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" It has always been a pleasure to work with McArthur Homes. We love our home and appreciate the kindness and concern you have always shown us. You are truly honorable people and we congratulate and thank you for your service and help."

-- Dave & Brenda

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What should I bring to the Guided Tour?
To make the most of your Design Studio Guided Tour, bring your Personal Selections Catalog, which you received from your Community Sales Manger. You can also bring anything that will help your Design Consultant to know what styles and finishes you like, such as fabric swatches, photographs, home design magazines or artwork. To ensure that there aren't unnecessary distractions for yourself and other new home owner, please do not bring children under 12.

2. Who can I bring to the Design Studio?
You are welcome to bring anyone you would like to the Design Studio who you think will be helpful in making your selections. It is usually most helpful for you to invite just one or two friends or family members who have similar design taste to what you like. A second opinion can be helpful to you, but too many conflicting opinions can make the process more difficult.

We ask that you not bring children under twelve. The design of the studio into several small "rooms" makes it difficult to properly care for your children. The large and portable displays also pose a potential safety hazard for your children. No one wants a granite counter slab to smash a toe or finger. This will be a distraction to you and hinder your ability to make the many selections ahead of you. If distracted, you will be less sure of the choices you do make, and more concerned throughout the building process. For your peace of mind, and so that the experience is enjoyable, we strongly urge you to find alternative care for your young children.

3. What selections do you offer?
The McArthur Homes Design Studio offers a wide range of available selections including;

GE Appliances
Oak, Maple and Alder Cabinetry by Classic Cabinets
WilsonArt Counters
LG Solid Surface Counters
Granite Countertops
Mohawk Carpet
Mannington Vinyl Flooring
DAL Tile
Natural Wood Flooring
Thomas Lighting in a Variety of Finishes
Electrical Wiring Options
Fireplaces with Many Choices in Mantles and Surrounds
Moen Plumbing Fixtures
Door Hardware in a Variety of Styles and Finishes
Wood and Iron Railings
Exterior and Interior Door Styles
Casing and Baseboard Options
Drywall Texture Finishes
KWAL Paint Choices

Please see our Product Catalog or contact a Design Consultant for a full list of available products.

4. How long will I have to make all of my decisions?
Typically, you will have about 25 days from the time you execute your New Home Sales Agreement until you have your Final Design Selections Meeting. During this time you will first attend a Guided Tour. You will then have unlimited access to the Design Studio during Preview Hours (Tuesday and Wednesday 4-6pm and Saturday 11am-2pm) up until the time of your Final Meeting.

5. What products will be the best investment for future resale of my home?
When building a new home, it is important to think not only about what styles you like, but also what will make a good investment for the future. Typically, the best place to invest in your new home is in cabinets and flooring. This is especially true in the kitchen, which is usually the showpiece of the home. Once you have chosen cabinets and flooring, add finishing touches with complimentary countertops, convenient appliances, stunning plumbing fixtures, lighting, etc.

6. What are the advantages of personalizing my home now vs. making changes myself after I move in?
. The cost of ripping out a product and replacing it later can be more expensive than you plan, not to mention the hassle and stress of making changes to your new home. Wouldn't you rather relax after moving in and enjoy your home just the way you want it?

. By investing in your home now, you can include the costs in your home mortgage. Your mortgage interest rate is usually much lower than other kinds of financing such as credit cards. Also the interest can be tax deductible, check with your tax advisor.

. Even if you plan to replace a product "immediately" it can be months or years before the change actually gets made. Personalize your home the way you want to the first time and you will be much happier when you move in.

. One of new home owner' biggest regrets is that they were afraid of adding a few extra dollars to their monthly mortgage payment and sacrificed something they really wanted.

. McArthur Homes covers our products and workmanship with a One Year Limited Warranty, giving you peace of mind about everything in your new home.

7. Do I need to pay cash for any selections I make now?
Generally, unless you are making a special request, you will not need to pay cash for your design selections. Your total investment amount will be added to the purchase price of your home. At closing, this can be added to your loan or be paid up front as part of your down payment, consult your loan officer for more details. Because the non-refundable construction deposit is based on total purchase price, it will increase slightly as you choose personal selections; however, this deposit is usually only a few percent of the purchase price.

8. How do I know what styles I like or what selections will look good together?
The best place to start is by thinking about your lifestyle needs and what you want from your new home. What do you like about your current home? What would you want to change? What styles or products are you drawn to in other people's homes? Our Lifestyle Quiz will get you started. Next, look around you for examples of what you like and what you don't like. Observe the homes of friends or family, look through magazines or home design books. Take pictures of what you like to the Design Studio and a Design Consultant can assist you in replicating a look or feeling that you are drawn to.

9. How much will my mortgage payment increase?
Typically, with a 6% interest rate, every $1,000 you add to your loan amount will increase your monthly payment by $6. Consult your loan officer for more information.

10. How can I contact a Design Consultant?
You can contact a design consultant by calling 446-8720 ext. 205, or e-mail to . Your Community Sales Manager is also available to help set appointments, and answer questions you may have about your personal selections and the Design Studio.

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