Custom Home FAQ

Our services provide clients with the ability to design a custom home, but this often comes with unfamiliar territory. Furthermore, the construction of a new home is exciting, but might also overwhelm you. Therefore, at Elements Design Build, we desire to ease your worries and answer every question that comes to your mind. So, check out a few of our frequently asked questions below, but if you can’t seem to find what matches your concern then do not hesitate to give us a call!

Answers to your Custom Home Questions

The following questions are asked by our future clients about Elements Design Build often. Therefore to answer these questions quickly and effectively, we have compiled a list of common questions. Along with corresponding answers so you can understand how to proceed with setting up a custom home plans design appointment.

Difference between a smart home and whole-house automation?2019-01-06T13:56:18+00:00

Home automation refers to the automatic control of household features (hence the name). However, a smart home on the other hand is a much broader term that encompasses a larger range of features, technologies and industries, all connected through the Internet of Things.

What is Whole-House Automation?2019-01-03T16:03:42+00:00

Home automation refers to the automatic and electronic control of household features, activity, and appliances. Therefore, Some components of an automated home may include the centralized control of security locks, appliances, windows, lighting, surveillance cameras and HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).

What are closing costs and how much will they be?2019-01-03T16:00:28+00:00

Closing costs are fees incurred prior to and during closing, the time when title to the property legally changes hands from the seller to the borrower. Typical fees incurred include attorney fees, title service fees, recording fees, transaction taxes, appraisal fees and pre-paid insurance and taxes. Also, the amount of closing fees depends on a number of factors such as purchase price and loan terms, and they vary from place to place. Therefore, on average closing costs amount to 2-3% of the purchase price of the home.

What is earnest money?2019-01-03T16:01:31+00:00

Earnest money is money that the buyer puts up at the signing of a purchase contract. It shows good faith and serious intent on the part of the home buyer . The amount required varies, but sellers typically require around 1% of the purchase price as earnest money for a sales contract to be valid.

Can Elements build a house on land I already own?2019-01-03T15:55:58+00:00

Yes! Not only do we build homes for speculative sales, but we can also build your dream home on property you own. Choose from one of our current house plans or bring us your own. We can even help with design alterations and customization to a set of plans. Additionally, if you are looking for a lot to build on, we can help with that as well. Refer the Custom Build section of the website for further information.

What type of home warranty do you offer?2019-01-03T16:00:59+00:00

All of our homes come with a one year home warranty, two year mechanical, electrical and plumbing warranty, and ten year structural warranty. This is referred to as a 1-2-10 warranty. This means that for the first year, your warranty will provide you with surety coverage for things like site work, concrete, masonry, carpentry, doors and windows etc. For two years you will have surety coverage on the delivery systems for water supply, septic tanks (where applicable), plumbing and HVAC. Furthermore, the warranty provides surety coverage for ten years major structural components such as load bearing foundation systems, load bearing floor and wall and roof systems, etc. For additional information please visit our warranty provider at www.strucsure.com.

Do I need a real estate agent to purchase a new home from Elements2019-01-03T15:36:45+00:00

No, it is not necessary to use a real estate agent when purchasing a home from Elements Design Build. Purchasing a new home is often the largest purchase a person or family makes. As such, some people are simply not comfortable purchasing a new home without the guidance of a real estate agent. The choice to use a real estate agent is entirely up to you, and if you choose to do so we are more than happy to work with your agent.

What style of home does Elements custom homes build?2019-01-03T15:36:23+00:00

Our current style houses are spacious, open floor style homes designed to maximize the functionality and livability of the space. We use only the highest grade materials, fixtures, appliances and finishes. Built with exceptional craftsmanship, the quality of our homes is unparalleled in our market.

Do you utilize energy efficient building products and techniques?2019-01-03T15:36:00+00:00

Yes! All of our homes are built using the latest in energy efficient techniques and products. This ensures maximum efficiency which helps reduce not only the home’s impact on the environment, but also the long term costs of owning and living in your home. Each of our homes features protective house wrap to minimize the infiltration of moisture and air, dual flush toilets, energy efficient appliances, WiFi enabled programmable color touch screen thermostats, and insulated double pane windows.