOME

If it is your first time building your custom dream home, the process can seem a little overwhelming at first. While building a home is a great process that can take some time, the end product is always worth it to be able to customize the home to your needs.We have created a breakdown of the steps you may go through when building a home. Click here to view.

REMODELING A HOME

A home remodel job can be a large undertaking. Because of that, you want to be sure you hire the right person for the job. Do your homework before signing any contracts and make sure you ask for references as well. Any reputable remodeler would be happy to offer references. Click here to view.

BUYING A NEW HOME

If you are thinking of buying a new home, you must pay close attention to a great many details to ensure that you find one that will suit your needs and preferences. Before you start shopping, you should sit down with the members of your household to discuss the features you would all like in a new home. You should also determine how much you can afford to pay for a new home. Read the full article here.

AVOIDING BUILDER DISPUTES

It would be unrealistic to expect your new home to be perfect. Even the best built homes are likely need a few corrections. Most problems are corrected routinely by the Builder. However, if a non-routine problem should arise, you should follow certain procedures to correct the situation. Click here for details.

 


MOVING?

Moving Checklist

The big day is almost here! The final stages of construction on your new home are well underway and within a few short weeks, your family will have a new address. This can be a busy time in your lives and it’s helpful to try to stay as organized as possible. The following checklist can assist you in your upcoming moving process.

Preparing to Sell Your Home

You’ve talked with your Realtor and finalized all the numbers. Now you’re ready to officially put your home on the market! This can be an exciting yet stressful time as there may be a few things left to do before the first potential buyer walks through your home. Use this quick check list to ensure that you’ve checked over everything in your home that a buyer may see.

Deciding Where to Live

Location is one of the most important considerations when shopping for a new home. Weigh the pros and cons of living in the city, the suburbs or the country. Compare locations as carefully as you compare houses.

Consider practical aspects such as time and distance to work, schools and shopping, and the availability of public transportation. Make personal observations, but also consult with your builder, local government, friends, and if possible, people in the neighborhood.
As you explore each home, use the following checklist to help determine whether the location suits your needs.

Home Storage

When you first move into your new home, you wonder how you are going to fill up the large, empty space. Pretty soon life takes over — and before you know it, you are wondering where all of that space went. If you find yourself struggling to find room to store everything you’ve accumulated over the years, see if these storage options might work for you.


MISCELLANEOUS

Routine Home Maintenance

So you've just moved into your brand new home. You shopped around and did a lot of research to find the home that was just right for you. You signed a big pile of documents at closing, the moving trucks have left, all the boxes are unpacked, and all your belongings are in their proper places. What should you do now?

One of the most important things to remember is that you are responsible for certain routine maintenance items to keep your house functioning properly.

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Professional Designations

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers its members professional designations. The numerous designations are emblems that signify that the member has completed an element of study and puts them a cut above — not just because of what they have learned, but because they have taken the initiative to improve themselves.

Click here to view the list of designations along with a list of HBASE members who hold these honors.

Glossary of Terms

When you start shopping for a new home, you may encounter some words and terms with which you are unfamiliar. The following glossary will help you to be a better informed shopper.

Click here to view the glossary.