Site Work Construction Steps – Clearing

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There are stages to the construction of your dream home, and it begins with Site Work.  You’ve probably seen the site work line items on your Lockridge price quote; we list each one so costs are not a surprise.  For most people building with Lockridge is their first construction experience; terms might be unfamiliar and folks don’t know what to expect.  We’re going to help de-mystify the steps in building your new home. Let’s get started!

 Site Work  in general this means preparing your property for the construction of your new home.  After contract signing, your Lockridge Building Supervisor will meet you at your land to do a Site Visit.  Your Supervisor will talk to you about where your house is going to be built on the property, discuss septic, well or public utilities, grading, clearing, and access to the site.

 Clearing:    your land might be heavily wooded, or maybe it just has small trees and brush.  Either way, trees, shrubs and other debris must be removed from the areas where your home, septic, well, and driveway will be built.  It’s generally recommended that nothing is left within 25 feet of the actual house site.  As the property owner, you can also decide to have other space cleared for your yard or garden.  Trees in the area to be cleared can be marked with spray paint or with survey ribbon.  The time and cost for clearing will depend on the conditions specific to your property.  If there are lots of 100 year old trees, it will take longer than if the land only has a few saplings and a lot of shrubs or underbrush.  Luckily, your Lockridge building supervisor will let you know what to expect during your site visit.  Lockridge also supervises the debris disposal, so there’s nothing for you to worry about.   

 Check back for our upcoming posts on Site Work and the building process!

Lockridge is a custom home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, customize them, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or call us at 877-852-8453.

Benefits of Building a New Lockridge Home

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For most people there comes a point in life when you have to decide if it’s better to rent or buy your home. We have some simple tips below to help you figure out which option, renting or buying, best fits your specific lifestyle, wants and needs.

Advantages of Owning a New Home

Equity – Every time you make a rent payment, it goes to your landlord. When you buy a new home, every time you make a payment toward your mortgage, you build equity. That means if you ever decide to sell your home, the more money you’ve paid off of your loan, the more money from the sale you get to keep. Also when you rent, you may end up owing money when you decide to leave the rental property if the landlord charges damage or cleaning fees! It’s better to pay yourself rather than your landlord.

Price Stability – Rent costs rise steadily every year by approximately 5%, meaning whatever you pay this year to rent, it will be 25% higher to rent in five years, 50% more in 10 years, and on and on. When you buy a new home, your mortgage payment will stay fairly the same for the entire term of loan. Whether it’s a 15 or 30 year mortgage, you know you’re going to pay the same as you do now – two or more decades down the road. That’s security! The New York Times offers a free calculator that shows estimated payments and interest and how long it will take for buying to cost less than renting.

Aesthetic Control – From the paint colors on the walls to the tile in your bathrooms, renting gives you very little say in how your home looks. You have to live with someone else’s design choices. When you build a new home, you get exactly what you want – and can change it up whenever you want, it’s your home ! Landlords generally expect their property to look exactly the same the day you move out, as the day you moved in – no improvements allowed.

Tax Benefits – There are tax benefits of home ownership! There are deductions for interest or property tax. You can’t deduct rent payments from income tax, only the landlord gets a tax deduction.

These are just some of the advantages of owning a new Lockridge home, not to mention pride of home ownership, putting down roots and having a place to call your own. At Lockridge we let you pick options for any, or as many, of our floor plans as your want. Then you can review a complete line-by-line price quote for the construction of your new home, including site work. We give you an estimated monthly mortgage payment based on 100% financing and the day’s current interest rate. Everything is on-line, for free, with no obligations. Visit our website and explore the dream of owning your own new home!

Lockridge is a custom home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, customize them, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or call us at 877-852-8453.