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Home Building Steps - Made Easy

You have been researching websites learning about building a new home. You're facing decisions such as, which company you should choose, the style of your dream home and more. Researching your new dream home is exciting but can become overwhelming due to all the information you absorb from researching websites.

From our 51-years of experience building HiPerformance modular homes, we have done some of the work for you through our Internet marketing efforts. Here are some simple steps that will help keep you organized as well as some additional steps you may not have considered.

What is your price range?

Nationwide Custom Homes This is the most important step and should be the #1 question you ask yourself. If you are financing your purchase, your mortgage lender will be able to provide you a very good answer. It's not just based on your yearly income - there are many variables involved. The lender will discuss this with you.

This is the pre-qualification process. They will be able to provide you loan options that fit you and your family's needs. As you are researching all those builder websites, contact your bank or mortgage lender.

If you need assistance in locating a lender, some of our approved Nationwide modular home builders may be able to help.

Get Pre-Approved

Nationwide Custom Homes Once you've researched mortgage lenders and have a budget through the pre-qualification process, now it's time to get pre-approved. This is not the final loan process. All you are doing is asking the chosen lender to pre-approve a possible loan. This helps you in two ways: it shows the builder you are serious and that you are financially capable of building a new home and gives you a target price range.

Contact a Nationwide Builder

Nationwide Custom Homes Nationwide Homes works with a system of approved, independent builders. A licensed builder or general contractor is needed for all site work including: foundation, garages, porches, driveways, permits, etc - they are your main point of contact throughout your new home building process.

The builder also handles all pricing to meet your local building codes. Nationwide is a large subcontractor to the approved, independent builder that also provides engineering and marketing support.

If you need help locating a Nationwide builder, just ask us and we'll provide you a list of builders for your area.

Choose models that work best for you

Nationwide Custom Homes Once you decide on a Nationwide builder, you will work with them to choose models from our modular home collections. Our simple plan search helps you narrow your search to the size and configuration that meets your needs. Or maybe a custom model that meets your family needs and price range is the best solution. You will also be able to choose the features you need and want in your new home.

Once you choose a modular home plan, the builder will send the information to our design & engineering department where we will draw your modular home to meet your personal specifications and the local and state building codes. At this time, the builder may request a deposit to start the drawing process.

Finalize Your Plans

Nationwide Custom Homes When the builder receives the engineered plans, you and the builder can review and make any changes as necessary to make the plan perfect for you, your family and your budget. The initial plans will consist of floor plans and elevations.

If you have changes, the builder will note them on the plans and re-submit to our engineering department. The faster you finalize your plans, the sooner you can start construction.

These steps, if followed, will make your new home building experience pleasant and exciting.

Other helpful links

Benefits of Building a Modular Home
Modular Homes Defined
Anatomy of a Modular Home Part 1
Anatomy of a Modular Home Part 2
Product & Décor Items
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"Dear Nationwide Custom Homes,

We would like to share with you our exceptional experience as repeat (two-time) Nationwide customers.

Eight years ago, we had the pleasure and satisfaction of building our first Nationwide Home with an independent builder. It was a recent job relocation that placed us in the position of having to sell that home and needing to acquire a new home and we knew that we wanted to build again. Although, we did consider the competition and explored our options with other builders, it was our first meeting with the staff at the Smith Mountain Lake office that made such an indelible impression that we were confident that Nationwide was the best and only choice to build our home again. The personal attention that Len Patridge, Linda DePierro, and Dawn Lane gave our family of 8 (2 parents and 6 kids) was remarkable. Having to drive over an hour to get to the office, we arrived less than an hour from closing. Without regard for time or consideration for their own personal commitments or obligations, they reached out to our family and patiently spent two hours listening to our needs and working with us to come up with a home that fit our family and budget. It was their knowledge, experience, and insight that guided and assured us that we would indeed have the dream home that we were looking for.

In addition, the commitment and devotion they brought to building our home made us realize and know that we weren’t just another “job” to them, but it made us constantly aware that they were working solely on our behalf and in our best interest. We were living in our camper during our entire homebuilding process, and Darrell Craig, our construction manager, made it his personal mission to get our family into “permanent” housing and in our home for the holidays. His coordinated efforts and diligence got us into our new home in less than two months from the time they broke ground.

Truly, the people who work from the Smith Mountain Lake office are extraordinary people and are a rare find. They are the type of people who represent companies well, give their companies a good reputation, and make their companies great. And when individuals like them, go above and beyond the call of duty and go the “extra mile” to get the job done, it is our personal belief that it would be inexcusable not to commend them and “give honor to whom honor is due.” We will forever consider the staff and contractors at the SML office our family friends, and should the need arise to build yet another home, there is no doubt to whom we will turn to get the job done.

We are also taking the liberty of sending a picture of our new Nationwide Home, and it is our hope that you would take comfort in knowing that we have been well served by your company representatives at Smith Mountain Lake.

Sincerely, The Harris Family "

Tim,
VA

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