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TINY HOMES FAQs
What is a Tiny Home?
When most folks use the term Tiny Homee, they are often referring to a home built using conventional methods but on the scale of an RV travel trailer. These homes can be built on permanent foundations, but are often built on flatbed trailers and built by the home’s owner. Square footage usually does not surpass 300 sq.ft. Tiny Homes by WestarCrew are 500 sq.ft. or less.
Are Tiny Homes legal?
It depends where you are and how you use it. Some communities have few building restrictions and are very friendly to alternative housing solutions. Other places have lots of rules and neighbors who don’t want people living in their neighborhood’s backyards. Make sure to research and learn as much as you can about the community you want to live in and look for zoning loopholes and alternative housing friendly neighbors. Not all communities have minimum dwelling size rules but often the biggest hurdle is getting an exception to the minimum square footage requirement. One common loophole for this is to look for land zoned for multi-family housing (i.e., apartments) and then get a permit to build a Tiny Home. It’s common for multi-family zoned areas to have no minimum size for dwellings because these zones must allow for small apartments. Another option is to look into the ADU — accessory dwelling unit, also known as “granny unit” or “mother-in-law home” — allowances. Many communities allow a small house to be built in the backyard of a larger home if the dwelling is to be used for family or caretakers and not used as a rental property.
Do I need building permits to build a Tiny Home?
If a Tiny Home is built on a trailer it typically falls into the category of “Travel Trailer” and building codes don’t normally apply. But it is best to build to standard building codes and make sure your house is strong enough to withstand highway speeds. A good approach is to build the house with the same materials and methods used in locations subject to hurricanes. If a Tiny Home fits the definition of a shed it may not need permits, although it also may not be legal to use as a dwelling. It’s always best to check with your local planning department before building anything.
Do you build permanent foundation homes?
WestarCrew offers permanent foundation tiny and small houses in our catalog. We can build your turnkey Tiny Home to completion or you can purchase the plans and have a local contractor build the home for you.
Why should I not purchase a RV?
RVs are great at what they are designed for, but the problem with living in an RV is that you FEEL like you’re living in an RV. Also, RVs are not designed to meet the demands of fulltime living. They are often poorly insulated, thin walled, and can be very expensive to heat and cool. At WestarCrew, we focus on aesthetics, quality, and functionality so you feel more like you’re living in a custom craftsman cottage or rustic getaway instead of in a can of sardines.
How much does a Tiny Home cost?
Many people choose to build tiny homes themselves with their own design or house plans they find online. When materials are chosen carefully, the price of a home can be brought down significantly. Owner-builders typically spend between $15,000 and $25,000 on their homes, not including their own labor, and we’ve seen projects that come in under $10,000, too. On averag,e professionally build Tiny Homes are priced between $30,000 and $50,000+. Finished Tiny Homes by WestarCrew can be built for anywhere between $25,000 to $100,000 or more.
What goes into the cost of building a Tiny Home?
The more options you add and the more custom, high-end features you include, the more expensice you completed Tiny Home will cost. All of the our Tiny Home builds are customer ordered and priced individually. A few major factors that decide the majority of the cost include:
- Length of the trailer the mobile Tiny Home will be built on (12′ to 30’+)
- Quality of the materials used for interior finishes and exterior siding
- Type and quantity of windows in the Tiny Home
- Quality of appliances and fixtures
- Amount of custom work to be completed (i.e., custom-made cabinets and countertops, built-in shelving, custom stairs with built-ins, radiant heated flooring, multi-use custom made furniture, etc.)
- Type of systems you choose (propane, electric, solar, etc.)
Can I finance a Tiny Home?
Most folks don’t borrow money to build their Tiny Homes. A more common path to Tiny Home ownership is to first downsize expenses and possessions, save money, secure a place to build the house, and then start the build. It’s a slower path into a Tiny Home than taking out a loan, but seems to be most common.
How do I insure a Tiny Home?
Check with your insurance agent, and put it in terms they can undertand. Typically calling it a “custom travel trailer” or cabin will help them understand what you are talking about.
Can a family live in a Tiny Home?
Sure! Remember that a family will need more space than a single individual or couple.
Land is so expensive, how can I live mortgage free?
In some places land is expensive, probably due to too many regulations and high demand. But there are still many places where land is cheap. The trade-off is usually location or the quality of the land or access or proximity to various modern utility service providers.
How much does a Tiny Home weigh?
The final weight of a wood framed Tiny Home depends a lot on how the house is finished. As a general rule of thumb you can estimate the final dry weight by multiplying 450 pounds by the length. For example:
16 feet = 7,200 pounds
20 feet = 9,000 pounds
24 feet = 10,800 pounds
28 feet = 12,600 pounds
16 feet = 7,200 pounds
20 feet = 9,000 pounds
24 feet = 10,800 pounds
28 feet = 12,600 pounds
SWhat are the size and weight limitations for Tiny Homes?
Each state and region have different rules. Typically trailers aren’t much longer than 38′ or 40′, and tiny homes don’t often get longer than 24′. Weight considerations for tiny houses don’t typically push the oversize road limits; but they do push the limits for height and width. Typically 13’6″ in height and 8’6″ in width are the maximum dimensions without requiring a special move permit.
On what kind of trailer should I build my mobile Tiny Home?
Unless you have a lot of experience building or restoring trailers we suggest buying a new trailer. Flatbed car hauling trailers are commonly used for tiny houses but some modification is needed. Ideally buy a trailer build specifically for Tiny Homes or have a trailer custom built.
What about towing a Tiny Home?
As long as you meet road requirements, you don’t need any special permit to move your house. In order to be legal to tow, a tiny home can’t exceed 13’6″ in height and 8’6″ in width. It must also have a registered license and working tail lights and turn signals. You will be legal if you do the above things, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other considerations to make when preparing to tow your Tiny Home. As mentioned above, you should be sure that you have a truck with a sufficient towing capacity and set-up to handle the weight you will be towing. Many Tiny Homes can weigh up to 15,000 pounds or more. The question is not, “Will I be able to tow my tiny house?” The question should be “Can I safely tow it?” and more importantly “Can I safely bring the Tiny Home to a stop?” Most large block V8 and V10 gas engines or diesel engines (i.e., Cummins, Powerstroke, or Duramax) can two a Tiny Home, but you also need to ensure that you have to capability to hook up trailer brakes to the truck, that your truck has the proper transmission for towing, and that you have the skills required to tow it.
Where can I park or build a Tiny Home?
HMost people park their mobile Tiny Homes on their own property or at friend or relative’s place. Some folks travel and move around from place to place. RV trailer parks may be an option, too, especially if the Tiny Home has RV or conventional plumbing. The fact of the matter is that in some areas zoning and ordinances for Tiny Homes don’t really account for this type of alternative housing, but this is changing. Some communities are adapting as the popularity of tiny homes increases and as their acceptance as viable and affordable housing are realized. To find out if your community allows Tiny Homes check with your local planning department.
Where does someone put a Tiny Home?
You can most likely park a Tiny Home on your own property or on your friend’s or family’s property. However, check with your county or city to find out about specific codes and restrictions. Many times there are simply no laws regarding where you can or cannot park a tiny house. As a general rule of thumb, parking your Tiny Home in a rural location is going to be easier than finding a friendly urban location. It is also possible to park them at an RV or mobile home park depending on the rules and restrictions of that individual park.
How do I heat and cool a Tiny Home?
For heating, most people use small propane heaters or electric space heaters if they have a utility grid connection. There are many marine propane heaters on the market. Some people use highly-efficient modern wood stoves but they tend to overheat such small spaces. One option is the addition of radiant heated floors. While this option might not heat the entire home to the ideal temperature, it will come close and will also feel good on your feet since some Tiny Homes have open air space beneath them. Another option that some opt for is a small fireplace that offers added ambience. Here’s a good article about the various wood stoves and propane heating options. For cooling, air conditioners are the most common choice. A very small window unit is often ample for a tiny home that’s on the grid. If you’re off-grid it’s not practical due to the high energy requirements. In many cases, you can keep your Tiny Home cool with strategically placed fans and windows with screens, or if you live somewhere extremely hot and humid, a small AC unit can be installed in the wall.
Do Tiny Homes use 120V, 220V, or 12V to power a home?
It depends. You will need 220V service if you will be using large traditional electric appliances like a washer, dryer, electric oven, and a tanked hot water heater, but this can limit your flexibility. Use propane appliances for the large inductive loads (hot water heater, heater, cooking range) and then use only 120V efficient appliances and LED lights. This allows you to minimize the electricity needed to power your Tiny Home and gives you increased flexibility with where you can and cannot connect to power. If your wnat to have a fully off-the-grid capable Tiny Home then you would need a solar system with a battery bank. In this case, use the propane appliance method to decrease power usage and the fully self-contained solar system would power lights, small appliances, and outlets for charging. Off grid solar systems require modifying your power usage habits.
I want solar panels, so what can I expect?
The smaller solar systems in the $5,000 to 8,000 range, depending on your usage needs, would be to run lights and small appliances in outlets (fan in composting toilet, charging computers, cell phones, and low draw appliances) and would include one to four panels and one to three off-grid batteries, and you wouldn’t have much more than a day of autonomy if it was a cloudy day. With this system, you would rely on grid power most of the time and the solar would augment the grid power. If you wanted to have the ability to be off grid for short periods of time, but would have access to grid power, a hybrid system with a minimum size for this would be in the $10,000 to $12,000 range depending on your usage needs. This would allow you to have a few days of autonomy to run small appliances (you could possibly run the refrigerator on a timer) and would include six to nine panels and four to six batteries. This is the largest solar system Wind River would be able to install on your tiny house. If you were planning on being exclusively off grid and wanted to run larger appliances on a regular basis (air conditioning, refrigerator, washer, dryer, etc.) you would be looking at a fairly large system with a large battery bank and this type of system can cost anywhere from $20,000+ and would include lots of batteries, a generator, a large array of panels, and a large, whole-house inverter. This size system won’t fit in your house and would need to be a ground-mounted solar array.
Are Tiny Homes off-the-grid?
Any Tiny Home can be powered by off-grid electricity, but like any off-grid house choosing to use less power will get you the lowest cost system. Giving up things like microwaves, electric heaters, blow dryers, and electric clothes dryers, will allow you to really scale down your electricity needs.
How do I deal with waste water (grey water)?
Many people setup their homes with grey water tanks like an RV but if you are living in one place setting up a grey water system seems ideal. If you have access to a sewer system and have the proper plumbing your waste water can go there just like a conventional home.
What kind of toilets do people install in a Tiny Homes?
Most people are using RV toilets with waste tanks or composting toilets, a very good option for people who desire an eco-friendly alternative and it is virtually free, too, which is always a plus. The main advantage of composting toilets is that they break down the waste faster by adding air, movement, and heat. All of this extra help composts the material faster requiring less storage. A simple sawdust toilet also requires a compost bin/pile so it can cook for a couple years. After that time the compost is safe for the garden. Deciding on the toilet that is the right fit for you is finding a balance between what you can afford, what your needs are, and convenience. Other options to consider include:
- RV low-flush toilets
- Incinerating toilets
- High-end composting toilets
If you build a mobile Tiny Home and plan to move it from place to place a commercial composing toilet is probably a better choice. If you stay on your own land a sawdust toilet may be the way to go.
How do I get a Tiny Home built?
Thanks for asking — Just give us a call at 478-238-8815 !!
CONTAINER HOMES FAQs
Do you have a show room where I can see some Container Home models?
We do not have a show room like a car dealership would have. Everything that we build is custom construction and already sold to the home’s owner. We have a model home that travels across the United States from show to show. When the model is not at a show we do keep it at our facility and it is available from time to time for tours by appointment only. Sorry but we do not accept walk-ins or non-scheduled visits. Before we schedule a visit we would like to understand if you already own land/lot for a home and what your budget is for a home (not including land). Call or Contact Us for pricing information about your specific Container Home project.
What is the process for buying a home?
The best place to start is to get financing if you need it and that way you will know what you qualify for. If you don’t need financing then that’s a plus. Next is to find land that will allow the home that you want to put on there. Some cities and counties have zoning and code restrictions and requirements. An experienced Realtor should be able to find land that will accommodate your needs and the WestarCrew floor plan that you want to put on it. Next step is to visit our Website and pick the floor plan and Call or Contact Us for pricing information about your specific Container Home project. We can tweak the floor plan as you desire. After that we would put a contract in place for your review. If everything is okay with the contact then you would send a 50% deposit. The balance of the payment would be due before delivery. After you get some of the above items squared away, then we will be happy to help you get into a beautiful WestarCrew Container Home.
What sizes do you offer?
WestarCrew uses standard shipping containers, so we offer 20-foot and 40-foot options. Both container lengths are 8-feet wide. The standard 20′ and 40′ containers are 8-1/2′ tall. The 20′ and 40′ containers are also available as a ‘high cube’ and this container is 9-1/2′ tall (1′ taller than the standard 40′ container). We are able to raise the ceilings in all of the containers to accommodate one or more lofts. The industry also makes 48′ and 53′ containers. These are primarily used for domestic purposes and are much more difficult to find. As such, while we can build using these containers, the cost will be significantly higher due to shipping costs.
How much does a Container Home cost? What is the price?
This is our most commonly asked question, so we want to give you a realistic idea of what one may cost. There are many uses for container housing, so we offer a variety of floor plans and options. Keep in mind that although we have specific floor plans, every container home we build is custom. We start with one of the floor plans includes on our Website and allow you to select the colors, stains, window placement, and many more options. We can provide an accurate cost estimate based on the floor plan with which you are interested, with the only variances being based on any customizations you may desire and/or any requirements by your local jurisdictions. Please note that while our container homes are “custom,” this does not mean expensive (and when purchasing, we require 50% down and the remainder due once complete, but before delivery takes place). Call or Contact Us for pricing information about your specific Container Home project.
Do you offer financing?
We do not offer financing directly. As the Tiny Home movement is a bit new, financing can be a challenge as we wait for banks and other lenders to determine exactly how they want to loan on these structures. Having said that, there are some lenders who are starting to come around. After doing a bit of research, below are the various lenders we have identified. The first two are “Tiny Home” specific. The others are a combination of personal loans and peer-to-peer financing. Click on either below for more information.
Are the Container Homes mobile? Can I transport them?
While shipping containers were made to be easily transported, they are not conducive to placing on a trailer and moving around each weekend as some of the other Tiny Homes we offer. Those are made on trailers with construction that facilitates mobility. A 20′ container weighs approximately 4,800 pounds and a 40′ container weighs over 8,000 pounds. Fully built out, a 20′ container could weigh easily over 10,000 pounds and a 40′ container could be well over 20,000 pounds. These homes are made to be transported, set in place, and stay put. This does not mean that you could not easily move them to a new location should you have the need or should you sell it. This will just require a call to your local tow company. What it does mean, however, is that this is not something you would likely do yourself on your own trailer.
How are the Container Homes heated and cooled?
We install a 12,000/10,600 BTU air/heat combination unit in our 20′ homes. This unit is rated for 115V abd operates on a standard 120V plug. The 20′ cabins are 160 sq.ft. and the unit has a coverage of 450 sq.ft. This is 280% more coverage area than the cabin itself. In the 40′ homes, which normally contain a bedroom, we can install two air/heat units — one in the bedroom and one in the main living area.
How are Container Homes insulated?
We use Enviro-SmartSteel panels in both the walls and the ceilings of our container homes. Enviro-SmartSteel is a green energy and sustainable product, which helps us — and you — reduce our carbon footprint. The material is afforable and not only provides the maximum insulation possible, but also reinforces what is already the strongest construction available. As these are containers and not traditional wood construction, they are wind and water tight from the start. The only holes in the container are those we cut for doors and windows (and raised ceilings if applicable). Because of this, the containers heat and cool very quickly.
What about codes and zoning?
Codes and zoning will differ depending on the state, city, and county where the Container Home will be placed, what it will be used for, and how it will be secured. In some cases it may be considered an outbuilding. In other cases it may be considered a home. In many counties and smaller towns, there may not be any zoning at all. The first thing we recommend is to contact your state, city, and county and discuss your plans. As “Tiny Living” is a fairly new concept, more and more localities are having to decide how to classify this type of dwelling when used for a residence. Another option, when looking at residing in the container home and you do not yet own land, is to contact a local mobile home park and discuss placing your container home in the park. The advantage to this option is that all utility services are already present. If the above options will not work in your state, city, or county then this option is most likely the way we would need to move forward with your custom Container Home so it will be approved in your jurisdiction. There are many states, cities, and counties that will require the home to be certified through the state as a manufactured (factory built) home. We have been approved through many states and continue to add states to our list. There might be a case where your custom Container Home design does not fit any of the already approved floor plans, in which case we will have to have all the plans and engineering completed. That process will take additional time and add an additional cost to the base price of the home. If you select one of the floor plans we have completed already there will be minimal cost added to the base price to cover the State’s cost, inspections, and anything else that might be required. The additional cost added to the base price varies from state to state and depends on the floor plan selected.
How long does it take to build a Container Homes?
It takes between four to 12 weeks to build a custom container home, depending on the design and construction materials. Total time between order and delivery is dependent on the number of homes being constructed. We can give you a more exact timeframe when you order your home.
How are the utilities hooked up?
The utilities (electric, water, sewer/septic) are connected the same as they would be in a normal house. Of course, we can customize this based on your need. If hooking to a generator, we can make sure you have the right connection for electric. We can also include gas lines for the hot water heater and stove if you plan to run propane. We discuss all of this with you when designing your container home.
Do you offer solar?
All of our homes can accommodate solar and it is best to work with a local solar provider who understands the solar capability, best location for solar panel placement and amount of sunlight for your area. We can work with your local solar provider prior to building the home and incorporate any necessary modifications as needed so that your home is delivered “solar ready” or you can work with a local solar provider after we deliver the home and retrofit it with solar. We can also work with them to deliver a full or partial off-grid quote specific to your situation.
How thick is a container? How are they constructed?
Steel shipping container walls are made from 14 gauge, 0.078″ corrugated sheet steel panels that are welded to the main structure. The top and bottom side rails and end frames are 7-gauge tubular steel. The steel used to build modern shipping/cargo containers is a corrosive resistant high-strength low-alloy steel. The floors are 1-1/8″ thick marine plywood. The bottom of the shipping/cargo container has 3-4mm thick cross members that have recesses along the bottom side rails, which allows them to be lifted with special straddle carriers. The floor of the shipping/cargo container is 1-1/8″ thick marine (19 ply treated) plywood screwed into the main structure.
How are the containers fastened to the ground?
There are two main options:
- Set the container directly on the ground or on blocks to level the unit. You may want to choose this option if you plan on moving the unit in the near future or you do not need a permanent installation. This option is not recommended for a container home that is intended to be a permanent home.
- We will provide steel plates that are 12″x12″ with “J” hooks welded to the bottom side to insert into the concrete piers as they set up. The container will be set on the piers and welded to the steel plates. This is the option we strongly recommend for our container homes.
How does delivery work and what is included in a standard delivery?
We will deliver almost anywhere in the United States at standard delivery rates and anything that doesn’t qualify for a standard delivery might have additional cost associated with the delivery of the container home. Call or Contact Us for specific delivery information about upcoming Container Home project.
Do you offer any recommended foundation types?
We have three different types of foundations that we would recommend when preparing for your container home:
- Digging and pouring concrete piers, then placing crushed gravel around the piers to allow for drainage.
- Pouring the piers and then a concrete slab on top of the piers to give a good solid surface under your container home, this helps keep things from digging under the home. This is our most popular option and the option we would recommend.
- Adding a partial crawl space to either the concrete piers with crushed gravel or the piers and slab. We strongly recommend this option in areas that have really cold climates to accommodate where all the plumbing connections would be made. In most cases we see a baseboard type heater mounted in the crawl space to keep it warn in extremely cold weather.
*** All of these options are recommendations. You should also check with your local jurisdiction to see if they have any requirements.
Can you recommend any reference books?
Refer to Building A Home Using Containers or Shipping Container Home For Beginners for additional information.
How many different Log Home models are available?
As an authorized dealer of Log Homes by Lincoln Logs International, LLC, we currently have 49 designs, ranging from approximately 900 to over 8500 square feet. You are not limited to this number, however, because we have a drafting and design department that can readily adapt almost any design and floorplan to a Log Home package. We have designed or adapted our log packages to almost every type of building — from storage buildings to shopping center complexes.
What is included in my Log Home package?
We ship only the materials not locally available. We want to help our customers save money in materials and shipping costs by having them negotiate with a local building supply company for conventional materials such as: windows, doors, roofing. Customers can purchase from a local supplier at the lowest price, plus save additional freight charges.
Can I alter the interior layout of an existing Log Home design?
Yes, and most often at no additional cost to you. Our Log Homes can be built as a completely empty shell when roof trusses are used, since all support is to the outside walls. This allows you to get the home under roof in the least possible time, and can often save you money in cases where weather might be a factor. You can then arrange the partition walls to suit your individual needs and tastes.
Are there any special precautions in beginning my Log Home project?
In any construction project, it is necessary to keep all footings, foundations and walls running square and true. Log Homes are no different. Precautions should be taken to make sure the initial course (base logs) are laid square and conform to all measurements on the blueprints. Also, care should be taken to ensure that the logs are sitting squarely on the foundation, with no extreme overlapping. From this point on, you need only to follow the blueprints and log stack sheets making sure that each course is kept square.
What kind of timber is used in your Log Homes?
Our log homes are all cut from southern yellow pine. They are uniform in size to eliminate water or snow ledges on the outer walls, and to allow flexibility in finishing the interior walls. Our logs are 8″ thick by 6″ tall and precision cut at our mill located on our property.
How are the logs joined together in your Log Homes?
We utilize a polyurethane backer rod that fits into a pre-cut v-groove between the logs. On the butt end joints, two strips of polyurethane gasket material and two 1″ diameter hardwood dowel pins are incorporated to ensure a complete seal against air, light, and water. Nine-inch (9″) lag bolts are used at 16″ intervals to bolt the logs together forming, in essence, a solid 8″ thick wood wall-a very tight and very strong structure.
What kind of foundation do you recommend?
Any type of foundation can be used, from concrete blocks to brick, poured concrete or piers (basement, concrete slab, crawl space, etc.). We suggest that concrete blocks be used in lieu of the lighter weight blocks due to the weight of the log walls. Also, it is very important to make sure that the logs are square on the foundation.
Is shipping included?
Shipping is a necessary evil whether you live five miles or 5000 miles from the construction yard. In order for us to maintain consistent pricing, and to insure that you receive a fair shipping price based on current shipping rates to your area, we do not include the price of shipping in our log shell package price. We do, however, have estimated trucking costs within the continental United States and we will gladly get you a more accurate quote once you have provided us with your construction site address.
How is the electrical wiring run in the log walls?
It’s very simple. Our bottom course of logs is cut flat on the inside to allow a wiring conduit chase to be formed using furring strips and wide baseboard trim. In locations where a wall switch is needed on a log wall, the wire is run up between the door sub jamb and the butt ends of the logs. Where necessary, the wiring conduit chase formed by the base log and side baseboard can also be used to hide telephone and other lines.
What about shrinkage?
All of our homes are built to allow for natural shrinkage above doors, windows, and at all floor to ceiling posts. We have never had a shrinkage problem or complaint from a customer because our homes are built properly the first time.
Do your Log Homes settle?
All log homes, cabins or buildings will settle to some extent. We allow for this by leaving some space above all windows and doors settling. This space should be filled with insulation and covered by the window or door face plate. Only 1% to 2% settling is expected with our Log Homes.
How are the interior walls built in a your Log Homes?
Just as in a conventional home. Any type of interior wall is acceptable. Sheetrock to wood paneling are clever ways to tie the interior partition walls into the curved log outer walls with no necessity of molding of any kind. This is another saving over conventional housing.
Will my Log Home require exterior finishing?
Left unfinished, cedar logs will weather to a silver gray color. Color density and uniformity will vary depending on exposure and climatic conditions in your area. Most customers elect to apply either some type of transparent stain or one of the several natural finishes available.
What areas do you serve?
Once loaded onto a flat-deck or into a shipping container, a log home kit can be shipped to nearly any point on earth. We are able to ship anywhere worldwide.
What if I have my own plans?
We will gladly work from your plans provided that they are fully drawn and have been approved by an engineer and by the building department where your site resides. We can take also take your existing drawings and prepare complete construction drawings that will be adequate for engineering and building permit approval. We charge on an individual basis for redraws and plan completion.
How much does a Log Home cost?
There are many variables to the price of a Log Home, the design, species, style, size, roof structure and finish materials are just a few of the many factors. There is no average price for log homes. A quick rule of thumb is the simpler the design, the lower the cost.
Do I buy my land or design my house first?
It is recommended that your land is purchased first, before you spend money designing a home that may not take advantage of the special features your property provides. Keeping copies of plans that interest you is good and provides a starting point when you enter into design. Some designer experts also recommend a scrap book, where you post clips and photos of features you’d like to incorporate into the design of your dream home. By looking for design ideas ahead of time, the process should be quicker once you locate that perfect spot.
Am I under any obligation to sell to you if I schedule an in-home consultation?
No, there is absolutely no obligation. Once we come out to see your home, we will make you an offer within 24 hours (but in many cases, we do it right there on the spot). In all instances, you are free to either accept or reject it. There is never any charge for us to come out to see your property. You can start the process here.
What are the steps to selling my house to you?
Our process is posted on the “How It Works” page available for your review and feel free to call us if you have questions about your specific case.
What if my house is currently rented out, would you still want to buy it?
That’s not a problem at all. However, please let us know about it being rented out when you first contact us on-line or by phone. Also, make sure to let us know the three following things:
- How much is the monthly rent amount?
- How many months remain on the home’s lease?
- Is the tenant current? Or how many payments are they behind?
What if I am behind on payments? What if I owe back taxes?
It is best for you to be up to date on your payments. If that is not possible, it will simply be figured into the offer, or you may qualify for one of our other purchasing programs. We do not pay your back taxes. If you are unable to pay your taxes and still want to sell to us, we will subtract what you owe from our offer price. The closing agent will just order a total payoff from your lender(s) and then they can use the proceeds from the sale to take care of any outstanding back payments. Even if you are in foreclosure, we can still help. But if you find yourself behind in your mortgage payments, time is of the essence. The sooner you start the home selling process with us, the better the end result will be for you. Now is not the time for any hesitation or delay. Call us today at 478-238-8815 or fill out this short form now.
I am actually in foreclosure, and there is an auction date already scheduled, can you close quickly enough to stop it?
YES! We sure can, but you’d better hurry. We need every extra bit of time to stop a foreclosure. Also, the longer you wait to sell your house, the less we may be able to pay for your home. Simply put, the longer you wait, the more the attorney’s fees will dramatically increase. All we can suggest is that the sooner you can contact us to sell us your house, the better the result will be for you. Call us today at (832) 300-0338 or fill out this short form now.
Why should I even bother selling my home? I am behind in my mortgage payments and my credit is already bad. Why shouldn't I just give my house back to the bank through foreclosure?
That’s a great question. And many people who get to this point of financial frustration would feel the exact same way. However, we just remind you that someday in the near future you’ll get your finances back in order and will eventually want to use credit again to buy another house. One of the worst things that you can have on your credit record is a foreclosure sale. Whether you realize it or not, it is something that you want to avoid if it is humanly possible to do so. So, by selling your home to us, you can avoid the pitfall of ever having a disastrous foreclosure on your credit record.
Do I have to make repairs on my property?
No, we will purchase the home in as/is condition. You do not have to do anything.
My home is a wreck; it needs carpet, paint, a new AC and etc. Would you still be interested in buying this type of a home?
We get this response a lot. Some people just think that no one will buy their home until it is in tip-top shape. Well, at least that is what the Real Estate Agents will tell you. And actually, they are partially right if you wanted to sell it to an end user retail home buyer. However, we are Professional Home Buyers and believe us, we aren’t scared off by anything cosmetic or even structural. You probably wouldn’t believe the horrific condition of some of the houses that we have bought in the past. We accept the good, the bad, or the horrible. We take them all!
Can you still buy my house if it is currently listed for sale with a real estate agent?
Yes, absolutely! However, a commission may still need to be paid to your Real Estate Agent. It all depends upon the situation. And many times, once the Real Estate Agent speaks to us about the situation, they are willing to cancel the listing agreement to help you make the sale. But the final decision is still up the Real Estate Agent. Hopefully, you picked a very empathetic one to represent you.
How do you determine the final sales price?
We will sit down with you and go over our top dollar buying formula in a simple and easy to understand manner. Together, we will both fill out the offer sheet so that you can see with your own eyes how we arrived at the generous offering price for your home. We base all of our offers on the current market value of the home. Just like what a Real Estate Agent would do, we take into account all of the recent sold, pending and active homes in your area and we come up with a fair starting point value to base the offer on.
Do you pay fair market value? Do you use an appraisal? How do you determine the price you’re willing to pay?
Just as every homeowner’s situation is unique, so is the process in which we determine what an appropriate offer for a home might be. Things they take into consideration include the condition of the home, cost of repairs that need to be made to the home, the current local market conditions, as well as the urgency of the situation.
How much do you charge? Will I pay commissions?
There are NO costs to sell to us. Unlike when you use a middleman like a Real Estate Agent, who would charge you a large commission, we are the actual House Buyer. So, by selling your home directly to us, there are no fees to use our home buying services. We will even pay for ALL of the closing costs, and you will never pay a commission.
How long will it take for you to close the transaction?
We typically can close in just 10 days, and if you’re in a super rush, we can place your home on an accelerated track and get your home closed in as little as just three business days. However, in ALL cases, we always let YOU pick the closing date. Whether it is three days or even six months from now, YOU get to decide when you want to close the deal. See our Sell Your House Fast.
How soon will I have to move out of my home?
Well, how soon do you want to move out? It is usually that simple. Usually, we expect you to be completely moved out of the house by the actual closing date itself. However, if there is a reason that you need a longer time to move out, then let us know in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.
When you say you pay with CASH, do you actually show up with a briefcase full of cash?
No. Paying with CASH is more of a saying. It implies that we are not making the sale contingent upon a loan and that the funds are readily accessible. In essence, it is as simple as wiring the funds on the closing day from our bank account to the escrow company’s bank account.
How will I get paid?
Just like if you were to sell your house through a Real Estate Agent, when you opt for The Finally Sold Way™, you will get the proceeds from the sale as soon as the house closes escrow at the Title Company or Attorney’s Office. Your funds are as safe as possible, because we only use Top Rated and Government Regulated Title and Escrow Companies. At the time you go in to sign the closing papers, they will give you several options as to how you can get your funds. For instance, here are the three most common ways to get paid the proceeds from the house’s sale:
- Pick up the check in person from the Escrow Agent once the property’s sale has been recorded at the county recorder’s office.
- Have the Escrow Agent wire the sales proceeds to your bank account once the property has closed escrow.
- Have the Escrow Agent mail you the check once the property has closed escrow.
I live out of state, will I have to fly back to close the home's sale?
Our closing agents do NOT require you to be physically present to sell your home. All you will need to do is sign a few forms in front of a notary for a few minutes. And then insert the notarized and signed papers in a pre-paid envelope, and drop it off at any FedEx or United State post office. We will make it quite painless for you to sell your house to us.
How can I contact you?
There are three main ways to contact us:
- By phone at (832) 300-0338
- By emailing us at team[at]westarcrew.com
- By clicking here to schedule a Free Consultation
How do I get started?
How can I join your network?
In order to join our network, we have developed a simple process. Just fill out this form on our Website and you will be contacted by one of our manager partners to discuss your specific situation.
How can I join your network?
In order to join our network, we have developed a simple process. Just fill out this form on our Website and you will be contacted by one of our manager partners to discuss your specific situation.