Home Building Questions Answered

Noah Construction & Builders wants our customers to be well informed when it comes to the subject of residential home building. Therefore, we offer some questions and answers that might help improve your understanding of building your first home. As always, we are here to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any other questions you might have.

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Buy existing or build new?

This simple question can often be the most difficult to answer because a buy versus build decision depends on each person. Some people want the convenience of buying an existing home so they can move in immediately, even if that house doesn’t fully meet their needs. Others want to choose their home style and details from the ground up and are willing to wait for their perfect home to be built. Noah Construction & Builders can help either way because we can build your new home or help renovate an existing home to suit you.

How do I start the process to build a home?

First, research the builders in your area as well as new construction already occurring in the area. Look at reviews, talk to owners who have built recently, and create an outline of what you want your house to be in terms of size and options. Then start interviewing builders you think will meet your needs.

Once I start this process, how long until my home is ready?

The home design and build process can take from six months to a year and can be delayed by weather, materials shortages, or other things not in the builders’ control. Other factors include where the site is located, how much site preparation is needed to build, and so forth.

What other costs occur during my build?

Each builder is different in terms of what costs are included or separated from your contract, but typical extra costs are building permits, water and sewer connections, electrical connections to the utility, wetlands mitigation or seawall construction depending on the area, and so forth. You should discuss this with the builder as your contract is being prepared.

Can I build on a lot I own?

The answer is probably, but you need to understand if there are building restrictions, where utilities are located, the site elevation and whether it tends to flood, any difficulties for delivery trucks to reach the site, and more. All of these issues can increase the cost of your construction.

Should I build for the present or the future?

Homeowners often fail to think about the future when building a new home. As they age, their needs will change such as being able to negotiate stairs, room for wheelchairs, or adding a “bonus” room that could be used differently in the future. Thinking about your future needs can also add resale value later because future buyers may have needs your home design allows for.

Should I compare builders on a cost per square foot basis?

Noah Construction & Builders does not recommend this. This is a number generated for buyers, and there is no consistency among builders about what their cost per square foot may include. Choose your builder by their reputation and quality, not because of a generated number that can’t be compared to other builders.

Should I build up, down, or out to get the space I need?

Building a second floor can result in lower costs since fewer materials are needed, but depending on where you are building it may not be feasible. In coastal areas, a two-story house can experience higher winds on the second-floor level because winds increase with altitude. Local building codes or association rules must also be taken into account. Basements can add a lot of useable space but can slow construction if local weather prevents getting the basement poured on schedule. Also, keep in mind that adding a stairway reduces the space on each floor and could make future use of the second floor or basement more difficult for someone who is disabled. A single-floor home may not fit the lot you have chosen or may have to be configured differently than you expected. These are all issues you should discuss with your builder before signing a contract.

What are the different types of foundations?

The three major types of foundations are slabs, basements, and crawl spaces. A slab foundation sits directly on the ground and is the easiest to prepare but won’t provide any protection from flooding. A basement foundation is the most expensive to prepare but offers a lot of space, storm protection, and easy access to plumbing and utilities. A crawl space creates an elevation above ground that can be useful if an area is subject to flooding but it takes about the same time to build as a basement and the crawl space isn’t useable living space.

How do I make sure not to be hit with extra costs?

When you prepare your building contract, be very specific about what you want. Every feature, option, accessory, and exterior items like porches or decks must be discussed because the builder will use a standard item or feature unless you clearly state what you want. If you find out during construction that you aren’t getting the deck you want but didn’t ask for, you could add a lot of cost to your build. Figure out in detail what you want your house to look like and what features you want before you talk to any builder.

Should I build custom or semi-custom?

A custom home is designed to your specific needs and desires, and you as the homeowner choose virtually every detail to suit you. A semi-custom home is designed by the builder to meet a specific floor plan or lot size, and you can choose options or extras to suit your tastes. Semi-custom homes can cost less because the builder has already incorporated the design into their base cost. It is a matter of personal taste and budget which way you choose.

What is a punch list?

Near the end of construction, you and your builder will walk through the home and look at everything in detail. A punch list is created to give the builder a list of items not yet completed per your contract or something that isn’t working correctly. Unfinished woodwork, painting that needs touchup, light switches that don’t work, or missing hardware on doors are all items that need to be detailed on the punch list. Go through the home very carefully and test everything to be sure it is working as it should or has been built as the contract stated.

What can you do now?

Choosing to build a home is a big decision, and it takes effort on your part before you meet with a builder. Determine where you want your home to be, what you want it to look like, what features you need today and may need in the future, and how much you can afford. You can get pre-approved for a mortgage which will tell you how much you have available to spend on your home. Then contact Noah Construction & Builders and discuss your dreams with us. We will work hard to create a home you can be proud of for years to come.

Keeping Your Home Clean During Covid-19

Now more than ever, it is important to keep your home clean and safe. If you are looking for tips on how to keep your home sanitized, you’ve come to the right place. Continue on to learn more about keeping your home clean during COVID-19.

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It is important to know how to clean and disinfect your home. Certain practices should be followed. When cleaning and disinfecting, wear disposable gloves. Surfaces should be cleaned using soap and water. Any frequently touched surface should be cleaned on a routine basis. Some examples of high-touch surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, sinks, faucets, toilets, keyboards, phones, desks, handles, and counter tops.

After cleaning surfaces with soap and water, you should disinfect these surfaces. EPA-registered household disinfectants are recommended. Follow the instructions on the disinfectant’s label to be sure you are using the product safely and correctly. For certain surfaces, diluted household bleach solutions may be used. To make these solutions, mix 5 tablespoons of bleach with 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons of bleach with 1 quart of water. Other useful disinfectant products include alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol.

Don’t forget the soft surfaces in your home. Carpets, rugs, and drapes should also be cleaned and disinfected. Clean these surfaces with soap and water or cleaners designed specifically for these items. If possible, launder these items following the manufacturer’s instructions.

If someone in your home is sick, there are steps you can take to prevent their illness from spreading. First, provide a separate bedroom and bathroom for this individual, if possible. If this individual is well enough to clean the surfaces they use, it is recommended that they do so. However, if the individual is not well enough, a caregiver should wait as long as possible to enter the space and clean it. This gives the bacteria time to dissipate, reducing the caregiver’s risk of infection.

At Noah Construction & Builder, Inc., the safety of our clients is a top priority. If you want to learn more about our services, you can contact us by phone at (631) 750-2837.

A Guide To Remodeling Your Front Entrance

The front entrance of your home is your guests’ first impression of your living space. You want to make a warm and grand impression on guests when they visit you. If you are feeling bored or underwhelmed with your current front entrance, read on for a guide to remodeling your front entrance.

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One of the simplest, yet most effective ways to remodel the front entrance of your home is by adding lighting. Add lighting to the walkway of your home not only brightens the feel, but it creates a safe walkway for your guests when they enter or leave your house after sunset.

Next, accessorize. Add some flowers or landscaping to your front entrance to add some color and texture to your home. Even something as simple as a welcome mat can make all the difference.

Your front door can say a lot about your home. When picking a front door, consider something that matches the design style of your home. The color of your front door is also important. If your front door is a dark color, like black or navy blue, consider switching it up and changing it to a white or yellow color. This can help guests feel more welcome before they even step into your home.

Do you have a porch in front of your house? If not, add one! A porch creates a cozy and warm atmosphere at the front of your home. It is also a great place to sit back and relax after a long day. Putting in a porch is simple, easy, and can completely change the mood of your front entrance for the better.

For help with any of these remodeling projects, contact Noah Construction and Builders. You can reach our team by calling (631) 750-2837 today!

Tips For Getting Your Home Ready For Winter

Winter is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to prepare your home for the cold weather. Taking the necessary steps to prep your home for winter can prevent damage and help you save money. For tips for getting your home ready for winter, just keep reading.

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The first thing to do when winter approaches are to protect your pipes. Water expands as it freezes, which means pipes with water inside can burst. Protect your pipes by making sure they are crack-free and warm all winter.

Next, check the heat. Make sure your furnace and blowers are operating as they should before it’s time to turn on the heat. This way, you can be sure everything is running right before heat is necessary.

Don’t forget to maintain the exterior of your home when winter approaches. If you have any lawn equipment, clean and store this equipment after tending to your yard in the fall. Any gas-powered equipment, such as mowers, trimmers, tillers, or chippers, can benefit from being stored away in the winter.

Your fireplace and your chimney need to be tended to before winter. A professional chimney sweep can clean out the soot and debris in your chimney to prevent any accidental fires.

To keep the cold out, seal your doors and windows with caulk. The nooks and crannies of your entryways can let in the cold. This cold can cause you to turn up your heat, which costs money. Sealing cracks can reduce your need to crank the heat, which can save you money and keep you warm all winter long.

Follow these tips to prep your home for winter. If you’re in need of some assistance when prepping your home for winter, reach out to Noah Construction and Builders. We can help you get your home ready for winter or we can remodel your home. Reach out to us by giving us a call at (631) 750-2837 today!

Fall Preparation Checklist For Your Garden, Lawn, and Home

As cool weather slowly sets in, it’s time to think about how to best ready your home, lawn, and garden for those winter months. We’re not talking about renovations here (though don’t skip out on home maintenance, of course!). Rather, we’re going to outline some simple ways you can beautify your property for the season.

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The exterior of your home should be decorated with seasonal colors—think leaves and autumn plants—to create a sense of matching atmosphere. We think it is best to avoid too many decorations that are specific to a holiday and to work a little broader. That way, you aren’t constantly having to change things from month to month. One of the best decorations for autumn and winter are lights. With the days growing shorter they can brighten up those early evenings with a sense of warmth. We recommend going with white or yellow, to better match the colors of the season.

It’s also a good time to change your lawn maintenance routine. In addition to cutting it (which you can get away with doing less frequently once summer’s gone), you’ll need to be on the lookout for downed branches. On top of this, fallen leaves need to be raked and removed. If you don’t want to do it for the sake of keeping things tidy, then do it for the health of your lawn. Though they will eventually break down, leaves that clump together can harm the lawn itself.

Finally, get your hands dirty in the garden. Besides cleaning debris out of it, you’ll want to consider removing any garden fencing you have once winter comes. That’s because the changes in the ground can misshape or even destroy barriers you’ve set in place. You may spend more time reinstalling it when spring arrives, but you’ll save money by not having to replace it entirely.

Let Noah Construction and Builders help you get your home ready for the season. Visit us at 80 Orville Drive, Suite 116, in Bohemia, New York, or talk with one of our experts by calling 631-750-2837.

Is Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter?

As Summer fades into memory and cooler nights descend upon us, it is only a matter of time before the chill sets in. It is not uncommon to hear people discuss ‘winterizing’ their vehicles, but few people talk about winterizing their significantly more valuable homes. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to get your house ready for chilly nights.

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Five Signs Your Roof is in Need of Maintenance!

One of the most expensive home repairs is replacing your home’s roof . While it’s true that not all roof problems require a new roof, you should be prepared for that possibility, when a problem arises. Catching a problem early is always preferable to catching it later when it’s more expensive to fix.

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Noah Knows: Costs of Home Renovations

Square Foot Pricing is just a Ball Park

A question I get often is how much do you charge per Sq Ft. Being in this Business for over 30 years I can tell you Sq Ft prices are only ballpark numbers to start with. For example, if you apply the Sq Ft principle to let’s say buying a car, you could have a Honda Civic and a Ferrari, now they are both very close in size or (Sq Ft) but one’s $30k while the other is $400k. Why? Because the Ferrari is all custom and higher-end finishes. The same goes for homes, you can have a basic 1000 Sq Ft dormer plain no gables, low budget materials, all carpeting, no recessed lighting and pay a lower price. Or you can upgrade that same dormer and add 2 additional baths, large gables, arch top windows, Portico, upgraded siding and roofing, oak floors throughout. So each job needs to be broken down individually to meet the client’s needs and budget. We can give you a ballpark Sq Ft price over the phone, but in order to really give you the right price we need to see the home, discuss your needs, and tailor your home to meet your criteria. Remember every family and home is different. With this being said I wrote out a simple plan to help clients budget for their next home renovation using a Sq Ft method.

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