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Frequently Asked Questions

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple!" - Dr. Seuss

Will you build on my land?  Do you have land available?

YES!  We buy and maintain land for both speculative built, and custom built homes. We often build on land already owned by our clients, and we also work with clients, and potential clients, in finding suitable land to build your future home!

How long will it take, and what will it cost?

Generally speaking a 2,000 square foot home will take 6 to 8 months to complete.  Home builds are dependent upon several factors, but we strive to finish your home as quickly as possible!  Larger, more complex builds may require more time.  Your estimated build time will be included in the contract to build with the Phido Group.  We offer a truly custom home building experience, and offer services across several price points.  Your budget will be determined by the size, style, and scope of the home you desire.  We bid out each home taking into account every custom feature you desire in your future home.

How to Finance your new custom home?

If you are already pre-qualified with a lender, we will happily work with them on your custom home!  If not, we have several lenders, in several markets, who are eager to assist you in pre-qualification, construction loans, and permanent financing.

How do I choose home plans?

We work with several prominent local architects and draftsman.  We have also built many homes from blue prints that customers have purchased online!  We do our best to make sure our clients are privy to the latest design trends and options before purchasing plans.  Plans can cost from $500 to $2,000, so it is best to take your time and visit with your home builder before ordering plans.  We also offer in-house plans available at our office located in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Do you carry insurance during the build?

Yes!  Your budget will include a builder’s risk policy covering your new home during the build phase.  We also carry general liability and worker's compensation and ensure our subcontractors are properly insured as well!

Can you provide references?

Yes!  We invite potential clients to talk with previous customers, lenders, and vendors!  We will also provide tours of current and previous builds!  We love showing off our homes and the quality that goes into each one of them! Give us a call for a list of references!

Do you offer home warranties?

Yes!  Your custom built home comes with a one-year warranty!  If you ever have an issue, we are just a phone call away, and eager to remedy your issue! Extended warranties are also available for purchase upon the closing of your custom built home!

Be sure to watch the video below, courtesy of the Oklahoma Home Builders Association, and Mike Means, for a list of things to ask your builder!

Budgets & Allowances

"A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it." - William Feather

      Custom home building in Oklahoma is highly competitive.  This is great news for you, the consumer!  To survive, most home builders are similarly priced because we work within the confines of appraisal and lending laws. This, however, does not mean that every custom home builder is the same!  Square foot pricing, and vague allowances, have provided home builders the opportunity to hide lower quality materials behind your walls, and under your feet.  The most important items of your build are often the least visible, but most vital.  Take the time to let your builder explain their earthwork, concrete, and framing processes, and be leery of rushed square foot pricing and vague product descriptions. 

      Go shopping!  Have your builder share some of their vendors with you and pick out specific items while your builder is pricing out your home.  The more specific the pricing, the lesser the chance of cost overruns and product delays.  We take several days to bid out each project, doing our best to ensure we include every unique feature our clients want, or need.  Open communication with your home builder is essential to a successful build!  If you have trouble communicating your wishes with your builder pre-construction, it will only worsen during the build phase. 

      Your project manager assists you every step of the way, keeping you weeks ahead of construction progress, addressing and re-addressing, your fit and finish choices.  Mistakes happen, so we do our best to keep the channels of communication open throughout every phase of your build, updating you several times weekly with progress photos and estimated trade completion dates.  The quality of your home builder is often revealed in how they handle changes and mistakes.  Our superintendents are on site daily to ensure the conversations between you and your project manager are being correctly implemented in a quality, budget friendly, manner. 

      Our goal is to be a no “change-order” company.  Clients change their minds, and odd things happen, so be sure to know how changes and challenges will be handled by your home builder to ensure you don’t bear the brunt of an unexpected expense.  Be thorough, and ensure your builder is organized and capable of delivering your project on time, and on budget.