Many of our customers come to us with two common conclusions after shopping the prebuilt market. First, they just could not find a house they liked (there always seemed to be something wrong with each one). Second, and by far the strongest complaint, they could not believe the selling price and the poor construction quality. We find that these two reasons are why most people come to us to build rather than buy. The thought process is: If I'm going to make such a large investment, then the house needs to be exactly what I want!
Your first stop should be the bank. The bank will look at your debt/income level and tell you the amount you can finance. If you don't know what your credit score is, you should purchase a copy of your credit report and take it with you. Do not let each bank pull your credit report as you shop; this will lower your credit score! Turn Key Homes has built homes with most of the banks in the area and would be happy to direct you to the ones who have the best building programs and are the easiest to work with. Once you have completed your pre-qualification, it is time to locate a quality builder who has a great reputation. A good builder should help you design and build a quality home while staying in your budget.
We believe a reputable builder should be capable of designing your home as well as building it. At Turn Key Homes, we offer full custom blueprinting at no charge to you if you build with us. This doesn't mean just one drawing; it means we will continue to revise the print until you are completely satisfied with the design.
The cost per square foot starts around $110. This is for a house about 1600 square feet and does not include the land or driveway. The list of standard features is too long to name. We believe you will be pleasantly pleased if you call and make an appointment to go over all the details of what is included in that price!
Do you provide help with financing?
We have about four banks that we work with on a regular basis. We can work with any bank around but have seen these banks provide the best customer service out of the 30+ banks we have built with.
Do we have to have our own land before talking to you?
We can help with finding land; all we need is an understanding of what you want.
I read something in the news about a new energy code, what does it mean for me?
The new energy code requirements for home builders in Michigan have recently been revised and updated. The new energy code, 2003 MUEC, requires builders to build homes at a higher energy efficiency. To do this, the state is requiring more insulation to be put in the ceiling and walls, and adding insulation to the basement walls.
How does this new energy code affect the cost to build?
This new code is forcing most builders to significantly raise their standards, which typically leads to a significant increase in cost.
Fortunately, Turn Key Homes already had a majority of the new insulation requirements as standard features. Therefore, the adjustments that will be made to continue to meet and exceed code are minor and won't have much affect on the cost of building a new home.
At Turn Key Homes, we are pleased to be able offer an energy efficient home while using most of the best materials available without over-charging. Our homes are built with almost 20% higher energy efficiency than the new energy code requires. We haven't found any builder who uses the same quality of work and materials as we do and who builds at our price.
What kind of time frame can we expect for our project?
Our typical project takes about five months. Sometimes it is less and seldom will we need more than six months to finish.
Who will supervise the project?
The owner of Turn Key Homes takes full control of managing your project. We have designed a timeline worksheet that fits all projects and helps keep your project on schedule.
Would it be ok for us to do some of our own work during the building process, such as painting?
Our customers are always welcome to put work into their project. We will be happy to review your list of items you wish to work on.
Can you provide a list of references?
We have a complete list of references and will be glad to provide them to you after our first meeting.
What size homes do you build?
There is no home too small or too large for us. We are here to build any size home you may desire.
What is the difference between a cheap home and a quality home at a good value?
There are builders who specialize in building the cheapest home by using the cheapest labor, cheapest subcontractors, and the cheapest materials that can be found. Their homes usually have the very minimum energy efficiencies and barely meet the code requirements of the law. Trying to get service during and after the construction is nearly impossible and the materials usually age faster because of their cheap quality. Turn Key Homes believes you shouldn't over pay or under pay for your home. To over pay for a well built house is a waste of your money and the old saying "you get what you pay for" is certainly true when you shop for the cheapest house possible.