The Road Home: 7 steps to new home ownership with Shea Homes

by Shea Homes on August 3, 2016


Dream homes – we likely all have one that comes to mind. Some of us have even been building them in our heads since childhood. For years, you’ve imagined yourself blissfully cooking in the stone counter-topped kitchen, waking up to see the sunrise from your bay window every morning, and feeling peaceful and content with your white picket fence that surrounds your home, located in a friendly community. Finding an existing house that fits all of the criteria for which your dream home has been built, is no easy feat.  Fortunately, building a new house with Shea Homes® lets you personalize your home to fit what you’re looking for!

While some homebuyers embrace the opportunity to build from a blank slate, for others, this process can initially seem overwhelming. That’s why at Shea Homes we are with you every step of the process and have explained each phase to help you understand that building your dream home can in fact be a reality.

What goes into building a house with Shea? Read on to find out.

1) Dreaming

In the words of Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” (tweet this) That’s what the dreaming stage is all about. You’ve defined the need to move, you understand your motivation for making this change, and it is time to put your ideas into action. You’ve already weighed the pros and cons of renting vs. owning a home, and have made the choice to buy.
During this phase, it’s wise to create a wish list of items that you desire to have in your new home. What type of neighborhood do you prefer? Is abundant storage space a must? Is an open floor plan or outdoor space key to happiness?  If you’ve already owned a home, your previous experience as a homeowner will help inform these questions. If this is your first time, evaluating your lifestyle and understanding how various features of a home, such as location or floorplan, can support these needs is a great place to start.

2) Exploring

You’ve defined the “must-have” essentials as well as the “would be nice” features of your next home. Now, it’s time to start your house-hunt and educate yourself on the options available. The more you know, the better you’ll feel about your final decision! Using the list you created in step 1 as your guide, start with an online search (or try these mobile tools) to get an idea for what homes are on the market.

While the internet eases the process of information gathering, it doesn’t replace the physical feeling and emotion you get from an actual home site visit. Make the trip to visit communities that you are interested in to feel out the neighborhood. Talk to friends or family who have recently purchased a home who may be able to offer insights based on their individual experiences.


At this stage, if you haven’t already, we recommend exploring your financing options to understand what you can afford. This will save you time and ultimately disappointment during your home buying process. Learn more about securing a mortgage with Shea’s five step mortgage process.

3) Focusing

You’ve found some amazing options, but how do you decide which is the right home for you? This is where prioritization, and understanding value comes into play. Let’s go back to that list of dream home criteria. Now, rank each factor in terms of what’s most important to you. This activity will help you understand which home will provide you with the best value unique to your situation. Homebuyers often find themselves evaluating value in terms of price. But, price isn’t always the best indicator of value – it’s often hard to put an exact price on the intangibles like community, floorplan or school district that you desire or feel most comfortable in.

Whether you have prior home owning experience or not, this is a good stage to determine if purchasing a new home is still the right choice for you. In addition to being able to personalize your dream house, buying a new home, like a Shea Home, provides many benefits, which can include:

  • Fewer possible un-planned home updates. Even with a used home that has been renovated, it’s difficult to truly know how new it is. In a new home, you can guarantee that from the flooring, to the roof, plumbing to electrical wiring – and everything in between, it has never been previously used. This typically lessens the likelihood that you’ll have a surprise leak or short that you have to fix.
  • More energy efficiency. The new home appliances you will get when purchasing a new home are more energy efficient than the models released years ago which you’ll find in many used homes.
  • Modern design style. New homes incorporate floorplans that represent the latest concepts and designs. You’ll notice how open a Shea Homes floorplan is compared to the smaller rooms of a home built, in say, the 1950’s.
  • More green building materials. Materials used in new home construction are more environmentally friendly when compared to older homes.

Consider these factors, in addition to the ones that matter most to you, to help narrow your focus and build enough courage to move to the next phase – purchasing!

4) Purchasing

You’ve done your research and narrowed down the selection to a few homes that represent your definition of the best value. After searching for new homes, you’ve located one in a Shea Homes community, that offers you the opportunity to select the floorplan, architectural style, and design features to personalize your home exactly the way you want it. Motivated by the added benefit of Shea’s warranty program, you decide to purchase the Shea home. To help plan your path to home ownership with Shea, print the guide below and find out how our team will assist you with next steps.

Click here to view and print the full infographic.


One of the highlights of buying new with Shea is personalizing your home the way you want it in our design studio. The design studio process consists of meeting with Shea’s experienced design team who walk you through the entire design process – from finding inspiration online and in the design studio itself, to evaluating which flooring matches your counter-tops and will endure dogs and children alike. Starting from scratch involves several decisions, but part it’s all a part of the fun! Check out our tips for navigating the design studio process, here.

5) Monitoring

Since you’ve made the choice to buy with Shea, we continue working with you after the initial purchase. Watching your dream home come to life is one of the most exciting aspects of purchasing a new home. And, knowing a national homebuilder with a focus on care and quality is leading the process can add an element of ease and comfort to this entire process. To further that sense of assurance, Shea contacts homebuyers at various points in the construction phase to report on progress. From rough framing, plumbing and electrical, all the way to installing fixtures and exterior finishes, Shea provides information and guidance every step of the way.


Shea homebuyers also have the opportunity to walk through their home as it’s being built. Visits are guided by a representative who reviews construction activity and demonstrates the key components of your home. Whether you choose to actively participate in the construction process with numerous check-ins, or take a more passive stance knowing that you are in the hands of an expert, Shea is there to support you either way. Watch below to see someone’s dream house come to life.




6) Moving In

You’ve built the house of your dreams and now it’s actually time to start living in it! But, before you get to wake up to the sun in your bay window every morning, you first need to plan your move. Depending on the size of your move, you’ll either want to hire movers or enlist the help of your friends. If you are downsizing, determine what you will bring with you and what you’ll leave behind. Once you have an inventory of items you’re bringing, factor in the cost of packing supplies, number of trips back-and-forth to transport gear, equipment rentals, and your helpers’ stamina, to determine if it’s worth hiring a moving company or not.

If you’ve purchased a home with Shea, we also introduce you to our warranty program, called 1-5-11 during this phase. Our 1-5-11 program consists of pre-scheduled appointments with members from the Shea team one month, five months, and eleven months from your home’s closing date. This is a time to review your home and address any items under concern that might need warranty.

7) Settling In

Your boxes are all unpacked (for the most part) and it is time to figure out where everything goes.  You strategically plan what piece of art will fill each specific wall and where favorite family photos will hang.  After you’ve rearranged the living room space several times, you’ve decided on an arrangement that is open, but cozy enough for conversation. After a month, you’ve started to break in the kitchen enough to know which cabinets to open to locate the pots and pans and the strangers next door become friendly neighbors. This beautiful stage of settling in is when your new house truly becomes a home.

As you continue to the homemaking process, Shea’s warranty team is there to educate on basic maintenance, address question or concerns, and provide information on how to ensure that your Shea home is preforming like new.

Building the home of your dreams can be a reality, and with Shea Homes, we are with you every step of the way. If the process still seems overwhelming, watch and listen to a happy Shea homeowner here and feel free to leave any questions for our team below or on our Facebook page.






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