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ANSWERS TO FREQUENT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS
How long have you been in business?
J. H. Fisher Construction has been in business since 1990. Jeff has been in the business for 29 years as a framer and woodworker.
What type of homes do you build?
Being custom homes, styles and sizes vary but generally Colonials, Georgians, Federals and Cape Cod.
How many homes do you build a year?
We complete 3-5 homes a year.
How many people do you have on staff?
Jeff works the field with a full time hands on Field Superintendent, a full time Office/Project Manager, a part time Bookkeeper, and laborers.
How much do you charge per square foot?
This is a difficult question. Since our homes are custom and one of a kind, they are never built twice. Pricing depends on your lot, type of home and square footage. You as the homeowner also drive the price with your allowance selections.
What is required for a first meeting?
Please bring along with you a couple of different plans, elevations of the exterior from the internet or magazines, any photos representing desired features and a wish list. Allow at least 2 hours.
What is the next step after the first meeting?
To set up a meeting with our designer and enter into the design process. This requires a deposit that allows us to begin drawing plans and covers the basemap, soil test, structural engineering, prints and copies. This is considered part of the 10% deposit required at contracting.
How long is the Design Process?
This depends on several factors, such as knowing what the homeowner wants in a home. This process is usually about 3 months to get the final drawings.
How long will it take to build my home?
Once we break ground, this building process can be anywhere from 8 to 12 months, depending on the square footage and whether or not you have a basement.
When do we know the total cost of our home?
After the final drawings are complete and all subcontractors and suppliers have gotten back to us on their pricing.
What if I want to change something after the contract has been signed?
We always try to accommodate changes. If there is no cost to us for changes, then there would be no cost to the homeowner. If there is cost, then it would be discussed. The important thing is to get it the way the homeowner wants it.
What type of contract do you have?
We have a fixed price contract.
What are allowanced items?
These are items you will select for your home with our suppliers. You are given a set dollar amount in the contract to work from. Such items include light and plumbing fixtures, appliances, shower doors, tile, carpet, hardware, stair parts, cabinets and countertops.
What if I go over my allowances?
You can go over your allowanced amounts, but you are expected to pay these overages directly to the supplier.
Can I supply allowanced items of my own?
Yes you can, although we generally don't recommend it. If you have an existing fixture you would like to use in your new home and can have it to us when we need it, we will make every effort possible to make this happen for you.
Can I use a supplier that is not listed on your selection sheet?
We discourage using suppliers we're not familiar with. This can cause issues with communication and timing. We have worked with each of our suppliers for years and value those relationships.
How do I select my allowances?
You are responsible to set up a meeting with each of our suppliers using the timeline on the selection sheet. This will require your allowance total, approved county drawings and any personal ideas or lists.
How do change orders work?
Change orders are usually applied to owner directed changes in the work. They never originate from the builder. These changes would be in writing and are to be paid prior to commencement of work.
How many times am I required to visit the house?
Three visits are required. Lot clearing, electrical walk thru and final walk thru. Of course more visits are encouraged.
When do you turn the house over?
We turn your house over to you when we receive the final C.O. and final payment has been made.
How does the closing work?
Once we've gotten all inspections, the C.O. and completed the final walk thru, you will close on your loan. To do this most banks require the C.O., a final survey, a final bill, a final Lien Waiver and inspection.