Posts made in May, 2012

Expert Advice About Building a New Home

Expert Advice About Building a New Home

Posted By on May 24, 2012

Choosing to build a new home as opposed to buying a home opens many doors of possibility.  However, with these opportunities comes the added responsibility of making the right choices.  When buying a home, you can tour the homes, see and touch each home, complete home inspection BEFORE making your choice from the selection of homes on the market.  With home building, your options are limitless, however your decisions are many times made sight unseen.

One of the very first decisions made during the home building process, is in a lot of ways the most important decision: Who is building my new home?  This blog has been set up to help you make the right choice for you and your family.  I came up with a short questionnaire and passed it out to the employees here at Schiavi Home Builders.  From our sales team to the construction crew, we are the experts,  this is how we would “shop” for a new home builder…

1.  What are the top things you would look at in a model home:

  • Mouldings – Properly installing mouldings takes time, mouldings that are tight and properly aligned shows a high level of craftsmanship.
  • Interior of closet finish – an area corners can be cut without being visible.
  • Quality of materials used.
  • Options – What can the builder offer that is additional to the standards offered from manufacturer.
  • Decor – a poorly furnished home does not present well.  Model homes are an investment for builders, they should be one of the biggest sales tools for builders.  As such, builders should take time on the presentation of the models, as well as ensuring the homes are clean and tidy.

2.  What are some qualifying questions you would ask potential builders?

  • How long have you been in the home building business?
  • How has your business changed over time?
  • How can you support your reputation?
  • How much customization/freedom do I have to design my home?
  • What is your area of expertise in home building?

3. What other questions would you ask?

  • 5 references from recent customers.
  • How are your sub contractors chosen?
  • What is the timeline for construction?
  • Do you offer assistance with financing?

4.  What would make you NOT choose a particular builder?

  • Poor reviews/testimonials or bad reputation.
  • Poor presentation on first visit.
  • Not answering above questions.
  • Low or no standing with BBB.
  • Poor comments from Housing Board or Associations.
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Changes to Home Building in Maine

Changes to Home Building in Maine

Posted By on May 11, 2012

Schiavi Home Builders has made some very exciting changes since the beginning of 2012.

Since December our staff has worked hard to develop a new sales process.   We say “New” but in fact this process has been in place for years here at Schiavi’s.  We spent several month formalizing the details and actually putting together the procedures to back the process.  The 5 Simple Step Process to Homeownership is much more than a catchy title.  This process is how we can commit to meeting customer expectations in regards to their home fit and finish and move in completion.

This process has brought along other changes such as the development of Homeowner Websites.  Yes, that is right Homeowner Websites.  Each Schiavi Home Builders customers has a homeowner website, that is set up and maintained specifically for their project.  These websites are design to help keep customers up to date on their project.

Our company website has also received a face lift to reflect our 5 Simple Step.  And, now our blog is being updated with a fresh new look…

Other changes for Schiavi Home Builders include a new Cottage model which was debuted at the Oxford Hills Home Show at the end of April.  Virtual tour and plans will be added to the website in the next few weeks.

Last but probably most sweeping, Schiavi Home Builders has announced our departure from the mobile home industry.  From our press release: “The needs of the marketplace have changed and we need to change along with it,” stated Scott Stone of Schiavi Home Builders.  “We are focused on building homes using modular technology to meet the needs of today’s energy-conscious buyers.”

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