Aho Construction differs from other home builders in several ways that add up to more value for our customers. From developing the land and planning our communities in-house to employing salaried sales associates versus commissioned agents, Aho Construction focuses on delivering the highest quality homes at sensible prices to our customers. While other builders may upsell their customers on upgrades and add-ons, Aho Construction provides as standard many features that other builders consider upgrades while providing options for additional upgrades should you so desire.
Aho Construction’s efficient planning and building processes mean your home is generally completed within as little as five months from issuance of building permit, with an average build time being six to seven months. Other home builders can take up to a year or more to complete your new home. It’s important to note that Aho Construction will provide buyers with a minimum of 60-days’ notice of the closing date; however, any estimate before that is simply an estimate.
Aho sales associates are salaried and are not incentivized to sell you anything more than what you want and need. Other builders employ commissioned salespeople who get paid more when you buy upgrades and add-ons.
At Aho Construction, we take pride in building high-quality homes at affordable prices. An Aho Construction home’s price will vary based on the floor plan, community, lot size/location, and the design features you select. You may find homes that cost less, but you will not beat the value of an Aho Construction home for the money.
When Aho Construction builds your home, you have a choice of a wide variety of floor plans, elevations, and paint schemes. When it comes to the inside of your home, our wide variety of high-quality design choices as standard that are considered upgrades for most other builders. Still, we offer a range of upgrade options to match every home buyer’s personal tastes and needs. Rather than run around from the design center to multiple showrooms and stores, Aho customers make their design selections in our convenient one-stop design center.
Aho Construction has long-standing relationships with our subcontractors going back 20 and, in some cases, 30 years. Our subcontractors are not the least expensive, but they do high-quality work. Other builders are constantly turning over subcontractors in search of the lowest bid. But as with many things, you get what you pay for.
Yes and No. Once you have chosen a home site and a floor plan, you have many personalization options from which to choose, including elevation, patio cover, paint scheme, and interior design choices such as cabinets, faucets, countertops, etc. However, to build efficiently and keep costs low for all our customers, we cannot support structural changes such as adding a new window or moving a wall, as those would require re-engineering of the entire floor plan.
With many other builders, you are given little or no choice for your home site, while at Aho, you choose from any of the available homesites in the community. Once your lot is selected, Aho Construction gives you a full 30 days before signing a purchase and sale agreement. During that period, you will have time to decide on upgrades and options and finalize your financing.
Yes and No. Aho Construction offers a wide variety of floor plans from which to choose. Not every floor plan is offered in every community, and not every floor plan will fit on every lot. Also, occasionally customers who have chosen adjacent lots will choose the same floor plan, limiting the elevation and paint scheme options for the second customer. This is done to preserve the aesthetics of the neighborhood. By working with your Aho Construction sales associate, you will be able to understand these choices and tradeoffs so that you can have the perfect home built for you and your family.
Aho Construction employs a staff of direct sales and marketing professionals. Therefore we do not list in the MLS, nor do we pay real estate commissions. We feel this offers our customers the best experience and value. As is typical in a “For sale by Owner” transaction, we communicate directly with buyers. As with any contract, buyers are welcome to seek legal advice from their attorney or accountant.
Yes! At Aho Construction, our philosophy is that we do things right the first time around, and we have a team of subcontractors who feel the same way. Should a problem arise with your new home, we stand ready to make things right. The most important advantage of owning an Aho Construction home is our Limited One-Year Warranty that covers all material defects and workmanship, in addition to the manufacturer’s warranties on individual products. We also provide a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. This provides two periods of coverage: the “2” represents two years of coverage for major systems, and the “10” represents 10 years of coverage for all structural defects.
Building a home can take several months, and we understand home buyers are excited to see their home as it moves through the process. Unfortunately, construction sites contain many hidden dangers such as open flooring, exposed wiring, and sharp edges. Homebuyers risk personal injury by entering a home while it is under construction. For that reason, we strongly discourage home buyers from going inside the home while it is being constructed.
Yes! While you are free to seek financing with any vendor you choose, we have established a relationship with Homebridge Financial Services to ensure every homebuyer receives outstanding service. You can learn more about the home lending process and obtain contact information for Homebridge Financial Services lending professionals on our Financing page under the Resources Menu. Please note that even if you are already pre-qualified with another lender, you still must contact and obtain credit approval to purchase an Aho Construction home through Homebridge before construction of your home can begin.
Mortgage lenders look at several factors, including your income, assets, credit score, and debt-to-income ratio. It is best to consult with a mortgage loan specialist such as those at Homebridge Financial Services. They can help you understand the amount of the mortgage you might qualify for and what type of mortgage loan would be best for you and your family. You can find a Homebridge Financial Services professional by visiting our Financing Page under the Resources Menu.
This can be a source of confusion. Most lenders refer to “closing” as when you sign your closing loan papers. The Settlement Agent refers to “closing” when the documents record and the monies are disbursed; hence escrow has “closed.” When Escrow has closed, the home is officially yours.
Keys are available for pick up when we have confirmation of the Deed has been recorded.
In most cases, yes! It is best to send any extra payments with your regularly scheduled payment. Sending them with a regular payment ensures the lender doesn’t mistake it for a partial payment, which is not usually accepted, and returned to the remitter.
Yes! You can set up payments with your own financial institution’s “bill pay” service or contact your lender to have them set it up for you. Often, when you sign your loan documents, there is a form offering this very service.
The answer depends on your particular loan program and how much you borrow. Government-backed loans require an escrow reserve account (taxes and insurance are collected). Other loan programs do not require an escrow reserve account. Your loan officer will explain the different loan programs and reserve options available to you.
As the homeowner, you will always receive the original tax bill. A copy is sent to your lender. Just as you receive a gas or electricity bill each month, you will also receive a monthly mortgage statement.
Yes. Your new agent will contact your lender with the information you’ve provided. Any “new” insurance must be in place before the “old” insurance is canceled.