PROCESS-DRIVEN FROM CONNECT TO CLOSE
At Keystone, our seamless, streamlined process is what makes us different. Because it’s our ultimate mission to make the home buying process as smooth as possible, we hone in on a 13-step process that’s always buyer-focused.
By pacing our work while we build your home and tracking our progress along the way, we can be sure that we’re working efficiently and diligently — without compromising quality.
We make building your dream home our top priority!
STEP 1: WORK WITH ONLINE SALES COUNSELOR
Our Online Sales Counselor, Brittany Thiel, will be available online to provide information, answer questions and help connect you with one of our neighborhood specialists so that you can find your dream home!
STEP 2: NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIALIST
Partnering with a neighborhood specialist is a great benefit for any home buyer. Our neighborhood specialists use their knowledge of our communities and floor-plans to help you find the neighborhood and plan that best suites your wants and needs- all at an affordable price!
STEP 3: GET PREAPPROVED
First, it is NOT required that you get preapproved before looking at our homes, and our agreements are all subject to financing. But there are some benefits to getting preapproved first. If you’re not paying cash, it’s time to line up financing. Our neighborhood specialists can put you in touch with one of the best lenders in the area (from our approved lender list [hyperlink]), so you can enjoy a surprise-free borrowing experience with less earnest money down*. Here, you’ll begin the preapproval process and you can find out the monthly payments for different price ranges.
*See a neighborhood specialist for details.
STEP 4: PICK YOUR HOME
Choose from one of our completed, available homes, or select a home site and floor plan and personalize and build from the ground up. Available homes are move-in ready, and if you select a site and personalize a home, expect around four months from the time you sign an agreement, to closing. Once you’ve decided what is best for your needs, you’re ready to take the next step!
STEP 5: THE AGREEMENT
Once you’re ready to take the home off the market or begin construction on your home, it’s time to sit down with our neighborhood specialist to go over the Keystone purchase agreement. This agreement outlines the specific details of what happens between now and when you close on your new home. If you’re buying a completed home, skip to Step 12!
STEP 6: DESIGN APPOINTMENT
Head over to our Design Studio and meet our Design Studio Manager! At Keystone, we offer a wide variety of unique interior styles. We encourage you to get creative and take full advantage of the option to personalize your home. Here you will have the opportunity to choose your cabinets, countertops, flooring and other features that will help give your home the perfect personal touch!
STEP 7: CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
It’s quiet at first. A little too quiet. You’ve driven by your site several times and nothing has happened. This is because the builder is busy getting permits, planning the grading, foundation layout, getting plans approved, finalizing and communicating plans to all of Keystone’s many trade partners, and scheduling construction. After a few weeks, dirt is moved, and a start package is delivered. Then the physical construction begins.
STEP 8: FOUNDATION
Finally, construction you can see! The slab and footings are dug, plumbing is laid and checked, moisture barrier is put down, and the slab is poured. This step, that happens so quickly, will be the foundation upon which your home is built.
STEP 9: FRAMING, ROUGH-IN, AND DRYWALL
Now that the foundation is in, it’s time to go vertical. Sills and studs, beams and floor and ceiling trusses are all visible while the bones of the home are formed. This happens quickly at first. The roof follows, plumbing, electrical, heating and air, and insulation are added. Construction slows at this point as the complexity increases. Drywall is added. It’s time for finishing.
STEP 10: FINISHING
Here is where your design studio selections begin to shine! Painting, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, landscaping, fixtures, and appliances are all additions in this part of the homebuilding process. But the home isn’t complete until all touch-ups are done.
STEP 11: CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE
The home is built, framed, finished and touched-up— all the boxes are checked! Your Keystone Builder will be in touch with you shortly to schedule your full-home Orientation.
STEP 12: ORIENTATION
Time to get excited about your upcoming move! A week or two prior to closing, you meet your Keystone builder, to be introduced to the home, at your guided orientation. Your builder-guide will show you how to use your home, answer any questions, and introduce you to the warranty program.
STEP 13: CLOSING
The day has arrived to get your keys! Time to move in, plan your housewarming party, and show off your new Keystone home!
From the first day of construction to the final day before move-in, our Keystone team will be in touch with you every step of the way.
We follow our 13-step process to ensure your home is built affordably, efficiently, and with the utmost care — after all, we’re here to build you a place worth calling home.
*While Keystone Homes recommends these steps during the home buying process, these steps do not necessarily need to be completed in the order indicated above. /i>