Commonly Asked Questions About Building a Custom Home
- What is our custom home pricing process?
- What is included in our turnkey pricing?
- How much does a custom home cost per square foot?
- How long does it take to build a custom home?
- Can you help with financing?
- What is a Pre-construction agreement and how does it benefit me?
- Can you build a house plan I find online?
- Can changes be made during construction?
- Is there a warranty on homes built by Spartan Homes?
- Can I check references for Spartan Homes?
- Can I supply materials for my home like appliances or light fixtures?
What is our custom home pricing process?
We understand during these trying times that you may be interested in pricing out a Custom Home. We would Love to be able to help everyone that is interested but the reality is that we just cannot do this fast enough. So , we have tried to provide some questions and answers below to help determine if you are a serious consumer and may want to proceed speaking with Spartan Homes about your new custom home.
We know this is one of the biggest purchases you will make and have tried to answer the questions below as diligently as possible.
There are many things that go into pricing a custom home such as:
Size of home – home many SF of living and none living areas are there? Some builders use all the sf of anything to do with th e house to give a low SF number. We use sf of finished living areas finished in our Sf calculations.
Complexity / type of home – is this a simple ranch with simple roof design, or is it a complex roof system? Is it a rectangular house or a house with several bump outs or special designs, Is this a design that the builder has built before or is this the first time on this complex build? All these items factor largely into pricing. Level of finishes – What levels of finish do you expect? Luxury level, custom level, semi – custom level, track built, mobile home . We start off at what is considered the Custom level on our standard Features list. Over the years we have priced in features and products that most customers want as in their homes to start with.
Systems – what level of HVAC, water heater, circulation pumps, well pumps etc . We have done a lot of research over the years to provide your with Quality products and vendors that have great reputations and quality.
What is included in your turnkey pricing?
What do I as the owner have to do? Sign a contract, pick out colors and enjoy the process.
Is this a Green Home? What does that mean, does it really save me utility costs?
Yes, each new home built by Spartan is registered to be a Bronze level National Green Building Standard home. You can spend hours or days looking at the NGBS.com website but it basically boils down to each home we build is about twice as energy efficient as a code built home that saves you money each utility bill over the lifetime of the home. In addition the year you build you are able to get the tax credit for building a green home.
How much does a custom home cost per square foot?
How much is a remodel a SF?
Unfortunate this is even a more loaded question as there is existing structure, engineering and demolition to be considered on top of the normal amount of items. For estimating purposes only our median large remodel has been around 250 dollars a sf. These are historical pricing over years and many projects so please keep this in mind.
How long does it take to build a custom home?
The construction process starts with signing a contract with Spartan Homes. It does depend on the complexity of the build but will typically take about 3 months to get plans ready for a permit and typically 4-8 weeks for a permit. A typical home under 3000 sf should take approx. 5.5 months to build after a permit is issued. So, all said we let everyone know if typically takes 10-12 months and if a plan is a familiar to Spartan, or it is less complicated it will take less time. And the larger the home or more complex the home is, the longer the build process will take.
We encourage you to ask anyone from your realtor to the county what their experiences have been with Spartan Homes. We are known for getting projects completed in a short amount of time as compared to others.
Can you help with financing?
Spartan Homes does not finance but can give you names of local lenders that have helped previous clients and the clients have had great experiences with.
What is a Pre-Construction Agreement and how does it benefit me?
Can you build a house plan I find online?
Yes, home plans can be something that are drawn on the proverbial napkin, or a home plan that a customer finds online. Spartan Homes would need to redraw any plan to meet Virginia codes and is typically less than half of an architect. If needed Spartan Homes would purchase a build license from the original plan found online.
Can changes be made during construction?
Yes! changes can be made at almost any time. Although it is better not to make structural changes after construction has started, we can make changes from a door swing to adding a window or changing the layout of the bathroom. Sometimes depending on the progress of the build it may not be price effective. Some changes may require permit amendment, engineering or materials to be ordered that may affect the build time or the schedule of other vendors in the build. Spartan Homes will advise you so you can make the decision that is best for you.
Is there a warranty on homes built by Spartan Homes?
Yes, Spartan homes uses the residential performance guidelines. We warranty everything for one year based on these guidelines. We warranty all systems for 2 years and warranty the structure for 10 years.
Can I check references for Spartan Homes?
Spartan Homes has years of references and would be glad to supply you a list upon request. Also please check out our references on HOUZZ, Google, and Facebook. We also have a lot of testimonials spread throughout our website.
Can I supply materials for my home like appliances or light fixtures?
Yes, Spartan Homes will work with you with materials you would like to supply yourself.