Why it’s difficult to give pricing over the phone and/or through email or Facebook

If you are interested in building a new home it is pretty common to ask about pricing very early in a conversation.  It doesn’t matter if it’s by phone, text, or email; it’s understandable and happens a lot.  People want to know where to start.

But unlike a car, truck, or mobile home dealership where sticker prices may be common, new home construction through a builder such as Pine Ridge Homes has many variables that come into play.

-Where are you building?  Location plays a role.  For example if we are building in counties near St. Louis, Springfield, Champaign, etc. materials and local codes can dictate differences in costs.  Different municipalities can mandate different construction requirements.

-Location plays a factor in septic system costs.  Some counties and local municipalities might be closer to $4,000 range whereas others might be $7-8,000 or even more for a septic system.  If you have city sewer, depths of sewer lines and tapping requirements vary from town to town and therefore costs vary.

-Do you have a water source?  Do you need us to tie into city or rural water, or is a well needed?

-Do you want a crawlspace or basement?  Obviously there are differences in concrete costs based on what you want us to build.

-Are we building a garage, porch, or deck?  Most pictures on our website show garages and/or porches, and some show stone or brick on the exterior.  All of these site improvement services are offered and completed as part of our turn-key services.  Prices are determined based on what you want us to include, where you are located, and material selections.

Heating and cooling systems are installed on site and come with a 10 year warranty.  Do you want electric, gas, heat pump, geothermal……..is it going in the basement, in the garage, or elsewhere in the main level of the house?  All of these factors affect cost.

-Our homes come with a 10 year structural warranty, they are extremely energy efficient, and our building standards are second to none.  However, what amenities do you want in your home?  Cabinet design and features are customizable to fit your needs.  Do you want taller ceilings?  Bath fixtures, faucets, windows, doors, flooring, appliances, countertops, etc. all play a role in the final price.  Option totals can be lower for some clients and higher for others.

-What style of home do you want to build?  We offer ranch, cape cod and two story designs.  We often customize to meet your needs using our design software.  Size of home, style of home, complexity of on-site additions, etc. all effect the price.  If someone asks how much for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home…..it’s kind of like searching for a needle in a haystack.  What style of home are you wanting to build, lot requirements, site improvements, and most importantly your home budget, are all things we need to discuss so we know how to best help you.

When we try to answer a common cost question over the phone or by email we have no choice but to provide a large range.  For example, at any given time, we have home packages under construction ranging from $120,000-$450,000.  The reason for the large price range is due to all those variables I mention above.

If you can find time to visit us and tour our model homes, either during our normal business hours or by appointment, we would love to ask questions, take notes, and spend some time figuring out our “homework assignment” so that we can then quote something specific to your wants, needs, and budget.  We are not a high pressure establishment.

Everyone’s needs are different.  Our goal is to educate our clients about the building process and construction variables, while also educating ourselves about our clients’ wants and needs.  As our relationship builds we are confident we can customize a home package specifically for you.

We appreciate your interest and the opportunity to potentially earn your business!



Why Choose Pine Ridge Homes?

Why Choose Pine Ridge Homes?

  • Our homes are built in a controlled environment. A car isn’t dropped off to your home in pieces and assembled on site.  Your house shouldn’t be either.  A controlled environment keeps your home out of harmful weather.
  • An assembly line process through the various stages of construction means higher levels of consistency in the building process.
  • Third party inspections happen routinely in the factory to ensure quality control and code compliance.
  • Engineering and drafting departments means higher levels of customization and flexibility in floor plan designs.
  • More precise construction equates to higher levels of energy efficiency due to the building methods, quality of materials, and inspections throughout the production process.
  • Our homes are stronger and weigh more than a traditional home. They are being transported and installed with a crane.  Therefore they have to be “overbuilt.”  The result is a stronger home than traditional methods and a standard 10 year structural warranty.
  • By utilizing factory construction you avoid cost overruns. Our model homes and showrooms enable you to customize plans, choose various options and amenities, and then place your home order at a set price.  You can save money and undue stress by purchasing one of our home packages.
  • Quicker build times and a more efficient construction process can mean less time paying on a construction loan. Save time and money by utilizing a system built factory construction process.

The Two Questions Everyone Asks!

Why should I choose Pine Ridge Homes as my builder? And why Pine Ridge Homes instead of (insert name here) builder?

Let’s tackle question number one. Why should I choose Pine Ridge Homes to build my home? I could give you all of the usual boring answers like… quality, integrity, honesty, and commitment to excellence. We have all of that stuff, but doesn’t everyone say that. Hey, I just hit on it, everyone says that stuff but very few builders actually do the work and deliver on all of those promises like Pine Ridge does on a daily basis. We not only say it, we put it in writing and prove it every day at your build site. We have a fantastic staff and a fantastic product to build your new home. You can take my word for it or we can put you in touch with people that trusted us enough to build their home for them. Your Choice!

Question two. Why should I choose Pine Ridge Homes instead of any other builder? This question is easier to answer than the first one. The reason for that is simple, the answer to the first question is in this one.  Wow, pretty confusing right?! I can say our people, product, processes are outstanding…and they are. I can say we have over 60 years of construction experience…which we do. I can say we offer name brand materials, 10-year structural warranty, turn-key construction services, design software, and energy efficient building practices.  All of this is true, and we do it every day. The best way for you to answer this question is for you to come in to one of our two home centers and find out for yourself.

Planning ahead is key for your new home construction!

This year has been another busy one.  Here we are in October and if you want to order a home we are looking at late January or early February before it will arrive from the factory.  So if you are thinking of building in the spring, guess what, you need to order soon!
At Pine Ridge, we are here to help you every step of the way.  From planning and property visits, to floor plan design, to site improvements such as the utilities and concrete excavation……..Pine Ridge can handle your entire project.  We are a “one stop shop” builder offering everything required to build your new home.
The hurricane season and price increases have certainly been a topic in the news.  All year long we have fought price increases on building materials and now with the hurricane season in full swing we are subject to fluctuating building costs once again.  Remember, at Pine Ridge Homes, once you order your home you are locked in and guaranteed that your pricing will not change.
Interest rates have increased some during 2018 and that is also something to keep in mind if you are thinking about building.  The sooner you decide to move forward with a new home the better.  Interest rates are expected to rise again in 2019.  So let’s get started and avoid those future rate increases!
The time for planning is now.  Pine Ridge is not a high pressure sales atmosphere.  We want to help you make the best decision for your family.  The comments above are true in the sense that if you are considering building, the sooner the better.  But, it’s a process.  It still takes time.  We would love to sit down with you and begin that process.
Please come visit us at one of our locations in either Vandalia or Benton.  Our quality and value is second to none.  We’ve been in business over 20 years and would love an opportunity to earn your business.
Take care and God Bless!

What does cost per square foot have to do with the actual value of a house or investment property?

What does cost per square foot have to do with the actual value of a house or investment property?

The answer……..nothing!  Square foot cost analysis is a marketing ploy created years ago by realtors to make “selling” easier.

Think about it.  What does square foot cost tell you about the construction of the structure?  Does it tell you that a home has 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 exterior wall construction?  Is a high quality grade of lumber being used?  What grade/quality of flooring and cabinetry is being used in a home that costs…..say $90 a square foot?  You don’t know.

The only way to measure a structures value is to research the building specifications to determine the type and quality of materials being used in conjunction with the quality control of the building process.

Square foot cost analysis is simply a measuring tool to sell.  Pine Ridge could say we cost less per square foot, or more per square foot, to build in a factory than building on site and both statements would be a true.

Every project has individual characteristics that determine the price to build.  Pine Ridge uses 2 x 6 exterior wall construction in every home.  Our factories use only the highest grades of lumber.  We build indoors in a controlled environment with rigorous inspection processes.

I’m in the market for a new home, but where do I start?

The home buying and building process can be daunting and sometimes a simple question like “How do I start?” seems like an almost embarrassing question to ask.  But, in reality, it’s an excellent question and one that should be asked more often.

At Pine Ridge Homes, we consider ourselves an authority at guiding you through the buying and building process.  With over 20 years in business, two locations and over 50 years of combined construction experience, our team is here to assist you every step of the way.  And speaking of steps, or visits, as we like to call them, let’s get started.

1.  Let’s talk!  The first step is we want to hear from you.  So schedule a visit to one of our locations.  We want to hear about your likes and dislikes, yes I said dislikes!  Sometimes learning what you don’t like helps us more than a wish list.  We want to LISTEN to you and get to know you.  As we learn from you we’ll also discuss our products and building processes.  Education is the key.  We learn from you and you learn from us.  You’ll learn realistic expectations of the building process.  You’ll also learn about the quality and value that is in every Pine Ridge Home.  We’ll learn about you and your needs and we’ll begin to consult with our team about how to best approach your project.

2.  We customize!  Pine Ridge wants to custom design a plan to meet your wants, needs and tastes.  We don’t just show you a model home and try to “make you a deal.”  That’s NOT what we want.  We want to help you with plan development specific to you and your family.  So the second step, or visit, is narrowing down a conceptual plan.  We listen to your ideas, coupled with our construction expertise, to help you find a sense of direction.  Then we utilize our architectural software to draw a plan especially for you.  Sometimes we start with one of our plans “tweaked” to accommodate your needs; sometimes it’s one from scratch that we design with you.  Either way we want and need your involvement.  Sometimes this second step in the process takes a couple of visits until we get a plan or design that starts to “click” with you.

3.  The third step in the process is discussing more specifics inside and outside of the home.  Inside colors and amenities are determined.  Outside options such as garages, porches, decks, etc. are also discussed.  This step in the process can be a lot of fun!  Your personal touches really begin to show as you customize the interior finishes and exterior looks that appeal most to you.

4.  The next step is typically a site visit.  With all the plan development up to this point, we now need to look at your home site.  This is when we “dial in” such details as concrete, power and water line sources, septic or sewer locations, and home delivery and equipment access.  Pine Ridge is a turn-key builder with a vast amount of building experience.  We need to see your property and individual site characteristics so there aren’t any surprises down the road.  The site visit is free of charge and it helps us, help you.  This is an information gathering session for us and helps us provide you with accurate pricing.

5. The next step is when we meet to review initial pricing. We analyze the home itself, the scope of utility work, on-site carpentry work, concrete and other site improvements that may be part of your home package.  We also review the individual home option pricing and make any necessary changes per your instructions.  This step in the process gives you a true indication of the complete home package pricing.  We have plenty of white out on hand to make deletions or changes!

6. Visit number six is when we transition to final pricing. Any changes we have made along the way are revised and a complete type up of your entire package is reviewed with you.  Loan preapprovals have most likely been discussed in previous meetings.  Whether you are utilizing a bank of your own or one that we may have suggested somewhere along the way, this final pricing is typically what the bank needs to get appraisals moving forward in the loan process.  Home prints may also be available at this time depending on your banking needs.  This is when everything we have worked towards finally comes together and we can move forward with building your new home!

So………..now that you know how to start and a little more about the process, don’t be scared or intimidated.  We have plenty of tools available for you to learn more.  Our website www.pineridgehomes.net is filled with information.  Our Facebook page is a huge source of pictures and information as well.  We also have a Buyer’s Guide publication that has been a great resource if you want to stop by and pick one up.

Most importantly, VISIT US!  We do not bite and we are not high pressure!  A home purchase is most likely the largest purchase you’ll ever make.  Pine Ridge Homes does not take that lightly.  We want to earn your business.  So visit us, get to know us, see what we have to offer……and let us demonstrate what we can do for you!

Introducing The St. Paul

Pine Ridge Homes prides itself in our turn-key home packages and with 5 homes in various stages of construction it’s easy to sometimes lose sight of promoting homes with a smaller scope of work.    Basements, garages, porches, decks, HVAC systems, utility work….Pine Ridge offers it all.  But for some, maybe you’re not interested in a larger scope of work.  Perhaps a home, some utilities, and a crawlspace is all you need.

Today we would like to introduce you to the St. Paul.  At 1,560 square feet it’s not too large and not too small.  With three bedrooms, two full baths, and an office or fourth bedroom, it’s use of space is exceptional.  The living room, kitchen and dining room offer the spaciousness and open feel that so many of today’s buyers demand.   The St. Paul is large enough to accommodate a growing family, yet small enough for downsizers.  There are plenty of rooms to accommodate belongings, guests and private space without breaking the bank at real estate tax time; adding yet an another element of affordability.

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The St. Paul with an excavated poured wall crawlspace and utility work will start at $139,000.  That’s a tremendous value considering the quality you get with a Pine Ridge Home.

Our homes come with a 6/12 roof pitch, architectural shingles, 2 x 6 exterior walls, 2 x 4 interior walls, 5/8 ceiling drywall, 1/2 inch drywall throughout the rest of the home, Kohler faucets, Anderson windows, Tyvek house wrap, 12/2 wiring, R-21 wall insulation, 2 x 10 floor joists, 3/4 floor decking……..ALL STANDARD!  There are many more quality oriented, standard construction features as well.  But you’ll need to visit to see for yourself.  If we tried to list them all we would have a book instead of a blog!

Where else can you find a quality home package starting at $139,000 that includes this kind of quality?  We don’t think you will.  Pine Ridge builds throughout the entire Central and Southern Illinois region for a reason.  Simply put, we are the best combination of quality and value in Southern Illinois.  Check out our website and testimonials to learn more about Pine Ridge Homes.

In the meantime, check out the St. Paul and see if it might be the home for you!