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From start to finish, Providence Homes wants you to feel confident and stress-free throughout the building process. We work hard to craft a design that not only looks great, but one that suits your personal style and makes your home feel just how it should – resulting in a home you are proud of. We like to make the process of planning a new home both exciting and easy. We understand that you have many questions, such as how to choose a custom home builder or how to finance a new home.

We’ve included some answers below to many questions we often receive.

  • What should I expect from the first consultation?
    During your initial consultation, you’ll meet with the owners/husband and wife team - Jeff and Lisa. We have an online Client Questionnaire form to be completed prior to this first meeting. This will provide for us a ton of information ahead of our call with you so we know what type of home you’re looking for. We can also help you find a building location that suits your lifestyle, or you can build on one of our many lots.
  • What home plans are available?
    We have some existing home plans that can be modified, but most often we will custom design a home to fit your specific needs and budget.
  • How do I get a price?
    During your initial meeting, we will discuss the type of home you want to build, location and total budget available. During this meeting we will be able to determine if Providence Homes can meet all of your needs. If you want to proceed the design of a preliminary concept floor plan and front elevation, we require a non-refundable design deposit. About 2 weeks later, we will provide the floorplan and front elevation to you along with a preliminary project proposal and “ballpark” price. This will include an outline of the features and cost related to the construction of your new home
  • Do I need a buyer’s agent?
    No, a buyer’s agent is not necessary but if you have an agent, we are more than happy to work with them.
  • What lot options do I have?
    Providence Homes always has lots available in the Twin Cities.
  • Can Providence Homes assist me in the purchase of a lot?
    Yes, we can use our network of contacts to help locate a lot or teardown and we will also help to determine the suitability of building a home on that lot.
  • How does financing work?
    Providence Homes custom builds are financed by the buyers themselves through different types of construction lending programs such as one time close or modified one time close.
  • Can you help arrange financing?
    Yes, we work with several outstanding companies who are experienced in the new construction lending business.
  • What happens after construction is complete?
    Once your home is finished, we will do a final walk through just prior to delivery of the home. Our commitment is to deliver your home with the high level of fit, finish and craftsmanship promised throughout the build.
  • What happens after we move into the new home?
    Providence Homes provides a walk through of your home about 11 months after purchase – allowing you and us to review any issues that may have arisen. We’re committed to fixing problems, assuring that you’re completely satisfied with the home of your dreams. At any point along the way we are here for you if you have any questions or needs.
  • Will my new home be covered by a warranty?
    Yes, Minnesota law provides statutory warranties that apply to new homes for a certain period of time after they are built (Minn. Stat. ch. 327A). There are three different warranty periods covering three different types of defects when those defects are caused by failure to comply with the State Building Code; For one year, the home must be free of defects cause by faulty workmanship or materials. For two years, the home must be free of defects caused by faulty installation of heating, cooling, electrical, or plumbing systems. For ten years, the home must be free of “major construction defects”.
  • What is a “major construction defect”?
    The statute defines a “major construction defect” as “actual damage to the load-bearing portion of the dwelling…including damage due to subsidence, expansion or lateral movement of the soil, which affects the load-bearing function and which vitally affects or is imminently likely to vitally affect use of the dwelling of the home improvement for residential purposes.” It excludes damage due to windstorms, hail, floods, and other natural disasters.
  • What is the key to building an “Energy Smart” home?
    The key to designing and building “Energy Smart” is to look at your home as a system. Merely having reasonable insulation levels or good windows is not a guarantee of high performance. Compromising on commonly overlooked energy details could seriously undermine the benefits of the other components. For example, you could buy a very good window, but if the area around the frame is not well sealed and insulated, they may still be drafty and uncomfortable. Similarly, you may have very high levels of insulation, but if it is not properly installed it may perform to only half of its rated level. Therefore, our system includes improved building elements and construction techniques to shield the living space from the outdoors. It includes the wall and roof assemblies, insulation, air/vapor retarders, windows, and weather-stripping and caulking.
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