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The Home Buying & Building Process

Discover the steps involved in the home buying and building process.

The Home Buying Process from Start to Finish

There are two aspects to the home buying process: buying and building. We’ll walk you through each step involved on both sides of the process. Buying process steps are in gold, building steps are blue.
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Visit one of our many new home communities in Delaware – from Middletown to Hockessin. Tour our beautifully designed model homes, then let us help you determine which location and design best fit your lifestyle and budget. If you need guidance in determining your budget, our preferred mortgage partners are there on site, ready to help you make the right decision.

Lot Selection and Home Price-Out
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Consult with a Blenheim Homes sales representative to review both included and optional features available to outfit your new home. You will be presented with an estimate of the home with the features you want and can reserve a home site with a “good faith” deposit.

Agreement of Sales and Mortgage Application
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Meet with your sales representative to sign your purchase agreement and make your initial deposit. This will also be a good time to formally apply for your mortgage.

Design Center Appointment
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While you’re waiting for your mortgage commitment, it’s time to get down to design! Browse the myriad of design options Blenheim has to offer at our on-site design centers. Then work with your sales representative to select all of the personal touches that will make this house your home.

Finalize Design Selections and Sign Construction Release
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Once you have received your mortgage commitment and paid your second deposit, you’ll have one final opportunity to sign off on your finishes. We then start construction on your home!

Electrical Customization
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You will meet with our electrician partner to customize your home with everything from pre-wired speaker systems to outlet placement to alarm systems. We will help you ensure your home is as enjoyable as it is functional and safe.

Pre-Construction Meeting
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Once we are ready to break ground, it’s time for our preconstruction meeting. You will meet your project manager and be able to ask any questions about the building process.

Pre-Drywall Walk
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Prior to your home getting drywall, you will be invited to a walk-through with your project manager, which is a great time to ask questions, take pictures and see what is going on behind the walls of your new home.

Settlement Date Notice
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One month prior to closing, Blenheim’s Settlement Coordinator will give you an approximate closing date, at which point you’ll need to secure your real estate attorney. Once you notify our Settlement Coordinator of your attorney choice, we will coordinate all documentation necessary to close your home.

Home Orientation and Inspection
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Before your final walk-through, your project manager will take you on a room-by-room tour to demonstrate the quality features and operating procedures for all aspects of your home. This is also when your project manager will conduct a thorough inspection of your home to identify any remaining items that will need to be addressed prior to settlement.

Settlement Day Final Walk-Through
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On your closing day, just before you meet with your attorney, you will walk your home for a final inspection.

Settlement Day
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Once we are ready to go to settlement on your new home, you will meet with your real estate attorney to sign a number of documents and to transfer the deed into your name. Once everything is signed, you’ll receive your keys—and you can move in!

Post-Settlement Service Walk
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Just because you’ve moved in doesn’t mean we’ve moved on. About 30 days after you’ve settled on your home, our Homeowner Care team will send you an invite to schedule a walk-through. You’ll submit a list of items needing attention in your home, select a date/time and review that list with our team during your appointment. We’ll then take next steps to get all warrantable items addressed.

Final Post-Settlement Service Review
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Around one year after your settlement, our Homeowner Care team will invite you to initiate your Final Post-Settlement Service Review. You’ll submit a list of items needing service attention in your home. This will be reviewed by our team and then we’ll do 1 of 2 things:

1. Send you back a list of items from your submission that are covered under your warranty. We’ll then take next steps to get all warrantable items addressed.


2. If we feel that any of your items needs our team’s in-person review to learn more and help us identify the right remedial steps to take, we’ll invite you to schedule a walk-through. After your appointment, we’ll send you back a list of warrantable items and take next steps to get those items addressed.

We’re Here to Help!

If you’re a first-time buyer or haven’t built new construction in a while, you may wonder what to expect from the process. We’re here to answer any and all questions you might have, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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