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FAQ’s When Building A To-Be-Built Home

A smiling couple stands close together holding a key and a cardboard box, in a room with several moving boxes.

When buying a to-be-built home, it’s understandable to have a million questions running through your mind from the timeline for completion, to what upgrades are available, and more.


At Beacon Homes, we want to alleviate some of these questions and make sure the home buying process is a breeze. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.


How long does it take to build?


The time it takes to build can vary. Especially if you’re looking to buy a quick move-in home versus a to-be-built.


A quick move-in home refers to a home that has been pre-designed and is currently being built, if not already completed. These types of homes would take a shorter time to build as most of the design and style decisions have been pre-selected. These could be ready in one to six months depending on what stage the home is at in the building process.


For a to-be-built home, you start by choosing your homesite and floor plan. This means you have more flexibility when it comes to personalizing details with a Beacon design consultant. Each month we reserve a number of openings in our construction schedule for to-be-built homes. Your Beacon Sales Specialist can tell you what the next available opening is and provide an estimated time frame for the entire process. 


Do I need an appointment to view model homes?


Yes. In order to make the most of your visit and dedicate time to any questions, we recommend scheduling an appointment. Though we have a few model homes, they are not always open. Our sales team is available 7 days a week, but they often out at the model home showing homes and homesites to other clients. Scheduling an appointment ensures that we are able to give you the time and attention you deserve. 


Better yet, we recommend connecting with our New Home Specialist, Cori. She is available to help answer any preliminary questions you have and guide you to the right community and home that fits your needs. She can also schedule an appointment for you to meet with our team in person.


Will I need to make a lot of upgrades to the home?


No. A large percentage of our buyers don’t spend very much adding options to their home. We put a lot of consideration into the way our homes are built and designed and include a lot of great features that might be an extra cost for other builders. 


What options do you offer and what color choices do I have?


We currently offer 8 design packages that our wonderful designer, Chelsea, has put together.


  • Fresh & Airy
  • Opposites Attract
  • The Modern Farmhouse
  • After 5PM
  • Cool Breeze
  • Au Natural
  • Something Old, Something New
  • Simply Classic


Start with the package that speaks to you. Do you prefer something bohemian with warm, neutral colors? Choose Fresh & Airy! Maybe you prefer a more moody, trendy feel? After 5PM would be your best option.


Once you’ve selected a design package, we can then move on to personalized details and finishes that speak to your unique style. From paint to countertops, lighting to flooring, and more, we offer a wide variety of options to create a home that is designed just for you. 


Do you allow changes to your floor plans?


Yes! We have invested a lot of time studying the different ways that people use the spaces in their homes and creating options to meet those needs. We offer a wide variety of pre-designed choices to change your floor plan. You can even use our interactive guide to see these options and exterior color schemes 


How many years has Beacon been in business?


We’ve been in business for almost 20 years. Within those 20 years, we’ve kept our promise to build with integrity and build homes that last the test of time, focusing on serving families of all shapes and sizes by helping them find a home that fits their lifestyle.


With our team’s hard work and maintaining our core values, we will continue building dream homes for many years to come.


What kind of new home warranty does Beacon Home offer?


We offer a 1-year builder’s warranty along with additional manufacturers’ warranties. The BHG, or Beacon Homeowner Guide, includes clear details about your warranty so there’s no guesswork when it comes to what is and isn’t covered.


Our customers also enjoy our in-house warranty service with Chelsi,Billy, and Daniel. We believe this sets us apart from other builders by allowing us to truly be with you every step of the way.


How much money do I have to put down?


The answer to this question varies. It would depend on whether you’re interested in purchasing a quick move-in versus a to-be-built home.


With a to-be-built home, you choose the community, homesite, floorplan, and finishes, then we construct the home from the ground up. The investment needed to get started on this process varies from 3-5%. If there are additional options you’d like to add to the home, this may require a bit more of an investment.


Quick move-in homes are already in development and have the home options already picked out. The initial investment for this type of home ranges from 1%-3% depending on the home you select. 


Do I have to get a construction loan?


No! As your new home builder, we take on the responsibility of the construction loan. All you need by the time of the contract is a pre-qualification letter from a lender.


But don’t worry, our team will assist you with any questions throughout the process and we can recommend a fantastic lender to assist you with pre-qualification at the beginning of the process and your mortgage when you’re ready to move in.


If I’m interested in a particular new home or community, what do I do next?


Contact Cori! Cori is our New Home Specialist. She is available whenever you decide to build and will be the start to your new home journey!


Give her a call at 405-358-8615 or email We also offer a convenient chat option on our site!


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