Colorado Springs Parade of Homes

colorado springs parade of homesIt’s that time of year when the Pikes Peak region’s 62nd Colorado Springs Parade of Homes is open, allowing the public to explore the beautiful homes of the area. Nelson Construction of Denver notes the home tours are available through August 21st, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Colorado Springs Parade of Homes is presented by the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs and co-sponsored by several area businesses. It features 27 homes by 24 builders in El Paso and Teller counties. Homes range in price from $99,000 to more than $1.5 million.

One home you won’t want to miss is a three-level Black Forest mansion. The builder calls it a cottage, but this 10,000-square foot home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a racquetball court, a sunken entertainment room, and even a barber shop, which wouldn’t be complete without a red, white and blue barber pole. You’ve got to see it to believe it, and that’s just what the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes hopes you will do.

The home tour not only has large homes, but it also has beautiful smaller homes like the one-bedroom home located on the grounds of the Air Force Academy. The home and lot sell for $99,900. Think of this, with the home’s 256 square feet; almost 40 of those homes could fit inside the 10,000-square-foot mansion in the Black Forest.

But those two homes aren’t all; there are 25 more amazing homes with differing sizes, floor plans, locations, and designs. People can tour them all and check out the latest construction trends, styles and options of the homes, and the furnishings, appliances, and interior designs as well.

In the Gazette, Tim Seibert, board president of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, had this to say, “From large custom homes at 10,000 square feet, to the tiny homes that are on the Air Force Academy as another option, they kind of showcase the wide variety of housing options that are available, and for people to compare and contrast what different builders have to offer.”

The tour of homes also brings people into the different neighborhoods, exposing them to new areas, including The Farm on the Springs’ north side and Forest Lakes, north of the Air Force Academy.

Nelson Construction in Denver says for people in the market for a home, the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes allows them to see the homes in person, not on paper or a tv show. They can experience the look and fell of different home options, and get an idea of what styles and construction are right for them.

How Do I Find a Custom Home Builder in Denver?

custom home builder denverYou want a new home, but the first question you ask yourself is how do I find a custom home builder in Denver? Nelson and Sons Construction in Denver knows you will be working with the builder for quite awhile, on one of the most important investments you can make, so you want to make sure you get the right one for you.

Here are some steps you can take to find a quality, trusted builder who fits your needs to build your new home.

According to the New Home Source website, there are several steps you can take that will lead you to the right custom home builder.

Step 1: Decide what your needs are.
What type, size, and price range of home are you wanting? Many builders build a wide range of homes, but usually, builders will specialize in a type of home, style, and price range. Some builders construct for first-time buyers; others do high-end homes only. There can be a big difference between building materials and building process for each type of home. Make sure your builder can fit your needs.

Step 2: Take a look at the experience of the builder.
Experience in the building industry, knowing code and construction knowledge goes a long way. Every home building firm (including the most experienced and well-regarded companies today) once built their first home. Look for a construction company that has been around for awhile or comes with credentials or strong recommendations.

Step 3: Ask for references.
Take a look at whether or not past home buyers were satisfied with the builders to work and work ethic. Many builders offer customer referrals. Follow up and ask your list of prepared questions about their experience with the builder and their house.

Step 4. Find out of the builder is licensed.
It is important for your custom home builder to be licensed and insured if that is required by their state or locality. Make sure they carry insurance.

Step 5. See if the builder builds your type of home.
Your builder should have expertise in building the type of home you have chosen. Many builders have experience in a variety of design styles but make sure they have some examples of your style of home.

Step 6: Look at the builder’s warranty and quality of service.
Warranty and service are important to consider as you make your home builder choice. One of the great things about having a new home is that the home and all the products, systems, and components are under warranty. You should look for a structural warranty of ten years or longer on the home, and it’s best if it is transferable to a new owner if you should have to sell. Your builder should take your concerns seriously and always give prompt and courteous service.

Step 7. Search out the resale value of other homes from this builder.
See if the past homes decreased or increased value. You want a home that can at least maintain its value over time. If a realtor mentions the name of the builder in its sales ad, that is a sign the builder has a good reputation.

Step 8. Check to see if the builder is involved in the industry.
It is helpful if the builder is a member of the local Home Builder’s Association or other membership organizations. This is not a show stopper, but membership in these types of organizations shows their long-term commitment to the industry and the local area.

Step 9: Take a tour of the builder’s homes.
By touring model homes or custom homes built by the builder, you can get a first-hand look at the quality of work and talk to people who have to be through the building process with them. Take a look at the workmanship, practices, and materials to see if it’s up to your standards. As you tour the homes, pay careful attention to the feel, look, and quality of the home. Check out the quality of the construction and the attention to detail. Also, consider the quality of employees who work for the builder.

Nelson and Sons Construction in Denver suggests if you carefully consider the issues discussed, you will have a better chance of finding the right custom home builder for you and your unique needs.