Construction From Top to Bottom
Choosing your floor plan and the many optional components of your new home is exciting and fun. Now you need to prepare your home site to have it ready for the new home to be placed on a foundation. The Little Valley Homes Site Construction Division is qualified and ready to make that happen for you and your family.
At the preconstruction meeting you will be reviewing your home choice with your Sales Consultant and the Construction Coordinator. We will discuss locations of where to place your new home on the site, necessary connections, building code requirements and present you with the Site Construction Proposal.
The proposal will be viewed in 4 segments:
- Allowances: Allowances are cost associated with items required for every buildable site. It includes items like Permit Fees, Site Plans, Plot Plans, Surveys, Drive Permit, Soil Erosion Permit, Well System or City Water Tap Fees, Septic Systems or City Sewer Tap Fees. Allowance costs may be lower or higher depending on site conditions and building codes and regulations for the area you are building in. These items must be addressed in order to make your property a buildable site.
- Scope of Work: The Scope of Work shows the list of items that are needed to construct a foundation built specifically for your new home and to meet the local building codes. Foundations include, but are not limited to, footers, drain tile, sump pit, foundation walls, electrical, water, sewer connections to the home, gravel construction drive, foundation insulation to meet State energy codes, porches and steps. Additions to this can include sidewalks, finished drives, covered porches, decks and garages. Little Valley Construction will work with you to determine what fits into your budget and help you get the most for your money.
- Add Alternates and Contingency Fund: Add Alternates are items that you may not be sure will fit into your budget, but you would like to see the cost in order to make an informed decision. A Contingency Fund is money set aside in the event there is a cost that occurs that is not expected in the usual course of building. Your Financial Institution may need to see that you have addressed this possibility by having money available or accounted for in your Construction Loan. Some examples of unusual building site issues can be underground obstructions, additional fill requirements and engineering design changes, just to name a few. These items are executed with a signed Change Order prior to work being done.
- Total Proposal Costs For Your Project: These are the final site improvement costs needed to submit to your Financial Institution for a Construction Loan.
Fitting Everything Together:
If a Construction Loan is needed, this is the time to submit the Home Purchase Agreement and Site Construction Proposal to the Financial Institution for processing. Your Financial Institution will deal with all facets of the loan, including ordering the appraisal and your loan closing.
Site Construction Process:
Review Documents required in order to submit for various building permits:
Certified Site Survey, Proof of Land Ownership (Recorded Warranty Deed ), Plot Plan for Health Department, Drive Permit, Soil Erosion Permit, Water Tap, Land Use and Building Permit; to name a few.
After your Building Permit is issued, construction of the foundation and site improvements can begin:
- Install construction drive to County Permit specifications, excavate for foundation, install forms for footers and request inspection.
- Pour concrete for footers, install drain tile and sump pit. Frame for foundation walls and request inspection.
- Pour foundation walls and strip forms from walls.
Weather will determine how long a foundation must cure before your new home can be placed on it's foundation. Scheduling will now be done for home delivery, the crane and the home installation crew.
Your First Look At Your Modular Home:
Delivery is usually the first time you get to see your new home. We invite you to take pictures and videos as your new home arrives at your home site. Our Construction Coordinator meets your home, with proper equipment and on-site personnel upon delivery of your new home.
Home placement onto the foundation will occur shortly after delivery. Weather and schedules can effect when home placement occurs. Your Construction Coordinator works to make any delays as short as possible.
The installation of your home includes weather proofing, leveling of the home, and installation of shipped loose siding. Interior finishing work begins after utilities are installed and operational.
Once the home is set and secured to the foundation the utility hook-ups are started. That would be electric, water, sewer and gas.
After all Local Inspections have been completed by the Building Department, a Final Inspection is scheduled to get a Certificate of Occupancy. That is the Key element for you to be able to move in.
It is time to schedule a “Walk Thru Inspection” with your Construction Coordinator. A room by room inspection, as outlined, in the Inspection Checklist is conducted. Any items needing further attention or warranty repairs are noted at this time. Along with receiving your keys, you will be instructed as to how everything in your home operates and given the Home Warranty paperwork that comes with your new Little Valley Home.
Congratulations... You are now the proud owner of a “NEW” Little Valley Home!
Note: Information supplied above is for informational purposes only. This information is not to be considered as a complete listing of all work needed to complete a Site Improvement Project. See your Little Valley Representative for complete details.