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Your Free Checklist For Finding Builders You Love

 

The process of building a new home can be daunting. It is important that you don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with the process. One of the crucial factors during this process is finding builders that you can trust, know and eventually come to love.

Eliminate any stresses or confusions by creating your own personal questions checklist:

Are they licensed, trade certified and insured?

This is a standard check which should not be neglected. All of the builders on our site are certified. Here, we review all of the builders to guarantee that they have the right certification.

Have you contacted experts in the field?

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Once you’ve identified and mapped out your home, supply us with your details and we can easily connect you to the builders you need, along with industry insider tips and any additional advice you’ll need.

Have you asked to view previous projects?

While not all builders will have readily available display homes for you to see, it may be a good idea to speak with the builder about talking to their past clients and getting their opinion. You should be asking whether or not the builder was easy to work with, how the property looks, and whether all processes were managed professionally and with minimal fuss.

Have you gained an understanding of their workmanship and ethic?

Again, to gain an understanding as to their workmanship and ethic, it is well worth spending time with them and having several discussions about their past works. Consider that there is diversity between larger builders who are able to promote their own brand values and general workmanship, while smaller builders who are away from the spotlight, are quieter on this front.

How long have they been in business?

All our member builders are established and have a solid financial position. It is important to have a great understanding over this, as it could potentially impact production aspects down the line.

What is their average building time?

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Ask how long the construction will take, but also consider asking how long it will take the builder to arrive at the work site and actually commence clearing your block and laying the slab. Factor in that reasonable delays, such as wet weather for instance, are part of the process and are more than expected.

What do they offer in terms of interior decoration and colour advice?

For the most part, builders have an expert team that will help you make your final colour selection, assisting you in making sure your home will turn out exactly the way you want it. It is important to note that if you are building in an estate, you have to choose exterior colours which match that developer guidelines – again, a design team will be assigned to help guide you through this process.

Are you able to make any specific selections/ modifications ?

Some builders, but not all, will allow you to make your home more custom and can offer you a fair sense of freedom. There are costs involved with this, however. It’s simply a matter of balancing costs versus the reward. An effective way to add a personalised touch that is mostly off-the-plan is to put aside some money for a fun lighting plan. There are a tonne of cost effective ways featured here.

How can Carrell Group help

For more custom home building information contact the Carrell Group by phone at 843-399-4299 or email at info@carrellgroup.com

ABOUT CARRELL GROUP:

Carrell Group is the leading Myrtle Beach Custom Home Builder dedicated to residential custom homes and land development. As an custom home builder, Carrell Group helps new home owners identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

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Custom Home experts experience the Carrell Difference!

Custom Home experts experience the Carrell Difference!

The Carrell Group is one of South Carolina’s most successful and respected private homebuilding companies. Since 1989, we have been dedicated to building homes that are a superior blend of architectural design, quality craftsmanship, and attention to detail. As a homeowner, you want to be confident that your new home fulfills your dreams as well as your needs. We constantly challenge ourselves to build the best possible home, with the right features and materials to make sure that each family continues to be satisfied and excited about their new home. In order to accomplish this, we offer a wide selection of home designs, and are able to customize them to reflect your lifestyle and taste, while still remaining affordable. It is a balancing act that requires knowledge, experience, and attention to detail. We believe that this extra effort results in superior new homes with elegant elevations, thoughtfully designed floor plans, quality materials, and excellent craftsmanship.

How to Choose a Custom Home Builder – Down to Brass Tacks!

How to Choose a Custom Home Builder – Down to Brass Tacks!

Choosing a custom home builder can be daunting. In Myrtle Beach, there is no licensing or ‘watchdog agency’ to which consumers can turn if building the home of their dreams turns into a nightmare. This is how the consumer can end up with a situation Unlike your attorney or even your barber, there is no agency to keep a home builder from bad behavior. Just like this news story from the Better Business Bureau about a very well-known custom home builder who left clients with shattered dreams, all too often stories like this emerge. Even more frustrating than the original incident, a home builder can just rename his company and come back again under a new name.  There is no one watching, and therefore, nothing to keep it from happening over and over again. So, how can one determine how to choose a custom home builder?

Within the custom home industry, there are a wide variety of people who call themselves custom home builders. From the “Chuck in a truck” – essentially a person with a truck and a business card – to those who have years of experience, all have the right to call themselves custom home builders according to South Carolina law. Since it’s caveat emptor or ‘buyer beware’, it is crucial to adequately research the company you are considering hiring to build your home. Someone recently asked, “After three decades of building homes in Myrtle Beach, if you were looking for a builder, what questions would you ask them?” These are some of the questions we would definitely ask:

  • How long have you been in business under your current business name?  (You can then verify this answer in the South Carolina Name Filing Database, which is public information.)
  • Have you ever had a court judgement against you, personally, or your company?
  • Have you or any company you were partner in, been sued?
  • Have you ever declared bankruptcy?
  • What is your educational background and what training have you had in the industry?
  • Do you own any spec homes or owe money on lots or land?  If so, how long have they been sitting and what is their status?

If these questions seem invasive, just remember – this is not just a business transaction you are making. It is much, much more. This is the company which will be building one of your most-valued investments, the place which will house the people who matter most to you. The individuals building your home should be dedicated and passionate about their craft and have spent a lifetime learning and improving it. A likable personality is not an adequate benchmark. Knowing that your home builder has financial strength and a sound business means that your builder will be therethroughout the project and for many years afterward.

Unfortunately, many builders are relatively new at running a business, even if they have experience building a home. As such, they have either closed their doors or restructured their businesses because of heavy debt.  Just as in any other industry, a good builder will manage his/her business affairs properly and stay in business for many years. This will ensure the company is invested in being around to take care of your new custom home. What you don’t want is what happened in the recent news story, referenced earlier, where the builder was using cash from new projects to pay for unpaid expenses from other projects. Eventually, that will catch up to any business and cause it to fail.

More Steps to Help You Choose a Custom Home Builder

Here are some additional steps you can take to learn everything there is to know about your builder. These may help distinguish the reputable builder from the one who will finish half your home then disappear in the night, leaving you with a huge mess. None of these, taken alone, will be a guarantee; however, a story may emerge after looking at all of them together.

  • After you narrow it down, call the local municipality and ask for the building inspection department. Ask their opinion about the one or two builders that you are considering. If it is a small municipality, they will know most of the builders in the area and will have inspected their projects.
  • Call a few local vendors (a lumber supplier, for instance) and ask if the builder’s accounts are in good standing. This information will give you one more piece of the puzzle. Some builder’s credit is so bad that they can’t get the materials they need to build homes without getting enough cash together or using credit cards.
  • Do a Public Records Search. Contact an attorney who has access to judgments against anyone you are considering. Ask them to do a public records search. You want to know if the company changed names recently and other important data that might tell the whole story.

In the end, doing your homework can save you huge headaches. When people tell us about their nightmare experiences with past builders, they often say, “I just can’t believe it! He was such a nice guy and seemed so knowledgeable.” Unfortunately, a winsome personality can only take you so far. Following these time-tested techniques should help you choose a custom home builder who builds you a great home and takes care of your home for many years to come.

The Carrell Group is one of South Carolina’s most successful and respected private homebuilding companies. Since 1987, we have been dedicated to building homes that are a superior blend of architectural design, quality craftsmanship, and attention to detail. We constantly challenge ourselves to build the best possible home, with the right features and materials & we are committed to making sure that each family continues to be satisfied with and excited about their new customhome. Contact us today by phone  (843) 399-4299   or email below and learn more about the Carrell Group difference!

MORE ABOUT CARRELL GROUP:

Carrell Group is the leading Myrtle Beach Custom Home Builder dedicated to residential custom homes and land development. As an custom home builder, Carrell Group helps new home owners identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

Top 10 Design Ideas for Your New Kitchen in 2018

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. Homeowners and guests spend a lot of time here, cooking and socializing; and the quality of that time can be greatly impacted by how the kitchen is designed. Poor functionality leads to inefficiency and, ultimately, frustration and dissatisfaction with the kitchen and the home. Kitchens are constantly innovating both in style and function. Here are the top 10 design ideas for your new kitchen in 2018 to consider when designing a new kitchen.

Extra Refrigeration

Consider “point of use refrigeration” in addition to your main refrigerator. Your first thought might be a beverage cooler, which is a great start, but also think about installing one for produce or meat right beside your prep station.

Get Serious About Storage 

Think beyond the deep drawers and extra cabinets: you want well-designed storage solutions with appropriate spaces for small appliances, food items, and more. When there’s truly a place for everything, it’s easier to stay organized.

Concealed Appliances

Induction stoves, refrigerators that look like cabinets, and microwave drawers (as shown below) create a sleek, cohesive look for your kitchen, especially if it’s an open concept that blends into your living room.

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Top 10 Design Ideas for Your New Kitchen in 2018

Microwave Drawer

In a brilliant combination move, you can conceal a walk-in pantry behind regular cabinet doors: you maintain your sleek design and take advantage of optimum storage at the same time.

High Tech

Bluetooth-connected appliances allow for smoother multi-tasking. Automatic faucets make it easy to wash produce and dishes, and you’ll probably save water while you do it. Don’t forget to include energy-efficient washers, dryers, washing machines, and more.

Composite Countertops

Looking for a unique, eco-friendly option for countertops?

“Formed from materials such as fly ash or recycled paper, composite countertops inhibit the growth of bacteria and resist stains, scratches and heat. Most are free of VOCs, emit no radon gasses, and are considered food safe.”

You might need to seal the countertop, but that’s necessary for certain stone countertops, as well.

Go Gray in the Kitchen

Though white is still a great option for kitchen cabinets, it’s slightly darker cousin is getting a lot of attention lately, too. HGTV is calling gray the new white. A fun way to incorporate it is to go grey on the island or just the base cabinets in the kitchen. If gray isn’t your thing, shades of blue also make a nice contrast with lighter-tone cabinets. Even the wood flooring can bring in shades of gray if desired.

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Go Bold

Bold, look-at-me hardware is fun, and the trend extends to lighting fixtures. Your kitchen hardware can draw attention because of size, shape, color, or “bling” (like these at right); so get creative when choosing knobs and handles.

Best Kitchen Design Ideas Hardware“Big, bold and in long widths, this new, chunky look demands attention as an important design element in the kitchen. Warm finishes in brass, copper, bronzes continue to be strong, but black and polished or satin silvers such as nickel work just as well in these bigger, more modern designs.”

Multi-Purpose Sink

You know the sink has to be big, but there are options beyond size to consider. Draining grates and cutting boards that fit into a groove to slide without slipping are easily removed for washing, but they allow you to transform your sink into a full work station with less mess. When you go really big, you can install two faucets and make space for two people to work at once, perfect for hosting large dinner parties or family meals where everyone shares in the prep work.

Hardwood Floors

In the kitchen? Hear us out. This allows for a seamless kitchen-to-living-space look in an open concept, and hardwood floors are tough. Choosing a hardwood like oak or maple will help it last and last, despite the high volume of traffic in the area. Plus, “Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished 10 to 12 times during it’s typical 100-year lifespan.”

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Wood Floors

If you’re concerned about the upkeep, go with wood-patterned tile: it’s easy to clean and care for, and these look-alikes are getting so good you’ll hardly notice it’s not real wood.

Polished Concrete

Great for floors or counters, polished concrete offers a wide range of colors and patterns. It’s long-lasting and resilient, perfect for your high-traffic kitchen. It does have to be sealed, as it is more porous than tile. However, it will stand up really well to pets, people, and parties.

Whatever you envision for your home, we can help. You can view our recent projects page by clicking HERE

Carrell Group, custom home builders in Myrtle Beach SC will help you create and build the custom home of your dreams. As a trusted Myrtle Beach custom home builder for more than 31 years we believe that the customers experience is paramount and we strive to provide an unparalleled product that exceeds expectations.

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Why Choose Carrell Group to Build on Your Custom Home in Myrtle Beach?

 

From site selection to design, Carrell Group has the resources and experience to give you exactly what you are looking for when building your dream home in Myrtle Beach. To date, Carrell Group has built thousands of custom homes throught  Myrtle Beach & all of Horry County, South Carolina as well as Georgetown and Brunswick county. In the coastal carolina area the Carrell Group’s portfolio includes thousands of custom “on your lot” homes ranging from Estates on the the Intracoastal waterway to one-of-a-kind homes in private communities and rural areas. Carrell Group has built its reputation one home at a time…

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Recognized Excellence: Over the past 31 years the Carrell Group has won hundred’s of Award’s for excellence in custom home building & custom home design.
Convenience: In-house home design team at less cost than most architectural firms
Customization: Ability to blend or customize Carrell Group’s pre-designed plans
Value: Volume purchasing power of one of the largest custom home builders in the carolina’s
Peace of Mind: Financial stability from a well established, 31 year old Myrtle Beach company
Cutting Edge Quality: Cerified Fortified home builder, High tech, energy efficient construction validated
Personal Service: Complimentary consultation to discuss design, budget, lot fit, site cost with an estimate
Record of Success: We will furnish you with a list of satisfied customers on request or view or click here to view our  happy home owners page 

New construction or home renovation, Carrell Group creates custom homes that fit today’s lifestyle. Our detail-driven professionals and skilled artisans make up a team that consistently designs, builds, and renovates South Carolina’s most sought-after homes.

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Designed Around Your Life

Do you love your neighborhood, but need an upgrade on your home? Our dedicated team will work with you from start to finish, providing the expertise and experience to bring your dream home to life.

Are you ready to make a move? Our new homes are designed and built with luxury in every detail. With living spaces that work, spacious retreats, and all ideally suited for today’s home owner. We cherish the vitality and character of our unique areas. Our distinctive custom home designs give you the home you’ve always wanted while preserving the individual personality, integrity, and charm of the neighborhood you value.

Our homes reflect the Myrtle Beach you love. What can we do for you?

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How can I get a home loan?

 

When applying for a home loan, one of the most pressing questions you’ll have is ‘how much can I borrow’? Once you have applied for a home loan, the banks and lenders will assess your circumstances against a number of criteria to determine the answer to this question.

While each bank or lender may be different, many will consider similar factors and information that will be used in determining the final figure that you can borrow. Here we take a look at some of these deciding factors, how you can prepare for them, and also what could influence banks or lenders.

Size of your deposit

It’s a given that having a good amount of money behind you is vital if you wish to borrow a large amount. Put simply, the bigger the deposit, the more you stand to receive.

If you are prepared to make a reasonably sized deposit, it is well implied that you have a healthy income coming in. Bear in mind that even if you do have an especially high income and a good credit score, you may be limited if you do not have a reasonable deposit in place.

Employment Status and Income

Your employment status can also play a crucial role in determining how much you may be able to borrow. From a bank’s perspective, an individual who is self-employed, for example, may be perceived to carry more risk as sick days and time off must be accounted for.  Shift workers are also assessed differently by banks and lenders as overtime can be a factor in determining the income of an individual.

Whilst it isn’t necessarily about how much you earn, your employment status may determine how much you can borrow, meaning a steady income is often more favourable.

Type of Loan

The amount you can borrow will also depend on the interest rate and term of your home loan. Put simply, the lower the interest rate, the lower your repayments will be. If you have a longer-term loan, this will mean lower repayments. However, a shorter-term loan may see you saving on interest.

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Your Living Expenses

The banks or lenders will also factor in your living expenses and the costs that go into maintaining your lifestyle. The reason they will look into this, is to find out whether you can still maintain it after making your repayments.

If you have applied for a hefty home loan amount, you may need to make slight adjustments to your lifestyle in order to meet your financial commitment.

Meeting these Factors

If you can prove that you are truly reliable, someone who can meet financial obligations within a time frame, you will be well on your way to borrowing a high amount. The biggest downfall you could likely face is if late payments are mentioned in your credit history. This will very likely work strongly against your case.

If you believe you’re worthy of a substantial home loan, but want more information regarding the banks or lenders’ decision-making process, then be sure to contact our industry experts on 843-399-4299. You can also book a call online.

 

About Carrell Group:

Carrell Group is the leading Myrtle Beach Custom Home Builder dedicated to residential custom homes and land development. As an custom home builder, Carrell Group helps new home owners identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

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