Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I schedule a sales consultation outside your advertised business hours?

    Yes, if the times we are open do not work for you, contact us to schedule a meeting at another time.

  2. Do you have any homesites for sale?

    To provide the best experience for you, we do not sell our homesites separately. If you would like to build with us, we are happy to help you locate land suitable for building.

  3. How much money do I need to put down?

    It only takes $2,500 down to secure your home.

    We also offer a special homesite reservation option in Dreamcatcher and Mustang Ridge for just $500 upfront, plus the remaining $2,000 before construction begins.

    All deposit money is applied to the purchase price of the home at closing. 

  4. I have a plan I love - can you build it for me?

    We have a wide variety of plan offerings. We’d love to sit down with you and discuss your wants and needs. We will help you decide which Smart Dwellings floor plan you can feel at home in and best fits your lifestyle. 

    We do not work with custom plans, but we are happy to look at what features you love and help you personalize a home that fits you.

  5. I really like one of your plans, but I just want to tweak the plan a little. Will you move some walls just a few inches/feet for me?

    We try to never say “We’ll never do that,” but our experience has been that many changes buyers think are “minor,” end up being much more involved than anyone expects going in. For example, moving a wall just a few inches may require moving foundations and/or structural footings, recalculating headers or beams, changing plumbing or mechanical layouts, revising cabinet/countertop layouts, changing the size of interior doors, require re-designing roof trusses, or even causing potential building code issues that we may not catch right away. At this point, that “minor” plan tweak starts to look a lot like the custom home building experience described in the previous questions. In the short, custom plan changes often create issues that lead to a home buying experience that falls short of “delightful.”  If there is a change you just have to have, we are willing to consider your idea--maybe it is an improvement that we'll want to adopt in our standard plan or add as a standard plan option.  Just be aware that because drafting and estimating costs money, we are not able to provide pricing on custom plan changes without a base price contract and some non-refundable deposit money.  

  6. I need some remodeling work done on my existing home. Can you help me with that?

    We do not offer remodeling services.

  7. Do I need to have a real estate agent?

    No, you don’t need a real estate agent. You will be matched with a New Home Specialist to help you every step of the way.

  8. I prefer to work with a real estate agent. Is that ok?

    Yes, we love and value real estate agents and are happy to work with them. Note: agents need to register their buyers here.

  9. Can I lock in a building site without deciding which plan I want yet?

    Yes, many buyers know they want to purchase a specific lot in one of our communities, but they need a little more time to figure out which plan they want to build. We can offer up to a 60 day reservation agreement with a refundable $500 deposit. If you decide at any point not to move forward with the purchase, we will refund your deposit.

  10. Do you have any plans with accessibility in mind?

    We are happy to personalize our plans to meet accessibility needs. All master bathrooms include a large, walk-in shower.

  11. Where do you build?

    We are happy to build on your land or ours throughout southwest Wyoming. We are currently building between Evanston and Rawlins.

  12. Do you sell your plans?

    No, we do not sell our home plans.

  13. Do I have to provide my own construction loan?

    If building in Dreamcatcher or Mustang Ridge, we cover the construction loan! If building on your land you will need your own construction loan.

  14. Do you offer financing?

    We have a list of preferred lenders and are happy to help you acquire financing. We do not offer in-house financing.

  15. Can I reserve a homesite before getting pre-approved by my lender?

    Yes, you may reserve a homesite with a reservation agreement & $500 refundable deposit contingent upon submitting a letter of prequalification from your lender within a week of the reservation. If it turns out you are not able to qualify at this time, we will refund your deposit.

  16. I’m new to home ownership. Will you help me know how to care for my new home?

    Absolutely, we offer a Home Orientation meeting, where we help you learn about all the features of your new home and how to care for it. In addition, we welcome any questions you might have down the road if you run into something we didn’t address during your orientation.

  17. How long does it take to build a home generally?

    We have a 12-month guarantee! Read about it here.

  18. Do you offer included fencing or landscaping?

    We are able to help you with fencing needs but do not offer landscape services. 

  19. Can I do any of the work to save money? Can I finish the basement myself later?

    You can not do any of the work before we close on the home, because it voids your 10-year structural warranty backed by Liberty Mutual.

    You can, however, choose to have us build a home with an unfinished basement and then finish the basement later on your own. However, any changes you make to your home will not be covered by the warranty.   


  20. Do you offer rent-to-own homes?

    No, we do not offer a rent-to-own option. 

  21. Why are you named Smart Dwellings? Do you build smart homes with lots of technology?

    Our homes are Smart because they are well designed with smart features to offer comfortable living at an affordable price with a process that allows the homeowner to purchase only features they want without the hassle of custom construction.  We feel that many of the high-tech features being marketed as “Smart Home Technology” are little more than gimmicks that cost a lot but provide few needed benefits. However, If you have seen a new technology that you feel would improve your life and is a must-have for you, tell us about it and we will look at whether we can include it for you.  A final word on “smart” tech, in order to provide any particular feature, we have to have a viable supply chain and reputable subcontractor to perform the work, and in our current market we do not have a many such resources at present.