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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few things you may be wondering about...

How do we get started?

Contact me and we can set up a meeting at my office or your home.

How long does it take to build a house ?

It depends on the size and features that go into a house, It's usually between five and seven months. The larger the house the longer it will take.

How long do you warranty your work for?

New homes are covered by the builder for two years and an additional five years for the structure with Atlantic Home Warranty with an option to extend it for ten in total.

Renovations are covered for two years or longer for some of the manufacturers' warranties.

For homes and renovations we answer call-backs beyond the warranty period.

Is someone on site every day?

It depends on the stage of the project but for most days, yes. This would be factored into the closing date of the project.

What is the payment schedule?

For new homes it is a deposit, usually $20k at the contract signing which is secured through a Deposit Receipt with Atlantic Home Warranty. Then a 30% mortgage draw at the roof tight stage and another 30% when the drywall is installed. The balance with any extras or credits at the closing.

Renovations can follow a similar schedule if they are large such as additions. Smaller renovations can be paid upon completion. I am flexible to your needs with most situations.

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What changes in costs can we expect from the quoted price?

For new homes it can be unforeseen excavation costs related to rock breaking or soft soil conditions that are not suitable for bearing of a foundation footing. This will be addressed in the contract. Sometimes a preliminary excavation of part of the site can reveal conditions not visible from the surface.

For renovations it could be anything that might be hidden from a preliminary site visit such as rot in framing or improper wiring or plumbing.

Do you start a build or addition in the winter months?

Yes , we just have to take extra precautions to protect the ground and foundation from frost and freezing.

What happens if we cannot agree on a solution to a problem?

If this happens we can appoint an arbitraytor from Atlantic Home Warranty.

Is it normal for concrete slabs to crack?

Yes it often happens. Usually it is a small shrinkage crack that does not affect the slab's integrity. However, if it is a situation where the slab is settling excessively due to poor bearing conditions, a repair may be required.

Do nail pops and cracking always happen in drywall after new construction?

Not always. Lumber shrinks and sometimes bends so nails can be pushed out slightly and joints can crack. Our policy is to return within a year after the drying out and touch up the areas.The owner is then responsible for the paint touch ups since there are usually other areas that would require painting at that time as well.

Can we make changes to the plan after construction begins?

Certainly. We understand that the wishes of our clients can change as the project moves along.

Do you always finish your projects on the closing date?

Not always. Delays can arise from changes to the scope of work added by the client or weather conditions can delay exterior work. I always allow some extra time for those things and you will be updated as the project progresses and the closing date approaches.

A Morash-built home is built to last.
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