Ownership – Custom Home Build: What Do I Need to Know? (Part 7)

Your home is complete; you have done your final walk-through and are ready to move into your new custom home. All legal paperwork is finalized; you are officially a homeowner. Congratulations!

As members of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program, it is mandatory to complete a “Certificate of Possession” prior to moving into your new home. This document is a checklist to ensure a thorough final home tour with yourself and your home builder. It also confirms that your custom home is completed to your satisfaction.

Information regarding maintaining and operating your new home will be provided at that time. You will be asked to turn on taps, open windows, operate doors and cabinetry. Any discrepancies will be documented and resolved.

Make a Checklist to Ensure You Have a Smooth Move into Your New Custom Home

When preparing to move, being organized will be your biggest asset. Here are a few checklist items:

  • Decide on a mover
  • Amend home insurance
  • Out with the old! Sort through what stays and goes
  • Arrange appliance delivery
  • Confirm utility / telephone / internet / satellite / cable hook ups
  • Address change for bank accounts, bills, credit cards, drivers licence and registration, schools, etc.

Also, check out HGTV’s tips on moving.

It has been a long journey, and now you are the proud owners of your new custom dream home! Your home will serve as a place of comfort, a place to set your roots, and a place where memories will be made.

You will have a one year walk-though with your builder. Be sure to keep an ongoing list of items to review at that time.

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The Building Process – Custom Home Build: What Do I Need to Know? (Part 6)

Your blueprints are complete, your mortgage is in place, paperwork is signed off, and you have made your selections to personalize your new custom home.


The home building process is underway… Construction begins once building and development permits are approved.

Your Home Goes up! Here are the phases your house will go through:

Foundation – The lot is surveyed and staked out then the ground is excavated. Form boards are put in place where concrete is poured to form the foundation walls.

Structure – Your home will start to take shape once the construction professionals frame the walls and complete the roof.

Windows are installed and the roofing work is completed. This is also called the ‘close up’ stage.

Rough-ins – Your home’s infrastructure is created when the utilities are complete. Electrical, heating, plumbing, and AV wiring all get roughed in and ready for drywall and insulation.

Exterior – During this stage, the home’s exterior walls are finished and the interior work will now begin.

Insulation/Drywall – All exterior walls and ceilings are now installed with energy efficient insulation. Once the inspection of insulation is complete, all walls and ceilings are dry walled.

Interior – Many of the finishes and fixtures you have previously selected are now being installed. Your home is beginning to have its own personal style.

Your home has grown from an idea to a blueprint and finally into your custom home.

As your Possession Date is coming closer, are you starting to prepare yourself for the sale of your existing home?



Product Selection Process – Custom Home Build: What Do I Need to Know? (Part 5)

Once your permits have been issued, your custom home builder will soon start the excavation of your foundation. You are now embarking on the Selection Process portion of your build… This is where the magic happens!

Now’s the Time for the Fine Details

Windows – Although the sizes are determined by your blueprints, details such as color, window construction, and opening configurations are best determined by you and an experienced window manufacturer.


Exterior colors for stucco, stone, Hardiboard, roof, garage doors, fascia, and soffits, etc.


Appliances, plumbing, and lighting fixtures – Your plumber, electrician, and cabinet maker need your specifications.


Flooring – Your flooring crew needs specifications for finishing components such as cabinetry and railings.


Cabinets and Finishings such as railings, doors, baseboards, casing etc.


Paint and Stain – Your painters need your paint selections for items such as doors, trims and walls. You also need to choose stains for items such as railings.


Each decision will affect the next process; therefore, it is important that your custom home builder schedules time to go over selections between you and the applicable company to ensure there are no delays in the building process.

Start looking through magazines or searching the Internet to find images of ideas that you like. It is helpful to have a “jumping off” point… This is where the design concept will start from. Think about your top “must haves.”

It will ensure you are on the same page with your custom home builder.

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