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What to ask your Builder

home designYou are thinking of building a new home here in El Paso. You have more or less figured what part of town you want to build in, but questions still remain. Most of those questions revolve around the builder and building process.

It’s no doubt that you should ask plenty of questions when figuring out what builder in El Paso to choose for your new home. Here are some questions you should think about when reviewing potential builder candidates for your custom home.

1. Have you built this size home before?

2. What are your company’s strong points as a custom home builder in El Paso?

3. Can you give me references from prior home buyers?

4. Can you look at the property we are thinking of buying for our new home?

5. What type of warranty do you offer?

6. Who will oversee the construction of my home?

7. Who should I contact with any questions I may have?

8. How often (and when) will I have access to the home during the building process?

9. How long will my home take to complete?

10. What’s your process for inspection at key points of construction, at final walk-through, and to address any matters that need to be corrected or finalized?

If you are interested in making Palo Verde Homes the El Paso builder of your home or have any additional questions that you would like to have answered, feel free to stop by our office located at 7100 Westwind, Suite 250, El Paso, Tx 79912. Or you can call us at 915.584.9090.

2013 Fall Home & Garden Show

El Paso’s 2013 Fall Home & Garden Show is happening this weekend, starting today through Sunday! Come stop by Palo Verde’s finished booth, 517 & 519.

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Day 2 and it’s looking great! We are hoping to see you at the 2013 Fall Home & Garden Show at the Convention Center. It’s only going to be here 3 days! Friday (Oct. 11) from 2pm-7pm, Saturday (Oct. 12) from 10am-7pm, and lastly Sunday (Oct. 13) from 11am-5pm. There is plenty of time between now and Sunday to drop in. Remember to come and visit us at booth 517 & 519!

Palo Verde Home Show

Palo Verde Homes is very excited to be apart of the 2013 Fall Home & Garden Show. Check out our building progress!

It’s late at night, but we are still going strong! It is going to look amazing once completed!

Be sure to visit us at booth 517 & 519!

As we wrap it up for the night, we are anticipating the home show and we hope you plan on being present!

The place looks great! Now we just need to add our finishing touches.

Have any questions about the upcoming Fall Home & Garden Show? Give us a call for details. 915-584-9090. Be sure to visit our website www.paloverdehome.com

 

Building Your Dreams From the Ground Up

Everyone has an image of how their dream home would look like. Some may want a two story house or a one story house located at the heart of a busy city, next to a beach, or surrounded by trees. Painting the image of your dream house may be easy and exciting, but when it comes to planning how it will get accomplished, it gets a little more challenging.  Therefore, building your dream house to the perfection requires taking in consideration several key points. At Palo Verde Homes we strive to build our client the home of their dreams.

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Find the ideal site where you would like your home to be built.

  • Merge your ideal home to the surrounding landscape. Does it suit you dream house?

  • Watch the location for buildings nearby. Would they complement your view?

  • Inspect road location as well. How long would it take you to go to work? Is the drive enjoyable?

Determine in detail how much space you would like in your home.

  • Determine how many people will be living in the house because this number determines how many rooms, bathrooms will be required, the size of the kitchen area, and dining area.

  • Would you like extra features such as a balcony, patio, pool, Jacuzzi, a guest house, barn, or a tool shed?

  • How many cars would you like to fit in the garage and driveway?

Consulting an expert is highly recommended.

  • Contact architects to explain your ideas and then compare the designs they developed.

  • Contact a contractor that can construct your home and take in consideration the surroundings.

  • If need further assistance, you can also contact interior designers or even gardeners.

Work as a team with the individuals involved in the planning and construction process.

  • Communicate with your team if have any concerns right away.

  • Don’t close any deal until you and your team are pleased and have concluded that it can be safely implemented.

Complete all require permits.

  • Adhere all local building codes and statutes, and pass all basic safety and fire codes.

  • Make sure that the size of the house and extra amenities are permitted in the area.

  • Be aware of all the regulations that need to be met before speaking to local civic authorities.

How to Choose a Home Builder| Palo Verde Homes | El Paso, Tx

If you’re in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. Whether you are buying a condo, a townhouse, a house in a subdivision, or a custom built house, you want to know that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder. Here are a couple of tips to help you choose a builder.

 

Make A List of Possible Builders

 

Once you have thought about the type of house you want, you will need to find a builder.

 

Contact your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area.

 

Look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building, and the prices you can expect to pay. Make a list of builders who build the type of home you’re looking for in your price range.

Local real estate agents may also be able to help you in your search. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Ask about builders they have dealt with directly, or ask them for names of acquaintances who have recently had a good experience with a builder.

 

Do Your Homework

 

Once you have a list of builders, how can you find out about their reputations and the quality of their work? The best way to learn about builders is to visit homes they have built and talk with the owners.

 

Ask builders on your list for the addresses of their recently built homes and subdivisions. Builders may even be able to provide names of some home owners who would be willing to talk with you.

Drive by on a Saturday morning when home owners may be outside doing chores or errands. Introduce yourself and say you are considering buying a home from the builder who built their home. Talk to several owners, and try to get a random sample of opinions. The more people you talk with, the more accurate an impression of a builder you are likely to get. At the very least, drive by and see if the homes are visually appealing.

 

When you talk to builders and home owners, take along a notebook to record the information you find and your personal impressions about specific builders and homes. Doing so will help you to make comparisons later. Some questions you can ask people include: Are you happy with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly? Would you buy another home from this builder?

 

Usually, people tell you if they are pleased with their homes. And if they are not, they’ll probably want to tell you why.

 

Shop For Quality and Value

 

Look at new homes whenever you can. Home shows and open houses sponsored by builders are good opportunities to look at homes. Model homes and houses displayed in home shows are often furnished to give you ideas for using the space. You may also ask a builder to see unfurnished homes.

 

When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, trimwork, and paint. Ask the builder or the builder’s representative a lot of questions. Get as many specifics as possible. If you receive the answers verbally rather than in writing, take notes. Never hesitate to ask a question. What seems like an insignificant question might yield an important answer.

 

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Questions to Ask a Home Builder | Palo Verde Homes | El Paso, Tx

Here are some legitimate questions to ask your builder candidates. It is helpful that you ask plenty of questions before actually hiring a builder because philosophies regarding service, workmanship, value and efficiency can vary immensely. After all, you will spend considerable with them (Unless they hand the job off to others. If having the builder on the job is essential to you, bring that question up as well).  To help you with this important decision, we have developed the following questions:

1.   What is your policy on service after the sale and do I receive it in writing?

2.   How long do you guarantee your workmanship?

3.   Do you have a “service reserve” built into the bid, if so, how much is it?

4.   How do you control your sub-contractors if they have to come back after completion?

5.   Is the sub-contractor work guaranteed, if so, by the subcontractor or by you?

6.   What is your policy on change orders?

7.   Do you guarantee a completion date, if so, how?

8.   Are you licensed, if so, by whom and what are the requirements?

9.   How long have you been in the business and how long on your own?

10.   Can you provide me with names and phone numbers of the four most recent homeowners you built for?

11.  Do you have a finished home I can see?

12.  Do you have insurance, liability and workman’s compensation?

13.  May I see an example of the contract and specification sheet that I will be asked to sign?

14.  Is clean-up included in your bid? What does your clean up include?

15.  Will you provide me with an itemized statement, and if so, how often during construction?

16.  How do you handle lien wavers?

17.  What sets you apart from your competi­tion and why should I choose you?

18.  Can I choose my own suppliers?

 

Weigh the builder’s answers against what is necessary to you and what is appropriate under your circumstances. Then, utilize the information you’ve gathered to make your final decision.

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How to Choose a Home Builder Tips | Palo Verde Homes | El Paso, Tx

The long awaited day arrived, and it’s time to search for a home builder to build that long awaited dream home.

A selection of several builders should be on your list to visit, but heavy consideration should be given to the experienced and reputable builder in your area as one of the top criteria when making a choice.

The sooner you select this type of builder, the less waiting time for construction to begin on your home.

Don’t consider yourself as the contractor, the builder has his own subs and those subs are accustom to working with the builder.

Before choosing a home builder, there are a few things to consider.

1. Ask for references from builder

 

Look at several homes constructed by this builder.

Ask the home owner if the contractor completed the home on time and on budget.

Did the home builder return phone calls promptly?

Did the contractor resolve all problems in a timely manner?

Discuss upgrades and cost with builder.

Address minor changes in house plans and ask for cost estimate

Get estimate for completed job.

 

2. Write down questions and answers for future reference

Is the contractor bonded and insured?

Who is his bonding company”?

What are the name and location of the contractor’s Insurance company?

Verify bonding and insurance

 

3. Is the home builder crew experienced?

Does he inspect work performance of a crew daily?

Is his crew covered by worker compensation?

Does he have unskilled crew members?

Experience and reputation of a home builder speak volumes.

 

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Choosing A Floor Plan For Your Custom Home | Palo Verde Homes | El Paso, Tx

When building your new home, it’s exciting to imagine what it will look and feel like as you stand in your new kitchen or get comfy in your new family room. One of the steps in the planning process that has the most influence on the final product is choosing the floor plan. There are thousands of ways you can arrange the walls, rooms, hallways and stairways in your home. But for you and your family specifically, there might be one or two floor plans out there that fit your lifestyle perfectly. Here are some things to consider that will help you choose the best floor plan for your new home.

 

Family Size

Do you need a home that will accommodate a growing family? Maybe your kids have grown up, and you’re looking to downsize instead. The number of people living in your home is the biggest factor in your floor plan because it dictates the number of bedrooms and overall square footage you’ll need in your new home. If you want to plan for an expanding brood, think about adding a den or office that could be converted into a nursery or bedroom later on. Making provisions in a floor plan for taking in elderly grandparents is becoming a more popular consideration as well.

 

Dining and Entertaining

Do you love to entertain or do you dine more casually? Take this into consideration when you make plans for a dining room. If dinner parties are in your future you’ll want to have a formal dining room, but if your family is more casual, maybe a breakfast nook is more your speed.

 

Working At Home

If you telecommute or regularly bring your work home with you, a home office will be a necessity. Consider locating this room away from the kitchen and family room where all the action is so you don’t get distracted.

 

Consider your lot

The size and location of your lot could have a big influence on your floor plan. For example, if your lot is smaller but you want a big house, you’ll probably need to have multiple stories. If you have a hillside lot, you’ll want to have certain rooms situated to take advantage of your view. Subdivision lots almost always come with CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) and easements, which could definitely have an effect on your plans.

 

One Story or More

If you have a larger lot, you are free to choose whether you want a multi-story home or a one-level, “ranch” style home. If you’re downsizing, a ranch style is a smart choice that will benefit you as you get older. Multi-story homes can be noisy, but they allow for views and a larger backyard.

 

Privacy

Part of this consideration involves whether or not you want to have an open floor plan. Open floors plans are extremely popular and provide a sense of togetherness, but they don’t offer much privacy. The location of your master bedroom in relation to your kids’ rooms is another thing to think about. While they’re young you may want to be close by, but when your kids are older you may want more space and privacy. Think about your long term ideals.

 

Furniture

Unless you plan to buy all new furniture for your new home, factor your existing furniture into your floor plan. Have a big sectional or a king size bed? Make sure you allow enough space so that they will fit in a way that flows well in relation to doorways and focal points.

 

Pro Tip:  Bring a little familiarity and nostalgia to your new home by incorporate things you loved about the floor plans of homes you’ve lived in before.

 

At Palo Verde Homes we’ve seen and worked with hundreds of floor plans and we will work with you to create one that fits your lifestyle perfectly. Contact us today and let’s talk about your new home.

 

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What is an open floor plan? | Palo Verde Homes | El Paso, Tx

Just as the name suggests, a home with this type of layout has one or more large, open rooms that function as multiple rooms within a single living space. The most common is a “great room” that combines the kitchen, dining room, and living room in one shared space.

 

These floor plans usually work extremely well in homes with less square footage – sometimes out of necessity – while larger homes have more leeway to work with when integrating great rooms into a floor plan.

 

Traditionally, homes built pre-1990s were designed with lots of separate rooms in mind, even though many of these distinct rooms were really only separated by three-quarters of a wall and an open walkway – most often the kitchen, dining room, and living room.

 

The mindset was that the more rooms a house had, the more attractive, compartmentalized, and functional it was. But designers and homeowners alike started realizing that homes with open floor plan designs could fit more usable living space into the same amount of square footage.

 

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