Your new homebuying journey
Buying a brand new home is an exciting step.
From choosing a floor plan to your final walk through, we want you to know what you have to look forward to along the way. We're dedicated to creating a positive homebuying experience you'll always remember.
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Searching for a new home
So you’ve decided to buy a home. Congratulations! It’s time to make a wish list of your wants and needs and start browsing new Richmond American homes online. Be sure to take advantage of local expertise. Our New Home Specialists know the communities, our floor plans and even the school systems. Save time on your search with their assistance. 888-500-7060
Knowing how much a lender will be willing to offer you is key to starting your search out right. Pre-qualifying can be an easy way to determine how much you may be able to borrow and afford. To get started, call a loan officer at our affiliate mortgage company, HomeAmerican Mortgage: 866-400-7126.
Identifying your dream home
Once you narrow down your search online, it’s time to start driving to different communities and touring model homes. Take notes and pictures for comparing homes later. Imagine where you would place your furniture, and bring a tape measure to make sure it will fit.
Once you find your Richmond American dream home, it’s time to sign a contract. If you choose a quick move-in home, you’d better start packing! If you decide to build from the ground up, a sales associate will help you tailor your home’s layout with options such as flex rooms, extra garage space and more.
Nothing is more memorable than watching the walls go up on your new home. If you’ve chosen to build from the ground up, your construction superintendent will take you on scheduled walk-throughs so you can see the progress of everything from the wiring to plumbing and other structural details.
Making it personal
Unless your Richmond American home is completely ready for move-in when you purchase, you’ll work with one of our design consultants to choose fixtures, finishes and home technology. Dreaming of a tumbled stone backsplash? Want rich hardwood flooring? Now’s the time to coordinate fixtures and finishes throughout your new home. We’ll help you color match textures and surfaces for a look you’ll love. Learn more >
Insure your new home
Your new home will be one of the most important purchases of your lifetime. Don’t forget to protect it! Our affiliate, American Home Insurance, can help you find an insurance policy that meets your individual needs. Call 888-325-8108.
Touring your new home
Your home is complete! It’s time for us to show you around, orient you to the inner workings of your new home, review maintenance information and answer any questions you may have.
The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. The keys are in your hands. Your Richmond American home comes with a limited warranty, providing you with greater peace of mind. Your home care team will check in at approximately one month, five months and ten months to answer your questions and take care of service requests.
Free homebuyer guides
We love helping buyers attain the dream of homeownership. It's been our job for over 35 years! Now, we're sharing our knowledge with you in a series of FREE homebuyer guides. Enjoy worksheets, checklists and more tools to help you stay organized and informed from contract to close.
Personalizing your new home
The Home Gallery™
When it’s time to choose the finishing touches, we’ll make you an appointment at our Home Gallery™. This innovative design center has all of our colors and textures on display—from backsplash tile to the cabinetry and countertops. Your design consultant can help you discover your style and create a design plan that fits both your tastes and budget.
Complimentary design assistance
Choosing the finishes for your new Richmond American home is a big step. We don’t think you should have to do it on your own. As a complimentary service, our professional design consultants will help you coordinate colors and surfaces throughout your new home. We’ll know if the granite countertops you’re eyeing match the cabinetry you love. Plus, all the options are organized into color studios for a beautiful, pulled-together look without the guesswork.
Wiring for items such as home theaters, security systems and multi-room audio systems when your home is being built is more cost effective than making changes later down the road. Explore your options during your Home Gallery™ appointment.
Discovering your personal style
No more cookie-cutter homes! With us, it’s personal. We believe your home should be uniquely yours from top to bottom. We start with a conversation about your tastes. Love a kitchen you saw in a magazine? Bring it in! Want your backsplash tile to complement your dishware? We can work with that. Great design starts with great inspiration.
Finding inspiration before you visit
If you’re having trouble discovering what you love, Pinterest can be a great resource. Check out our boards and pin or print the photos that best match your style.
Financing & insuring your home
HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation
HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation has been serving homebuyers since 1984. We are dedicated to providing a tailored financing experience for every customer.
As a full-service lender, HomeAmerican can help you sort through the lending lingo and uncover your personal buying power. We would be happy to look at your personal finances and present you with mortgage solutions designed to meet your needs. Our experienced loan officers are available to answer any questions you may have regarding financing your new home, or refinancing your existing home.
American Home Insurance Agency, Inc
American Home Insurance has been in the insurance business since 1998 with the vision of providing convenient service, competitive rates and comprehensive coverage to customers from coast to coast.
Whether you need to insure your new home, your car or your snowmobile, we’ll check with multiple insurance carriers, get several quotes and help you find the right policy.
You can rest easy knowing we’re there to help you. Put an American Home insurance specialist to work for you.
A HERS® rating for every home
Richmond American uses the HERS® Index to gauge a home's comparative energy efficiency. HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System, a system created by RESNET®, which has become an industry standard for rating home energy efficiency.^
How to read the index+
130 = Existing home++
100 = Reference home+++
A home scoring 70 on the HERS Index is 30% more energy efficient than a reference home. See a sales associate for the Projected Rating on the HERS Index for a specific plan.
Each 1-point decrease on the index is designed by RESNET® to correspond to 1% reduction in energy consumption! Energy-saving features can drive the rating down.
Watch this video to find out more:
This video (version 2 -09/2015) was prepared by RESNET and can be found at http://www.hersindex.com. RESNET® has developed the HERS® index to indicate the comparative efficiencies of homes. It is no guarantee that energy efficiencies will be achieved. Actual results will vary.
Richmond American Homes will provide a confirmed rating for your completed new home—not just an estimate!
We use third-party home energy raters to perform on-site observations and tests for rated features following RESNET's national standards.
To learn more about energy ratings, go to www.resnet.us
Designed right & built tightWe make a point to include features that help cut down on energy usage, reduce waste and create an efficient environment in your home. Check your local Sales Center for features in your region.
Designed to perform efficiently for each plan.
Mechanically controlled ventilation
Helps promote quality indoor air.
Our methods help reduce lumber used, increase effective insulation and reduce waste.
Effectively installed insulation in walls and attics helps improve energy efficiency and balance temperatures throughout the house for increased comfort.
Interior air sealing
Sealing helps separate a home's interior from the outdoors, reducing drafts, dust and pollen and cutting down on loss of conditioned air.
Low-emissivity coatings reflect infrared light to help keep heat inside in winter and outside in summer.
Frequently asked questions from homebuyers like you!
What is a gourmet kitchen?
What is a deluxe bath? Are all deluxe baths located in the master suite?
How energy-efficient are Richmond American homes? What energy-saving features are built in?
Depending on the market and home plan, energy-saving features may include:
- ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances, CFL lighting and/or HVAC equipment
- Effective insulation and a sealed home envelope
- High-efficiency HVAC equipment; right-sized HVAC design
- Low-e windows
- Programmable thermostats
Other features may be available in your area. Visit a Sales Center or call a New Home Specialist at 888-500-7060 to learn more about the ways our homes could help you save energy and money.