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Expert Advice on Building a New Home: An Interview with Summer Wilson of Harbor Homes

By Summer Wilson

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Harbor Homes is a premier custom home builder that prides itself in building fine quality homes in the Greater Oklahoma City Area. Since its establishment in 1997, Harbor Homes has built over 600 homes with the intent of using amenities to make your home an investment more valuable in the years to come. Building a home is an intricate process requiring dedication and craftsmanship. For this reason, Harbor Homes takes the "teamwork" approach to building. From the 1st step of touring one of our gorgeous models, to the last step of receiving keys to a new Harbor Home, our quality, distinction, and service is guaranteed.

What are some of the misconceptions that people in Oklahoma have about building a new home when you first meet with them?

The majority of the misconceptions about custom home building I come across has to do with pricing. Inexperienced buyers tend to think that building a custom home is more expensive than purchasing one of our market homes. Depending on the amenities chosen, our buyers can obtain their desired floor plan along with amenities well within their budget. Also buyers are surprised that custom building is an easier process than what they initially thought. From selecting a lot to deciding on colors, buyers our guided throughout the entire process.

Can you briefly talk about the major choices that prospective homeowners will need to make?

The major choices that prospective homeowners need to make have to do with location/lot, floor plan, and color selection. Fortunately Harbor Homes can build custom homes in Northwest OKC, South West OKC, Moore and Norman in one of our gorgeous communities. We also build off site on private property if desired. Once a location/lot has been established a floor plan is selected. Of course floor plans are determined to due to lifestyle, number of family members, and whether or not one works from the home. The best part of custom building is selecting colors. Being able to select brick color, wood type, granite and paint color is what makes custom building unique. A buyer can make a custom their own!

What are the biggest differences between custom- and production-built houses?

The biggest difference between custom and production built houses are the amenities. Our production built houses are designed to appeal to most buyers in the market. All of our homes are HERS Tested and Certified, so custom building is special. A buyer can put their personality in the details from brick and trim color to keystone brick or shutters around the windows.

What do you think is one of the most challenging parts of the building process for homeowners?

The most challenging part of the building process for our homeowners is the anticipation that their vision they have seen on paper will be a tangible reality. Many of our custom buyers are excited through each of the building process from pouring the slab to when the last blind is installed. Homebuyers tend to worry when the jobsite may seem a little messy, but they can be insured the end product and the anticipation of waiting will be worth it in the end.

What tips do you have for homeowners to help them better prepare and avoid stress while their home is being built?

One way for buyer's to avoid stress while their home is being built, is trusting the decisions they have made are truly what they want in a home. Indecisive buyers tend to be more stressed out because they tend to go back and forth several times and depending on the stage of the home, a decision may not be irreversible. So knowing exactly what you want in a home is key. Also communication is key. Our Harbor Homes staff is available so our buyers have constant communication with our staff from our construction manager to our office personnel we are available.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

I can be contacted directly via cell phone (405) 412-7132 or summer@harborhomes.net. Our website is www.harborhomes.net and via main office (405) 790-0629.

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