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Terms to Know When Building a Home

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Building a home can feel overwhelming but we love walking all of our customers through the process. There might be terms used in our Homeowner Guide or in your meetings with our team that seem unfamiliar. This blog post is a quick reference to give you definitions to some of the top buzzwords used during the home building process.

SELECTIONS

The details a homeowner chooses to complete and customize a home project. The number of selections needed to complete your home depends on the phase of construction the house is in once you purchase it.

CHANGE ORDER

The document submitted when homeowners have a requested change to their home project. Change orders can add to the price of the home and the length of time it takes to complete the build.

CLOSING

The meeting between the seller of the home and the buyer of the home as well as the lender. During this meeting all papers are signed to give ownership of the property to the homeowners.

HOME WARRANTY PROGRAM

A program provided by Empire Homes that ensures homeowners have a chance to correct any challenges that come up within the first year of owning the home. We offer a 30 day and 12 month warranty appointment to address any questions or concerns you may have. Please note that all warranty service requests must be made in writing to comply with the terms of your warranty.

HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION (HOA)

HOA management is designed to create and maintain a pleasing and cohesive physical appearance within the community. The EmpireCo. HOA's provide services for:

  • Lawn care
  • Snow removal
  • Garbage & Recycling
WALK THROUGH

A final inspection of the home by the buyers, their agent and Empire Homes to check for any last-minute items that must be addressed. This walkthrough takes place shortly before the closing meeting.

BASEBOAD

The board or molding that goes around the perimeter of a room at the bottom of the walls.

BASE & UPPER/WALL CABINETS

Base cabinets sit on the floor with a countertop attached to the top. Upper cabinets, also known as a wall or overhead cabinet, are above the base cabinets, attached to the wall and don't have a countertop.

BIFOLD DOOR

Usually used for bedroom closet doors, a bifold door is made of two hinged panels that fold to one side of the closet opening.

CASING

The pieces of wood trim surrounding a window or door frame.

ELEVATION

A view of the architectural rending of your home. You'll get a copy of your home's elevation during the home buying process.

FIXTURES

Any electrical, HVAC or plumbing appliances that are attached to the home; examples include sinks, bathtubs, water heater and furnace.

FOOTINGS

The footings of a home supports that foundation or bearing walls carrying the weight of upper floors, roof structures, etc. A footing is generally wider than the foundation or bearing wall and constructed on undisturbed soil to achieve maximum stability. Footings run continuously under all bearing and foundation walls.

SLAB FOUNDATION

Essentially it's a home without a basement. It's a concrete slab foundation floor that creates the first floor of a home.

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