You made the decision to upgrade your home. What happens next? Let’s go over the process. I know this list will seem overwhelming, but remember that I help you through the entire process – from start to finish.
And, do not forget…you get my services for zero cost. My compensation is all included in the price of the home, so use my experience to your advantage.
Financing. If you need financing, we will need to get you pre-approved. We work with several lenders who offer different programs based on your needs and qualifications.
Determine feasibility. The first thing we will do when you are procure financing and are ready to design your home is measure the size of your lot. This will tell us what size home you can build. Knowing the size of your lot is imperative due to state code regarding setbacks, accessibility, and home size to lot size ration.
I arrange for our team of installer contractors to visit your site, where they will conduct their measurements and alert us of any issues they may see.
If you live in a 50AMP community, we will discuss upgrading to 100AMPS.
Design & Customize. Once we know what size home you can build on your lot, we will look at floor plans that meet those requirements. Depending on your needs and desires for your home, you will be able to choose from a myriad of plans, including two-story and roof deck homes.
You may also choose to create a custom floor plan, and I will discuss the differences between a custom vs. standard plan in another article.
Along with your design, we will select from a variety of interior and exterior options such as appliances, paint colors, siding materials, lighting, doors, windows, and kitchen cabinets.
If you desire a custom kitchen, you will want to read my custom home article. There is a lot to consider if you go that route.
Deck design. If your house includes a roof deck, we will go over all the different options such as location and access to the deck.
Drafting. Once we pick a design, we will send it to the factory where their drafter will create line drawings.
Engineering. We will review the line drawings, and once they are finalized, the factory will send them to their engineering team. The engineers will create construction plans and calculations that will later be used to build your home on the production line.
Permits. Once you approve the engineering plans, they will be sent to the State Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) for permits. If your community falls under Coastal Commission jurisdiction, we will prepare an application and submit it to them before HCD.
Production. With permits and financing in hand, the factory will commence production.
Foundation. If you have an existing structure on your lot, that will now be pulled out, and the foundation set. If your lot is empty, then they will start the foundation work. All of this is done concurrently with the production of your home at the factory.
Installation & Set up. When your house is ready it is transported to your location. Installation takes only a few hours. After that, the crew will work on attaching the sections (if it is a two-story or multi-section home), and doing any on-site work such as roof deck, etc.
Inspection. HCD will inspect the installation of your new home and issue a Certificate of Occupancy if it passes inspection. If you upgrade the electrical, the electric company will also conduct an inspection of the pedestal and meter.
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