If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already heard the big news… We officially signed the contract to start building our first home! Wow, what a whirlwind this process has been – and this is just the building contract. Can’t wait to see what the closing process has in store for us!
Here we are, standing in front of the lot our home will be built on – the first of many selfies with our home, I’m sure! Off topic, but this is one of very few pictures of Jeremy and I together and certainly the best one. I love it so much!
We arrived at the Lennar office in Moss Grove Plantation, the community in which we’re building our home. We met up with our Realtor so that we could sign a few papers that would officially make us his client. He’s been amazing and I’m so thankful we’ve had him. I know a lot of people have done this sort of thing without a Realtor and I just can’t imagine! He’s made sure to ask all of the big questions and keep us completely informed during this process and he’ll be with us to the very end. You can’t ask for better!
Once inside the Welcome Home Center, we started talking about what we were doing, what the process would be for building our home, and what all was involved with the contract.
Signing the Contract
I’ve been joking about getting hand cramps and practicing my signature and initials in order to get ready for this contract. The last time I was witness to anyone purchasing a home was over a decade ago and I didn’t really think about the fact that it’s 2015 and that everyone does everything electronic these days.
The entire contract was done on a laptop. By agreeing to a pre-designed signature and initial set, we agreed that those would electronically take the place of a hand-written signature on all of the paperwork. I’ll admit, it made “signing” the contract really easy considering 3 different people (Jeremy, myself, and our Realtor) all had to sign it. The Lennar representative went through everything on the contract once and Jeremy signed as we went along. After that, I just quickly went through and signed the whole thing, followed by our Realtor.
It was a long contract. I’m glad for the electronic of it all because wow… that was the starting contract. What’s the closing stuff going to look like!?
The Building Process
I was surprised at how involved this actually is. I mean, I had it in my head that I would be bothering them a lot, wanting to go see the house and wanting to be there for every step. Apparently, we’re supposed to be. As in, we will be there when they are ready to pour the foundation so that we’re all completely clear about where the house is going to sit on the land. There will be multiple walk-throughs and inspections – including having our own inspector come in during whatever phase of build we choose to look around.
Construction begins in October. I’m a little bummed to hear that it’s so far away. Weather permitting, it will be done in the February – March time frame. It should only take them 17 weeks to complete the house. We have a Construction Manager, which makes it sound even more super exciting. We will be receiving weekly reports from him once we’ve actually broken ground. Our lot is #546! I can’t wait to find out what our address will be.
Everything’s Included. Like, that’s basically the entire motto of Lennar. The price we pay is for everything… including but not limited to all new GE appliances, all light fixtures, faucets, door knobs, this cool system for our thermostat and locks that we can program ourselves, ceiling fans in certain rooms (and wiring otherwise if we want to install them in others), landscaping in the front (10 bushes and 1 tree to be specific), and a whole list of energy efficient features for the windows and roof.
Our contract guarantees us a 1 year warranty on the house. Before we close, everything will be inspected to the best of anyone’s ability. If something should break or go wrong within 30 days of close, it all gets noted and the builder sends someone to fix it. We are welcome to bring anything to their attention at any time during that year. At the 11 month mark, they do another walk through and take note of any problems and fix them.
We’re Future Home Owners!
Can you believe it? I’m just… so in awe of all of this. I never imagined we’d get a house like this, much less build one. I feel incredibly blessed right now.
More to come about the colors and home extras we chose!