Final Build Out Under Way at Mediterranean Villas, Pasco WA

It’s hard to believe that we are nearly at complete build out in our largest project to date, located in Pasco WA, the Mediterranean Villas Townhome community. 225 townhomes on 30 acres was quite the feat, but the process has certainly been worth it.

The community was well received from the start in 2002 and today the final few homes are under construction. What started as desert-scape and sand dunes has become a project our family business team is proud of, but more importantly thankful for. Continue reading “Final Build Out Under Way at Mediterranean Villas, Pasco WA”

Newest Custom Home. Rambler with Shop in Pasco WA

image1 (4)Devoted Builder’s really enjoyed working with these great home owners in Pasco WA. The couple owned their own lot and we orchestrated the hook up of all infrastructure including, electrical, water and an engineered septic system.  The owners provided us with a rough plan they had drawn and from there it was fine tuned with our designer. The home is built on a crawl space, with no steps or stairs to enter or exit the home.  The owners chose traditional yet contemporary finishes including durable wood laminate flooring, quartz counter tops, beech wood cabinets and ceramic tile.  For questions or to get an estimate to build a home on your own land/lot in or around the Richland, Kennewick or Pasco, WA area, call Jennifer at 509-947-5670 or Jessica at 509-947-2230. Continue reading “Newest Custom Home. Rambler with Shop in Pasco WA”

Buying Land, 11 Things you need to know

If you have ever dreamed of building your dream home on the perfect piece of property, then you may have toyed with the idea of buying land. However, if you buy land without doing your homework you may encounter more frustrations than foundation.  Before you write an offer, consider the following:

1)      LOCATION –Land itself, even without a home on it, can be a good investment.   The challenge is determining the true value by evaluating potential use and demand.  Location is paramount in determining value.  Tiny little houses in the middle of bustling downtown neighborhoods can sell for top dollar due to the supply of land in that area.

2)      ZONING LAWS – The value of land is impacted by zoning laws which determine what you can and can’t do with the land.  You may be able to check property zoning online. Pay attention to the county’s long term land use plans and scheduled road additions as these are indicators of future growth.

3)      HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS – Is the lot in a subdivision governed by a homeowners association?  If so, check the rules of what can be built and if there are restrictions regarding footprint, size, or style.

4)      COSTS TO DEVELOP LAND – There are costs to consider when developing land including survey costs and title insurance.

5)      ORDINANCES AND COVENANTS – Most land is sold in subdivisions which may have restrictions. There may be deed restrictions which are private agreements created between the owner and the buyer of the property.  You may also have ordinances which you must adhere from the local city.

6)      UTILITIES – There will be costs to bring utilities to the property including electricity, phone lines, water and sewer (if available).  If public water and sewer is not available, you will need permits for drilling a well and for installing a septic system.

7)      ROAD ACCESS – This is one aspect that is easy to overlook.  The gravel path the property came with may not work as a permanent driveway driving the costs up. Verify the road you see can indeed be developed as a permanent path.

8)      EASEMENTS –Be aware of every easement on the property and understand what the easements mean for your use and enjoyment of the property.

9)      SURVEYS – A survey will show you exactly where the property boundaries are as well as elevation possibilities for building. Never rely on an old survey – it may be outdated.

10)   FLOODING – You will need to know this to determine whether or not flood insurance is needed.

11)   PERMITS – Unless you plan on camping in a tent on your new piece of land, make sure you secure a permit for all improvements.

 

Once you know what you are doing it is easy to look for red flags when looking for land, saving you time and money. Ready to learn more? Give me us call at 509-947-5670.

What is a home warranty?

The term “home warranties” can refer to a number of different types of warranties. When buying or selling a home, different types of home warranties can provide benefits to buyers or sellers – and sometimes both. For sellers, a home warranty increases the perceived value of their home by providing an extra incentive.  For buyers, a home warranty purchases a little extra peace of mind.

In many cases a home warranty is sometimes purchased independent of a real estate transaction by a homeowner simply wanting extra protection in the event of appliances breaking down or other issues that can come up in a home that are not protected under standard homeowners insurance.

Covered items vary widely on these types of warranties, so it’s a good idea to carefully review the warranty to be sure you’re receiving the coverage you need.  In many cases, after-market warranties can be created from an “a la carte” menu, allowing you to select the coverage most important to you.

Each home built by Devoted Builder’s includes a warranty from the largest national home warranty program, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty with coverage on homes for structural defects that make the home unsanitary, unsafe or otherwise unlivable and include a full ten years of qualified structural warranty coverage from the date of closing. For more information on coverage and the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty visit www.2-10.com.

When discussing warranties, be clear on the exact resolution process when a problem arises with each covered item. For example, if the fridge breaks down, what is the process for getting it fixed?

Regardless of the type of warranty, there’s no doubt that they are an excellent tool to build trust and comfort between buyers and sellers.

For more of the nitty-gritty details on home warranties, give us a call at (509) 947-5670 or (509) 947-2230.

 

Moving: Easy Ways to Make Moving Day Less Stressful


By Relocation.com Staff

Moving day is stressful – not only do you have to coordinate every aspect of the move, you might also be dealing with the emotions of those around you on a very busy day — your spouse, your kids, your movers.

Heck, even YOU might be getting emotional.

So be careful that in the heat of the moment you don’t make some of these more common mistakes:

1. Ignoring Your Inventory

Your moving inventory is proof that items that were packed in your home found their way onto the truck. Make sure that everything that was packed got on the van, and that it’s reflected in the inventory. Work out a system with your mover so you can check this. (Moving companies do this all the time, so they’ll be prepared for the request.)

When you get to your new home, you’ll use the inventory again to ensure that everything gets off the truck and into your new home!

2. Not Doing a Walk-Through of Your House After Loading

It’s easy to leave stuff behind — perhaps it’s those Christmas decorations in the closet, or maybe that painting in the master bedroom. Before signing anything, go through every closet and cupboard to ensure it’s all been loaded. When you sign, your signing over your items to the moving company, and if anything’s been forgotten, you’ll have to arrange to have it shipped to your new home (and it won’t be cheap….)

3. Letting Your Moving Company Move Stuff You Need Access to

Once everything’s on the truck, you won’t be able to get at it until you’re at your new home.  Make sure you set aside these things where the movers won’t accidently load them.

This includes enough clothing, cosmetics, toiletries, prescription drugs, electronics like a cell phone and a charger — and bring a little more than you think you’ll need, just in case the moving company’s late.

4. Having Kids and Pets Around During the Move

Having kids and pets around during the move can be dangerous to them, and to your movers, because the movers will be lifting and moving lots of heavy furniture and boxes. If you can’t have someone watch them for a few hours, make sure they stay in a room that’s out of the movers’ way. In your new home, set up their rooms first and unpack their toys and the TV, so they can occupied while everything gets moved in and unpacked.

5. Letting Movers Move Precious Goods

Anything you can’t bear the prospect of losing you should keep with you in the car on the way to your new home. These include family mementos like pictures, personal documents, financial information and artwork. Also back up the data on your computer (unless you’re carrying it with you) and carry the drive with you.