WHY BUILD INSTEAD OF BUY?
Don’t settle by buying an existing home that isn’t everything you want it to be.
Building custom with us is quick and easy, and ensures you have a home perfectly fit for you life.
OUR BUILDING PROCESS
We make building easy!
Our team of professionals will work with you and offer guidance every step of the way.
Consultation and Home Design: Our Sales Consultants and in-house Design Coordinators are attentive listeners and will work with you to select the home plan and features that best fit your life.
Determine Pricing: No one wants to receive a large, unexpected bill during or after construction. Brookside Homes gives you pricing peace of mind from the start with our very detailed, no hidden cost Price Quotation. All items included in the build are clearly referenced and association with an accurate dollar amount – no risky handwritten pricing or high-level, consolidated descriptions making you guess as to what is/is not included and its cost.
Pre-construction Site Visit: We’ll work with you to schedule a Pre-construction Site Visit with Owner Steve Wagner, or another Brookside Homes representative, on your lot to confirm site work costs and determine best location for the home on your lot.
Obtain Financing: With pricing in-hand, you can obtain financing for your home from your financial institution. Don’t yet have a financial institution or want to shop around for the best rates? We’re happy to share with you a list of fine, local institutions we’ve worked with previously.
Sign Contract: Once your financing is in order and you’re good to go with your Home Plan Design and Price Quotation, we’ll all sign the build contract so we can get started on building your home.
Obtain Permits: Once you obtain the various permits (e.g., building, water, sewer, etc.) needed according to your various county, township and location requirements, site work can commence. Questions about completing permit applications? Don’t worry, we can help answer them!
Framing: The wall studs and walls are put up, floors/stories are created and windows and the roof system/shingles are installed. Once framing is finished, we conduct an inspection with the framer and another with the code inspector. General completion timeframe for this step is 2-5 weeks, but can vary depending on size of home, weather conditions and inspector schedule.
Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC Rough-in: Once the frame of your home is finished, ductwork is installed for the HVAC system. Electrical conduit/wires and plumbing pipes are run through the interior walls, ceilings and floors. Additionally, sewer lines and vents, water supply lines for each plumbing fixture, and bathtubs and other large, heavy units that require room to maneuver are installed. If you are supplying any of your own fixtures, particularly special order items, it is important that you make your selections and order early so the fixtures are ready and available. Rough electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems then go through a code inspection. General completion time frame is 2-3 weeks, but can vary depending on inspector schedule and availability of any fixtures you are supplying.
Utilities Hookup: Trenches for utilities and public water/sewer are created following this rough in stage. An inspection is also scheduled with you, the homeowner, at this building interval.
Drywall and Painting: Once the drywall is taped, spackled, and sanded, the primer coat of paint is applied. While this step generally takes 3-4 weeks to complete, weather and electricity are a major factor. Temperature and humidity conditions can affect the integrity of the drywall at this stage; therefore, prior delays in electric hookup can mean a delay in completion if not addressed promptly. Inspections will be scheduled as well at this stage.
Exterior: Install exterior finishes such as siding, decorative trim, stone facade, etc., per your home plan, in addition to the gutters, soffit and downspouts. As with the concrete pouring, this step can be completed any time after the framing, however for siding installation, we prefer that the landscape backfilling be completed first. General timeframe is 1-2 weeks, but varies greatly depending on weather.
Trimming: Install interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, molding and other decorative trim. Kitchen and bathroom vanity cabinets are installed. General time frame is 3-4 weeks, but may vary due to product availability.
Electrical and Plumbing Finish: Install the electrical and plumbing fixtures and light bulbs. General time frame is 2-3 weeks, but can vary depending on the availability of full and complete fixtures, particularly if you are supplying any of the fixtures. All fixtures and light bulbs must be installed in order to pass the Occupancy Inspection.
Pre-carpet Finish: We’ll perform a light cleaning of cabinets and countertops, and sweep the floors. We do recommend you perform a more thorough cleaning prior to move in. Paint touch-ups are started at this time. Porch and deck rails will be installed if applicable. General time frame is 1-2 weeks.
Carpet Installation: Install carpet (if applicable) and complete any remaining touch-ups. General time frame is 1-2 weeks.
Occupancy Inspection and Final Walk-through: We’ll work with you to select a date and time to meet with Owner Steve Wagner, or other Brookside Homes representative, for the Final Walk-through. We will then schedule the Occupancy Inspection with the code inspector, typically 2-3 days prior to the Final Walk-through, in an effort to have the Occupancy Permit ready for you at the Final Walk-through. The Final Walk-through is an opportunity to acquaint you with the features of your new home and identify any items that may be of concern, generating a “punch list” of to-dos that, in most cases, are addressed that day or on the next business day. Your final payments or payment arrangements are also due at Final Walk-through. If final payment or payment arrangements are received/made, we’ll hand over the house keys and you may begin moving in, provided the Occupancy Permit was granted by the inspector.
All of our homes are covered by a 1 year workmanship/material warranty and a 12-year structural warranty, administered and backed by an independent third-party to ensure fairness and transparency. Since joining the warranty program in 2007, Brookside Homes has had zero warranty claims! We truly build homes for life!
FIND YOUR LOT
Looking for land? Use our handy-dandy land finder to get a link to available lots in your area of choice.
We build within a 2-hour radius from our Selinsgrove office, allowing us to cover
nearly all of Central PA and the southern tier of NY.
We work with some great local financing partners, who can help make the home of your dreams happen.