THE HOME BUILDING PROCESS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
At Rooke Custom Homes, LLC, our customers often ask the same questions when they approach us to build a home. We have composed a list of the most frequently asked questions from our clients to better serve you and get you the information you need.
When you are done with your research, give us a call today. We will be happy to discuss with you any questions, concerns, or ideas for your project.
How close do you stay to estimated timelines and budgets?
The budget and a reasonable time frame are stated in the contract, which is signed by all parties with copies provided before break ground or start any project. There is an Act of God provision in the contract. Construction during a hurricane is not only dangerous, but not likely to produce a good finished project, but check with our references and you can see for yourself if it’s not due to nature or outside forces, we do what we say, when we say.
How are payments made and when?
Again, these terms are broken down in the contract based on progress with a completion date included. Typically we take a deposit of 10% for materials, and the rest of the payments are determined beforehand. Once the work is completed to a pre-determined point, a pre-determined payment is made, with final payment due upon completion.
How many of your customers come from repeat business or referrals ?
We are very blessed to say that over 50% of our customers come to us or are referred to us from customers we’ve performed for in the past. As you will see when you check our references, there is a reason for such a loyal client base.
What about permits?
Depending on your location and what is being done, a permit might be required or it may not. If a permit is required for your project, we will obtain the permit, handle all inspections, make sure everything is built to code, and that the project and process satisfies all requirements to the letter of the law.
What about materials?
Important materials are specified in the contract. All materials are covered, however, as substitutions are sometimes unavoidable (lots of bricks run out, for example, colors of materials are sometimes no longer made), we make it clear that an equal substitution will be made but only upon your approval. For items such as lighting fixtures or doorknobs that you have not chosen when the contract is signed, a budget is determined in the contract to cover exactly what will be spent on them.
What is a change order?
A change order is a written statement signed by the customer authorizing the contractor to do additional work not included in the original contract. The change order should be signed before the additional work is started, but often it is not in order to keep the project moving. The amount specified is due when the project is completed. A change order also may be written when a contractor comes across any unforeseen damage or problem.
Get in touch with us, or visit our offices located in the Charleston, SC area, and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs. Our staff will find a solution designed to fit your individual home and budget.