Buying a new home? Here are 6 things you must do and questions you MUST ask!

If you’ve never built a new home and are unfamiliar with how a home builder operates, then chances are, you will have questions. The below list provides the most frequently asked questions, accompanied by a short answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1. Check out the builder:

Many home builders have been in the business for years and produce a quality product. However, a few do not. Check review sites, provincial licensing boards and the local court records to see whether the builder you’re considering has run into any trouble, including lawsuits, complaints with licensing agencies and disciplinary actions. This is also a good time to talk to previous customers.

Sunlight Heritage Homes has been in business for over 30 years and has built thousands of family homes in South Western Ontario and beyond.
Qualified. Trusted. Reliable. More than just words when it comes to selecting the right company to build your next home. In a fast-paced world of mass production and unprofessional workmanship, we realize that homebuyers still believe in both quality and value. As a family run business, we fully understand that the quality of our workmanship is the cornerstone of our reputation, and we embrace the many challenges and opportunities that will lend to our legacy.
Check out our testimonials here: What our clients have to say!

2. Research the community:

There’s no harm in visiting the community you’re interested in building your new home. Get a sense and feel for what’s around, amenities, schools, depending at what stage you are in life, is too close to shopping centres? or perhaps too far?  Before you buy, find out as much as you can both about the area and the subdivision itself. Visit at different times of the day and talk to residents about what they do and don’t like.

Our agents can be a great resource when researching the area and our amenity maps listed on Sunlight Heritage Homes and available to you at our sites. They can be fantastic guides for everything you’re looking for; from schools, shopping, dining, to recreation have all been carefully researched and added to our maps for your convenience.

3. Ask about warranties:

Most builders offer warranties on materials and workmanship. Make sure you understand what is and isn’t covered and what process you need to follow to get something fixed. All home builders in Ontario must be registered with TARION. Tarion’s primary purpose is to protect consumers of new homes by ensuring that builders abide by the provincial legislation. Tarion serves new home buyers and new homeowners by ensuring that one of their life’s biggest investments is protected. Almost every new home in the province is covered by a new home warranty.  This warranty protection is provided by Ontario’s builders and lasts up to seven years. To see if your builder is registered, do a search in the Ontario Builder Directory.

Sunlight Heritage Homes is a Tarion registered builder.

4. Do you provide assistance for selecting the home’s finishes?

Building a new home involves a lot of decisions, especially when it comes to selecting items like cabinets, counters, light/plumbing fixtures, paint colors, etc. For many people, it can be overwhelming. An experienced designer can walk you through the process. Make sure you’re not on your own and the builder has someone to guide you through the selection process.

Sunlight Heritage Homes are designed to fit your lifestyle. And our professional design consultants are here to help you turn your home into a perfect reflection of who you are and how you want to live.

We give you all the options. The possibilities are endless when you design your home with Sunlight Heritage Homes. From hardwoods and tile flooring to an almost endless array of countertops in granite, solid surface and quartz; from the best names and newest looks in fixtures, faucets, and finishes to the hottest trends in lights, cabinetry, and colors, we’ll help you pull your ideas together into a home that’s uniquely yours, just the way you dreamed it.

Our design center was created with you in mind. When you first arrive, you are not overwhelmed with products on top of each other. Each area has been designed to allow you to walk freely with a view of the entire area. From a fully functional designer kitchen to a luxury washroom display you will feel as if you’re at home. Let Sunlight Homes be part of your dream and help you create that home you have always wanted.

5. What standard features are included?

Every home builder includes a set of standard features in each home built while offering extras that cost more. Much like buying a car, you want to find out what is standard and what is extra. What is included and what isn’t is one of the most important questions to ask when buying a new home. The builder should have a detailed “specifications” sheet that details everything that comes standard with your new home.

Sunlight Heritage Homes come equipped with Standard finishes and
the following Main Features:

  • ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES
  • 7-YEAR INSURED STRUCTURAL WARRANTY
  • FULL BASEMENT
  • HIGH POURED WALLS
  • HEAVY DUTY 2X6 PREMIUM EXTERIOR WALL’S
  • PEX WATER SYSTEM
  • R-22WALL & R-60 CEILING INSULATION
  • HRV SYSTEM

Standard finishes can be obtained by visiting one of our sites or online.

6. How do you communicate and provide service during the design, build and warranty?

Lack of communication is one of the most common complaints from homeowners about their builder. So how do you avoid it? This is another area where your conversations with past customers will reveal the real story. You’ll want to know if the builder responds to your requests promptly and how accessible they are. Do they communicate in a way that works for you? Given the prevalence of technology in our communications with email, texts and internet access, find out how your builder uses technology to improve communication with you.

At Sunlight Heritage Homes we pride ourselves how quickly and effectively we communicate with homeowners and we’ve made even easier with technology.
Sunlight Heritage Homes is proud to announce the “Homeowners Communication Portal”
Exclusive to Sunlight Heritage Homes: Homeowners have access to documents, and data they need, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Stay up to date with the progress of your home with Sunlight Heritage Home’ “My Story”. Access photos and progress of your custom build from beginning to end. Sunlight Heritage Home “Homeowners Communication Portal” is also mobile friendly.

Let’s Talk

We’d love to have the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. You can get in touch with us by simply giving us a call at (519) 653-5036 or drop us a line at info@sunlighthomes.ca

Hot Products Used in New Home Construction

There is no doubt whatsoever that everybody wants their house to be physically appealing, and to have that house on the street that everybody envies. There are many hot new products being used in new home construction, some of which are being incorporated into our properties here at Sunlight Heritage Homes.

Firstly, geometric patterns and designs for flooring are currently in the spotlight. They give your space a newly needed edge and design without the unwanted appearance of a cluttered space. They can transform a simple room into something stunning so they are definitely something you should consider if you are looking to update your living spaces. These types of flooring are very popular in bathrooms, however they can be incorporated into living rooms and bedrooms using hardwood, as seen below.

It is no secret that high ceilings, large windows, and open layouts are the key to modern living; a look which a majority of people are striving to achieve. With the continuous flow of light emerging from those gorgeous tall windows, the room is struck with soft sunlight, giving the home an ethereal glow.

Also, to take a step further, installing solar paneling windows would be an excellent idea in order to take advantage of all that incoming sunshine. By doing this, you are saving money by harnessing the power of the sun to your own advantage which you could then use towards lighting and heating as well!

Additionally, speaking of light, unique lighting fixtures are also a must. They add charm to your room and serve as an excellent focal point as well.

Next, a great way to spice up your living spaces is to add a bit of bold coloring. Whether it is the wall color or wallpaper, or some bold furnishings, they will add to your room and help curate a color scheme, this way, you can make any plain room into something fun and exciting.

This one is a personal favorite because of how effective it is; heated floors. This is an excellent feature to incorporate into bathrooms because nothing is worse than stepping out of the shower to be to be greeted by arctic temperature tiles meeting the soles of your feet, and I guarantee that once you are accustomed to heated floors, you will wonder where they have been your entire life.

Those are just a handful of the hot products used in decor and new home construction today!

Let us know if you have incorporated any of these into your living spaces, we would love to hear about it!

How To Get Your Furniture Arranged The Right Way.

 Furniture Arranging

So you have bought your brand new home and you don’t know where to start when it comes to filling it up with furniture.  Knowing the basic layout rules can be a huge help, and get you a fun a polished look to every room.  I’ve taken some of the basic rules of furniture arranging and parted them into 10 simple tips. These will absolutely help you figure out where to put things, where not to put things and how to assist you with the choices you will be making.

Tip #1

Planning
First things first, before moving any actual furniture you need to have a plan in place.  Test your design on paper to make sure everything is included and in order.  Measure the room’s dimensions, noting the location of windows, doors, heat registers and electrical outlets, then draw up a floor plan on graph paper using cutouts to represent the furnishings. Or, better yet, use a free online room planner, they have everything these days.  Learn to draw the space and test various furniture configurations. It’s less work and a lot more fun.

Tip#2

Function

You need to think about how many people will be using this space and how the room will be used.  That will ultimately lead you towards what type of furnishings you’ll need and the amount of seating required.

Contemporary Living Room by Las Vegas Architects & Designers DANIELLA VILLAMIL INTERIORS

Tip #3

Focal Point

Knowing what your focal point is, is a very important aspect when furnishing a space.  It can be anything from a fireplace, view, television etc.  You would then organize the furniture accordingly.  If you plan to use this room to watch TV the ideal distance between the set and the seating is three times the size of the screen (measured diagonally). Therefore, if you’ve got a 40-inch television, your chair should be 120 inches away.

Transitional Living Room by Chicago Photographers Marcel Page Photography

Tip #4

Priority

Place the largest pieces of furniture first, like the sofa in the living room or a bed in the bedroom. Usually these pieces should be facing the focal point in the room. Chairs should be no more than 8 feet apart to keep it close in proximity for conversation. Unless your room is a little smaller, try to avoid pushing all the furniture against the walls.  About a 6″ gap between the walls and furniture will give the illusion that the space is larger due to the shadow it creates.

Tip #5
Symmetry
We all have learned about symmetry at one point in our lives.  This is a very useful tip when it comes to styling your home.  Symmetrical arrangements work best for formal rooms, this is when you can split a room in half and each side is exactly the same. Asymmetrical arrangements make a room feel more casual.  Keep in mind that the pieces you do use fill the same amount of visual weight.  If this is off your room will look off as well.
Tip #6
Traffic
This is when Function ties into the space as well.  You need to think about the traffic flow through the room, the pathways into the room.  Don’t block that path with any large pieces of furniture if you can avoid it. Allow 30 to 48 inches of width for major traffic areas and a minimum of 24 inches of width for minor ones. A maximum seating area is 12 ‘ x 12’.  So be sure to consider anything bigger you would need to split up and create a different seating area.
Tip #7
Variety
You want to vary in the size furniture pieces you use throughout the room.  Doing this allows your eyes move up and down as you scan the space.  Balance a larger or taller item by placing another piece of similar height across the room from it (or use art to replicate the scale or visual weight).  Try to avoid putting two of the similar size objects next to each other.  This can look bland and un lively.
Tip#8
Contrast
This is all about mixing different shapes of furniture.  Combining straight and curved lines to help create contrast. If the furniture is modern and more linear, throw in a round table for contrast. If the furniture is curvy, mix in an angular or straight edged piece. Also consider pairing solids with voids.  For example combine a leggy chair with a solid side table, or a solid chair with a leggy table.
Tip #9
Easy Use
When placing your furniture in a room you should definitely keep in mind the proximities.  By Placing a table within easy reach of every  seat, being sure to combine pieces of similar scale, and make sure every reading chair has an accompanying lamp. Coffee tables should be located 14 to 18 inches from a sofa to provide sufficient legroom.  This also takes your guests comfort into consideration, imagine having a glass of wine and not having a place in easy reach to place it down for a minute.
Tip #10
Circulation.
So far I have only been discussing seating areas in living rooms and family rooms, bedrooms. However a dining room is just as important In a home.  Make sure there’s at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. If traffic doesn’t pass behind the chairs on one side of the table, 36 inches should be enough. In bedrooms allow at least 24 inches between the side of the bed and a wall, and at least 36 inches between the bed and a swinging door.
With all of these Tips I am sure that filling up your home will be a lot less stressful and a lot more fun.  This wont make you a designer over night but it will most defiantly help you and make decorating more fun rather than work!
Lilly Cordeiro

 

Meet Our Team

In Office Staff

Wilson Ribeiro

185765_10150097690921531_721607_n Wilson Ribeiro is the Owner of Sunlight Homes, he has been in the business for 19 years. His father started the company over 25 years ago, which Wilson then became interested in joining the family business.  Although he is the owner he is very much involved in the process of every customers home building experience.  Which is what differentiates the company from a lot of other Home Builders.   Wilson’s focus is on building a strong team of people who strive for excellence each day.   His passion for what he does, is what allows the company to succeed and progress the way it has for 25 years.

Customer relationships, understanding needs and ensuring customer satisfaction are Wilson’s top priorities.  He is always keeping up to date with the latest home trends by travelling and attending Home Building Conferences all over the U.S.

Wilson is married with two beautiful children, who both attend school in Brantford Ont.  On his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, camping and enjoying life to the fullest.

Roger Sprague

photoRoger is our Chief Designer, Estimator and Office Manager of Sunlight Homes.  He is a Sheridan College Grad in Art Fundamentals and Graduate in Small Business.  Roger has also been in the home building business for about 19 years, he has been with Sunlight Homes since 2006.

Over his summers he spent his time building log homes near St Jacobs.  Since then he has worked as Master Estimator and full time Designer.  Roger is still very passionate about art which does play a major role in his designing and printing at Sunlight Homes.

On Roger’s free time he enjoys working on marketing and advertising.  He likes the outdoors and spending time with his family.  He is most content when he is at work, he truly loves what he does.

Lilly Cordeiro

photoLilly is our Customer Service Coordinator, Social Media Manager and Decor Consultant for Sunlight Homes.  She is committed to customer satisfaction.  Lilly has over 8 years experience in Customer Service, she recognizes the importance of a great first impression.  She will go the extra mile for you ensuring that all facets of your new home experience, meet the expectations of Sunlight Homes and you our valued Customer. Assisting you with your colour selections and finishing the home of your dreams.  Our decor centre is a place where your dreams become reality.

Lilly is currently enrolled in the ‘Interior Decorating’ program at Conestoga College part time.  On her free time she enjoys re decorating spaces, boating, being by the water and social gatherings with family and friends.  She has a great interest in travelling and hopes to travel the world as much as she can throughout her life.  Although she does not have any children, she adores spending time with her three nieces who bring so much joy into her life.

Svetlana Taran

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Svetlana is the Financial Accounting Manager for Sunlight Homes.  She has been with the company for 5 years, however she has 12 years experience in the accounting field.  Svetlana moved to Canada from Russia in 2000, she is always staying up to date and working towards her professional designation by taking courses required.

Svetlana has been married for 24 years to her husband Suerguei and has two beautiful children: her daughter Angela and son Sasha.  She enjoys all the time she can get with her family. Family dinners, vacations and quiet evenings together.  She also has a great passion for ballroom dancing and danced for over ten years.

On Site

Jose Torres

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Joe is the site supervisor for Sunlight Heritage Homes.  Joe takes ownership of his work, with his outstanding leadership and onsite management.  He is a great asset to Sunlight Homes.  It is essential and ensuring that each project will be built accordingly knowing that Jose is on our team.  Joe brings 16 years of construction related experience to our company.

On his free time he enjoys spending quality time with his family and two children.  Cottaging, boating and riding motorcycles are his top three favourite pass times.

Joe Braga

photoJoe has been with Sunlight Homes for 10 years, he is our after sales service representative.  Joe brings a great energy to our team, his genuine and caring personality really reflects in his work.  He began in the construction industry in the mid 80’s doing roofing, he has learned the trade over the years.

Joe has been happily married for 42 years and lives in Cambridge with his wife.  On his free time he enjoys reading, participating in volunteer services for the church, and serves food to the less fortunate.