Construction Of Your New Home
The construction of a new home differs from other manufacturing processes in several ways. By keeping these differences in mind, you can enjoy the construction process as we build your new home.
Locks and Keys
Once exterior doors and locks are installed, we will access your home with a construction master key. Company policy prohibits staff members from loaning these keys to customers. Prior to your taking possession, all the locks on your house will be changed and the construction master keys will no longer open your home.
Plans and Specifications
The municipal building department must review and approve the plans and specifications for your home. We construct each home to comply with the plans and specifications approved by the building department. Your specifications become part of our agreements with trade contractors and suppliers. Only written instructions from Hopewell can change these contracts. Many factors can cause slight variations between the model home you viewed and the home we deliver to you. These are considered to be acceptable as part of the construction process.
From time to time, regulatory and government agencies adopt new codes or regulations that can affect your new home. Such changes are usually adopted in the interest of safety and are legal requirements with which Hopewell must comply. Therefore, builders may construct the same floor plan slightly different to accommodate air vents, plumbing pipes, and similar items. These variations are generally very minor in nature and considered to be acceptable as part of the construction process.
Changes in Materials, Products and Methods
The new home industry, building trades and product manufacturers are continually working to improve methods and products. In addition, manufacturers sometimes make model changes that can impact the final product. For instance, appliance manufacturers generally make design changes every year. The model homes will show the appliances that were current when the models were built although your home may have a more recent version.
In all instances, as required by your purchase agreement, any substitution of method or product that we make will have equal or better quality than that shown in our models. Since such substitutions or changes may become necessary because of matters outside of our control, we reserve the right to make them without notification.
Dozens of trade contractors will construct your home. The same individuals rarely work on every home and even if they did, each one would still be unique. The exact placement of switches, outlets, registers and so on, will vary slightly from the model and other homes of the same floor plan.
Our company will build your new home to the quality of standards described in our documents and demonstrated in our show homes. Each new home is a handcrafted product, combining art, science and raw labour.
Errors and Omissions
During a process that takes several months and involves hundreds of people, an error or omission may occur. We have systems and procedures for inspecting our homes to ensure that the level of quality meets our requirements. We inspect every step of construction and are responsible for quality control. In addition, local inspectors conduct a number of inspections at different stages of construction. Your home must pass each inspection before construction continues.
In the construction process, every home being built experiences some days when it is not at its best. Homes under construction endure wind, rain, snow, foot traffic and activities that generate noise, dust and trash. Material scraps are a by-product of the process and although your new home is cleaned by each trade upon completion of their portion of the work, during your visits you will encounter some messy moments. Keep in mind that the completed homes you toured also once endured these “ugly duckling” stages.
Hopewell is a single source company. This means we select all personnel and companies who will contribute to your home. We order all materials and products from suppliers with whom we have established relationships. Although you may not perform work or contract work in your home prior to occupancy, you are welcome to add your personal touches to the home after you close and take possession of it.
Your home is built through the combined efforts of specialists in many trades from excavation and foundation, through framing, mechanicals and insulation, to drywall, trim and finish work. To ensure your new home meets Hopewell’s high standards of construction quality, only authorized suppliers, trade contractors, and Hopewell employees are permitted to perform work in your home.
Each trade contractor works on a limited portion of the home; they may not be aware of all the details that affect the home and are not in a position to offer judgments. All questions or requests for changes should go through Hopewell - we will then obtain input from trades when that is appropriate.
Suppliers and trade contractors have no authority to enter into agreement for Hopewell. For your protection and theirs, the terms of our trade contractor agreements prohibit alterations without written authorization from Hopewell. Their failure to comply with this procedure can result in termination of their contract. Please discuss changes you are considering with your Area Sales Manager.
The delivery date for your new home begins as an estimate. Until the roof is on and the structure is enclosed, weather can dramatically affect the delivery date. Even after the home itself is past the potential for weather-related delays, weather can severely impact installation of utility services, final grading and contract flatwork, to mention a few examples. Extended periods of wet weather or freezing temperatures bring work to a stop in the entire region. When favourable conditions return, the tradespeople go back to work, picking up where they left off. Please understand they are as eager as you are to get caught up and make progress on your home.
Delivery Date Updates
Hopewell recognizes that timing is critical in planning your move. Although a guaranteed date is unrealistic in the early stages of construction, we can provide regular updates. As the home nears completion, Hopewell can provide a firm delivery date 35 days before the closing. Meanwhile, be flexible and avoid making arrangements that might cause you worry if the move-in date changes.
We will update you on the delivery date of your home at 35 to 45 days prior to occupancy. You are also welcome to check with us should you have any scheduling concerns due to your own situation.
We suggest that, until you receive this commitment, you avoid finalizing arrangements for your move. Until then, flexibility is the key to comfort, sanity and convenience. We want you to enjoy this process and avoid unnecessary stress caused by uncertainty.
Please keep in mind that your belongings may be brought into the home only after your receive possession due to insurance issues and applicable building regulations.
Expect several days during the construction of your home when it appears that nothing is happening. This can occur for a number of reasons. Each trade is scheduled days or weeks in advance of the actual work. This period is referred to as “lead time.” Time is allotted for completing each trade’s work in your home and, sometimes, one trade completes its work ahead of schedule. The next trade already has an assigned time slot, which usually cannot be changed on short notice.
Progress also pauses while the home awaits the necessary inspections. This is part of the normal construction schedule and occurs at several points in every home. Also, throughout construction of a home, work progresses rapidly at some stages as highly visible stages are completed (such as installing large expanses of walls) and more slowly at others (such as detail work like soffit installation, etc).