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Q. How long does it take to build a Heritage Home?
The average process, from ordering
your new home to moving in, is usually between three to four months.
After your blueprint is finalized, your home will go on our
production schedule and will typically start in our facility six to
eight weeks later. Then, depending on the design of your home, it
will take about two weeks on the production line to build the home.
It usually takes another week for the home to be delivered to the
site and approximately 3-4 weeks for your Heritage Builder to finish
the site work and connect all the utilities.
Q. Are quality materials used in the construction?
A. Yes - As a matter a fact,
the quality of raw materials used in modular construction is
superior to site built construction. This is due to the fact that
all of the materials have to be straight in order to fit in exacting
tables and jigs to insure square and accurate construction. Our
construction takes place indoors - out of the elements where the
home is protected during the construction process. Heritage
typically uses 20% – 30% more material in the framing of our homes
to insure not only the structural integrity, but also a safe and
secure trip to your building site.
Heritage uses only kiln dried #2
Grade or better lumber to frame your home. Heritage manufactures the
roof trusses for each home in our truss plant at our facility in
Wayne, NE. We use only the best 2X4 and 2X6 lumber in the
construction of our roof trusses. This increases the live load
rating of our roofs to greatly surpass the national code
Here are some of the quality
products that may be used in the construction of your new Heritage
Home: Moen Faucets,
Bruce Hardwood Floors,
Armstrong Vinyl Flooring,
Brand Whirlpool Tubs,
CertainTeed 30 Year Shingles,
Series Windows or
Certainteed Vinyl Siding, and more…
All of the products that we use to
construct your home are screened for durability, quality and product
warranty. In addition, our “volume buying power” allow us to
purchase high quality materials while passing on the cost savings to
Q. What type of trim and cabinets are used?
Heritage uses solid oak trim as
standard, and also builds and stains your custom oak cabinets right
in our factory! Our state of the art cabinet and finishing system
gives you a true custom built cabinet with the features you desire.
Oak is our standard cabinet, but upgraded wood species such as
knotty pine, hickory, rustic hickory; maple, and cherry are also
Q. What is the insulation R-Value of a Heritage Home?
A. Heritage has a standard
R-20 wall insulation value. Heritage standard attic value is R-40.
You may choose to Super Insulate your new home by increasing the
walls to R-25 and the attic to R-50.
Q. Do these homes cost less than a conventional site built home?
Each region is different, but for
the most, Heritage Homes can provide you with more home for your
investment dollar than a conventional site built home. It has been
our experience that most clients aren’t necessarily looking for the
lowest price, but instead the best cost or overall value. What is
the difference you ask? Price is a one-time event. Costs go on for
the entire life of the product. In other words, a Heritage Home will
COST you less to own throughout the years of ownership through
benefits like increased energy efficiency of windows, no maintenance
vinyl windows and siding, and better quality products and materials.
Over two decades ago, when Heritage
Homes started in business, we made the decision that we would strive
to offer a top quality home at a reasonable investment. We felt that
it was better to explain the price one time than to apologize for
poor quality for the life of the home.
Q. How much per square foot are your homes?
Pricing houses by the square foot
is like pricing cars by the pound. It is not a good measurement of
“what you get,” and usually is not a guarantee of anything. Because
we are a custom homebuilder and serve a wide geographical region, we
do not price our houses by the square foot. Your cost per square
foot will vary largely based on three factors:
1. 1. The total
square footage (larger homes = lower cost per square foot) and the
features you design into your home.
The style of home – Each style of home, from ranch to two
story, loft, Cape Cod, prow, split entry will vary.
The amount of custom features you design in your home. Because you
are the designer, you control the costs. Your Heritage Builder will
help you design a home that will fit your needs, desires and
budgets. More importantly they will give you a GUARANTEED FIRM
Q. Will Heritage Homes sell direct to me?
A. NO - The cost is the same
whether through an authorized distributor or direct. What is not, is
the SERVICE and extra special attention you receive from your
distributor during this critical time. Those who advertise “buy
factory direct and SAVE” only tell you part the story. What they
fail to mention is that they simply keep the profits, most used for
service to run expensive 'buy direct' ad campaigns. Heritage
Builder/Distributors receive hours of professional training on
everything from design techniques, to how to handle service after
the sale. Their main mission is to custom build a home for your
family, while making the experience enjoyable.
Q. Can I use my own plan or do I have to select one from Heritage?
YES - Whether you use our plan or
yours, you can be the designer.
Through a design consultation with your area Heritage Distributor,
most clients are able to design that “perfect plan” that fits their
Q. Who should I contact about financing?
Heritage Homes are financed through
the conventional home mortgage process. Whether you use a local bank
that you are already doing business with, or choose a specialized
mortgage firm or broker, the choice is up to you. Your authorized
Heritage Builder/Distributor might also be able to suggest mortgage
firms in your area.
Q. What is the Disaster Relief Program?
A. It is the policy of
Heritage Homes of Nebraska, Inc. to give scheduling priority to
those individual homeowners who have been affected by natural
disasters (flood, fire, tornado, etc.). In order to help assist and
provide disaster relief to the affected, we will expedite home
orders in two ways:
Processing: We will expedite
all processing of blueprints and orders to accommodate faster
Home Scheduling: Once the
order is finalized, buildable, with all completed details, deposits,
and proof of financing it will be scheduled for construction in the
next available time slot beyond the 5 week backlog mark.
Heritage Homes still builds each house individually and always
maintains a minimum of a 5 week backlog to allow adequate time to
order specific components (windows, doors, roof trusses and
cabinets). Ultra custom homes requiring special order components or
state architectural stamps may require longer lead times.