4 Stages of the Home-Buying Process
We’re getting serious about the home-buying process today!
It can be a stressful process, but rest assured because when you work with Baird Homes, you’re working with a company that has been in business for over 75 years.
Over those 75 years, we’ve sold a wide array of single-section, multi-section, and modular homes.
It’s safe to say, we’ve worked out some kinks in the home-buying process and we can get you from the sales lot to dream home living as quickly as possible.
Here are the 4 stages of the home-buying process!
Stage 1: Preparation
The first stage is asking yourself what you want out of a home and what features will best fit your lifestyle.
Ask yourself questions like:
- How many bedrooms and bathrooms do I need?
- Do I want a formal dining room?
- Will I need a bathtub for my kids?
- How do I feel about an open floor plan?
After you’ve asked yourself the important questions and you have your wishlist, you’ll need to map out your budget.
Need some budgeting hacks? Check out this blog to learn about some of our favorites!
Once you have your wishlist and budget intact, you can visit a sales center.
Here you’ll be able to walk through homes with (or without) a Home Consultant and begin to envision your wishlist coming to life.
Chatting with a Home Consultant can help you find floor plans not shown at the Sales Center and explore options with you.
Baird’s ultimate goal is to help you find a home that checks all your wishlist boxes while remaining within your budget.
Stage 2: Purchase
The fun part is next, choosing your home!
It’s important to keep the following points in mind:
- If you choose a home that is on display, you shorten your timeframe to have it delivered and set up.
- If you order a custom home, it extends the delivery and installation time.
Either way, select whichever is best for you in the long run!
Customers often ask about timeframes, but that depends greatly on the manufacturer and how busy the build teams are.
Be sure to ask your Home Consultant about current timeframe expectations, but remember that timeline is only an estimate.
Let’s talk financing
There are many financing options available to you, but don’t be overwhelmed.
We are glad to work with the following loan types:
- Conventional Chattel (which is a home-only loan)
- Conventional Mortgage
- Government-backed loans (Including FHA, USDA, and VA options)
It’s suggested that you speak with a loan officer to see which loan fits your needs.
What your purchase includes:
When you purchase a home from Baird Homes, we include the following in our pricing:
- Foundation system suited to your home (keep in mind that if your lot needs extensive work to prepare for the foundation, there may be additional costs)
- Water and sewer connections
- External entry stairs
- Central air and heating
We do our best to provide accurate estimations, but it’s important to understand that no two home sites are the same.
Custom options to add to your contract!
Examples of custom options include but are not limited to:
- Home additions
- Trenching of water and sewer lines
- Electrical connection
If you’d like any of these services or have questions about these or other options, speak to your Home Consultant before the site evaluation so we can provide an accurate estimate.
To get a more in-depth description of additional cosmetic customizations, check out this post!
Stage 3: Onsite Construction & Delivery
Now that you’ve purchased the right home for you, let’s talk about onsite construction and delivery!
This includes the construction of your foundation and improvements itemized on the purchase agreement.
Several factors impact the timeframe of onsite construction including weather, land type, and the accessibility of your property.
Once construction is completed and your home is ready, it’s time for delivery!
The home is transported to your property and installed on the foundation.
After installation, final finishes are completed, including but not limited to, interior trim, drywall, flooring, and AC installation, to name a few.
Stage 4: Final Inspection and Finishes
After the electricity is connected and finishing touches have been made on your home, a Baird Homes representative will visit your home to complete a final inspection with you.
This point in the process is where notes are made of any problems or concerns that may have happened during the delivery and set-up process.
Following the final inspection, we pass the keys over to you!
In addition to this final inspection, we ask our customers to spend up to 30 days living in the home and document any concerns found while occupying the home.
We work directly with our home manufacturers to address our customers’ concerns during this timeframe.