FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there limitations as to the design and size of house?

Answer:

The systems building process allows you to design, customize, and build homes and offices to look just how you want them. We offer cad floor and site plan design, architectural and engineering review for a reasonable fee that is rebate-able against the purchase price of your new house. In short, Systems building offers the same amenities as site built, but you gain all the benefits of better materials, state of the art construction, superior quality, and time and money savings.

Is GreenCrest Homes a General Contractor?

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The answer is yes. We can supply products, subcontractors and supervision for a complete turn-key project ready for your furniture. We can also provide you a weather-tight shell you complete or a partially finished home that we assist you to complete.

Will you use sub contractors and suppliers that we suggest?

Answer:

We would be glad to incorporate products and services that you would like us to use in to your project. We also have a long list of preferred component suppliers and licensed sub contractors that can be in trusted to meet your design specifications. For items requiring routine maintenance, we suggest teaming with local suppliers to insure service ability for years to come.

How long does the average project take until I can move in?

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This can very depending on the size of the project, the quantity of options chosen, and the complexity of the site. On an average 1750 SF home project, the build time-line would be approximately 4 months from the time a contract and final set of prints are signed until a certificate of occupancy is issued.

How is my project managed in northern Michigan when I am not on site?

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Using today's technology from computers, e-mail, digital cameras and cell phones we can keep you up to date. We are more then happy to provide references upon request that back up our communications track record.

What does "Quality" mean at GreenCrest Homes?

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Attention to DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS, communications, complete drawings, complete specifications, availability and experience. Quality is the conformance to requirements that we establish with our customers. Terms such as grand, beautiful, exclusive are very vague and subjective. Quality is a measurement standard as demonstrated in the "Systems Difference". Dickinson Homes quality inspectors and area supervisors record the inspections of over 300 building functions during the factory construction process. This is further audited by an independent third party inspection service.

Who will stand behind my new house?

Answer:

GreenCrest Homes will! The core of your new GreenCrest house is backed by a 15 year structural limited warranty.

Are GreenCrest Homes Built Green?

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Again the answer is yes. Because of the products used and the energy efficiency naturally created using the systems building process, a factory built home is halfway to green certification when it is delivered to the site. Experiencing a tour of the climate-controlled factory will confirm the benefits and dispel the myths regarding off-site stick built homes.

Why Should I Choose GreenCrest Homes to Design & Build my new house?

Answer:

GreenCrest Homes offers you the latest in Custom Off-Site Stick Building, Factory Built housing, System Building, Modular Home Building - different labels for the same process offering superior-quality homes tailored to your liking, lifestyle, and budget. We will work with you to develop your specifications, finalized pricing, and create the building timeline on the front end of your project, to avoid countless delays due to weather, poor workmanship, and costly change orders that so many home owners are facing with the traditional building model.

What is Systems-Built Housing?

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Taken from the National Association of Home Builders Web Site, www.NAHB.org/buildingsystems, Systems-built housing refers to methods of construction that take advantage of modern machinery, computer and factory technology to create a code-compliant home. Systems-built homes use prefabricated materials, built in a climate-controlled environment and designed to work as a precise system, to complete the home. NAHB's Building System Councils, represents the producers, builders, and vendors of the concrete, log, modular, and panelized home industries.

Is System Building and Modular Technology less expensive?

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To make an honest comparison of system built to site built you must be sure you are comparing apples to apples, specification for specification. Here are just a few of the cost saving areas that modular built technology offers: Factory construction for the core of your new house results in greater efficiency then on site construction. The interest costs you pay for construction financing will be reduced because of a shorter schedule. Materials are not lost do to inclement weather and site pilferage. There is less construction site risks because of the shorter construction schedule. The quality of off site-stick built construction is far superior to on site construction.

Can I use price per square foot as a comparison guide?

Answer:

Using square footage pricing to compare GreenCrest Homes against the competition and the homes value is a very inaccurate way of comparison. There are thousands of different configurations of products and labor hours that make each home unique in regards to pricing. You can take the same home as viewed from the street, that appears identical from the outside and easily increase the cost per square foot because of the additional on site improvements and interior finish choices. Comparing the quality of workmanship, services, checking references and viewing the systems building process first hand is the best way to determine value.

What should be included in our project budget when talking to a builder?

Answer:

Typically, when developing a budget with a general contractor or builder, land cost, construction loan fees & loan interest, furniture, & moving costs should not be included when establishing a budget. Those items normally included when developing a property are costs that will stay with the land if the property changes hands in the future. These would include; site excavation, sticks & bricks, painting, landscaping, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems etc.