Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need a construction loan?
One-time construction loans are a great option for those needing financing for a custom build. Getting pre-qualified for a construction loan is a great first step. We have partnered with local financial institutions that can provide you a product to fit your needs.
What do I need to know before I buy land to build a home?
We highly recommend utilizing the services of a licensed realtor in your search for the right lot. They can help you determine the suitability of the property and answer key questions that can affect the cost of your build. Are there utilities available (water, sewer, gas, electric, internet)? Is there approved road access? Is there a building permit available? What are the potential property taxes? Location is a key element in your new home project.
Do you provide a home warranty?
Yes, we provide a 1 year finish warranty.
How much does it cost?
There are hundreds of variables at play affecting cost when designing and building a new home. Because of this, we don't have a set price per square foot that we charge. We work closely with you from the start to determine how to get the most out of your budget. Waltman Homes can provide an estimated price range once a floor plan is selected and general finish level is determined.
What size homes?
While we don't necessarily have a square footage minimum or maximum, most of our homes range between 2500 and 7000 square feet.
Do I need to hire a designer?
Waltman Homes provides the guidance and consultation of an experienced interior designer to help you make all your design choices from start to finish.
What is a typical construction timeline?
Waltman Homes works to build your home as efficiently as possible without sacrificing quality. From the time we pour the foundation, barring weather or trade delays, we estimate a 6-7 month actual construction time. This can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project.
Do I need homeowner’s insurance during construction?
No, Waltman Homes provides a Builder’s Risk insurance policy to protect your home while under construction.
Can I build during winter?
Though construction in some parts of the country grinds to a halt in the winter months, that’s not the case here in Idaho. We’re used to the rain & snow, and we’re used to building in it, so we build year-round. (With minor exceptions for dumping snow or torrential downpours that may cause minor delays.)
Can I visit my home while its under construction?
Yes, you can visit your new home during construction. We do regular visits with you throughout the home building process. We do ask you try to visit after hours to help prevent any disruptions to work during regular hours.
What about basements?
When comparing the cost of a basement level to a second-story level basements are more expensive in the Treasure Valley. Our winter weather is relatively mild which reduces the foundation depth requirements in comparison to Eastern Idaho & Utah. That means we need to dig much deeper and pour more concrete for a basement comparatively. However, other factors can contribute to the suitability of a basement, including sloped lots. We would love to discuss which options will work best for you.
Should I bring my own plans ready to build or design with you?
Waltman Homes is a design-build firm. We believe when one entity has sole responsibility from start to finish your project benefits from increased communication, faster problem-solving, construction friendly design, retained information that solidifies expectations, higher responsibility that elevates standards and higher overall project-owner satisfaction.
How do we communicate during construction?
Our project managers understand the importance of consistent communication. We have implemented an online software tool that will allow you to communicate with our entire team throughout the project. Project information can be accessed via our computer or phone anytime. You will also have scheduled meetings with your project manager at your home during construction to maintain your vision throughout the project.