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Warranty Software

Categories: FAQs, Warranty | Posted: July 31, 2017

Your experience with our team at Manuel Builders does not end when you close on your home. We offer warranty services and a helpful online warranty software to aid in this process. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to login to your homeowner portal and submit a new request.

  • First, open your internet browser and enter
  • Here, you will be asked for a username and password. Your username will be the email address you have submitted to Manuel Builders.
    1. Homeowners logging in for the first time will need to create a password. To do this, enter your username, and then click the “Forgot your password” button located under the “Sign In” button.
    2. You will again be asked to enter your username, then click “Email reset link”. You will then need to open your email, find the reset password link sent to you, and follow the instructions on resetting your password.
    3. Once reset, use this new password in combination with your username to log into your homeowner portal.
  • This is the Dashboard of your homeowner service software portal. From here, you can do several things such as submit new warranty requests, view old requests, or even change your personal contact information.
  • To submit a new request, click the “Add New Request” to the left of the page.
  • Next, click the “Add new record” button.
    1. This will open up several drop down menus, in which you can pinpoint the area of your home, and category in which your problem lies.
    2. After selecting your drop down options, there is a text box in which you can add a brief description of your problem.
    3. After adding a brief description, you also have the option to attach a photo to your request. This button is located directly beneath the text box. This can be especially helpful if your request includes any physical damage to your home.
  • Once you have entered all of the necessary information, you will need to click “Save” in order to create this record of your warranty request.
  • The final step, once your warranty request is saved, is to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Submit your requests to be processed.” **If you forget this final step, your warranty request will stay saved in your portal, but not be sent to a Manuel Builders warranty representative.**
  • After you click submit, it may take several minutes to process your submission. There is no need to click submit again. Once clicked, simply let the software process for a few minutes, and your submission will be sent.
  • Once you have successfully submitted your request, you will be contacted by a Manuel Builders representative either by phone or email, within 48 hours of your request.

Every builder warrants the following to the owner (exclusions can apply):

  1. One year following the warranty commencement date, the home will be free from any defect due to noncompliance with the building standards or due to other defects in materials or workmanship not regulated by building standards.
  2.  Two years following the warranty commencement date, the plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, and ventilating systems exclusive of any appliance, fixture, and equipment will be free from any defect due to noncompliance with the building standards or due to other defects in materials or workmanship not regulated by building standards.
  3. Five years following the warranty commencement date, the home will be free from major structural defects due to noncompliance with the building

If you have any further questions about how to use your warranty software or specific concerns of the warranty details listed in your New Home Warranty Act, please contact us so that we can better assist you!


Summertime Switch Up!

Categories: Community, Lifestyle | Posted: July 20, 2017

While the kids are out of school for the summer time, take the opportunity to put your heads together and switch up their bedrooms a bit with a fresh & updated look. They are growing which means their personalities and styles are evolving too! Whether they want a decked out Super Hero themed room or maybe something more sophisticated than what they had before, check out these helpful tips on how to accomplish it without spending all of your vacation money!

Add Some Color!

The easiest way to update your kids’ bedroom would be to add a splash of color to spruce up their space. Find out your kids’ favorite color(s) and shop for things that would be easy to switch out depending on what your child likes and what’s on-trend. One fun way to add color and personality into a room would be to print out photographic prints of your family. If you want the photos to compliment a certain color scheme – look for a background that would go well with the theme of your child’s room like a large colored wall, a park or beach, take a few pictures of your family and kids then hang them on the walls for instant fun and personalization!

Let Kids Express Their Style

Whether your child is just now getting into the toddler stages or if they’re not so little anymore, your child’s room should truly feel like their own space. If your little man is an adventurer, then hit the discount stores for a world globe and a fun tent for him to play in. For the bookworm in your family, display their favorite collection of books by installing easy shelving or hanging a wire magazine rack.  If your children love drawing and painting, you can hang a framed chalkboard on their wall so they can create new artwork to display every day!

Timeless Sophistication

In addition to letting your kids have their say in the design of their room, it’s just not practical to over-haul their entire room after they’ve grown out of a stage. Start your design with a general theme that can grow with your child. Go wild with themed accessories, frame and hang artwork, display favorite superheroes but the general design and the furniture should remain the same so you can avoid having to buy expensive furnishings every time your kiddo jumps from one stage to another.

Find Pieces Over Time

The day where kids’ furniture sets absolutely have to match are in the past. The trend today is to mix & match complimentary pieces with one another. Decorate their room with a doll your grandmother played with as a child or a chair that your father bought for you. Scour the antique shops for quality items that would go well with modern décor. Not only is it a great way to save, but it also develops a colorful and eclectic look, layering in the modern with the old. Yes, it takes time and patience but finding meaningful and beautiful pieces gives kids’ rooms character.

While your kids are growing, it’s important to find pieces that are going to grow with your children so you’re not always finding yourself back at the drawing board, revamping their space. Remember to keep it fun and share ideas with your children to create the perfect space!

Building a Home by Yourself

Categories: Building Process, FAQs | Posted: July 20, 2017


The first question that comes to mind when you have your own property is whether to self-build or choose to go with a professional home builder. It’s possible to be your own contractor and save money, but you need to first evaluate if you have the time, organizational skills, business expertise, and technical knowledge to get the job done. Or you need to be able and willing to hire the people you need to fill in the gaps in your knowledge to have full confidence that the work is done correctly, the first time.

Pros of being your own contractor

+If all goes according to plan, it can save you money.
+You maintain full control of the project which gives you a better chance of achieving your vision.
+If you hire excellent subcontractors, overall job quality will be great even if you are relatively inexperienced in the field.
+You have pride and satisfaction of designing and building your own home.

Cons of being your own contractor

+Actual savings are usually less than expected due to unanticipated expenses and cost overruns.
+The project will probably take more time and energy than you expect.
+The job will likely have more unexpected problems due to lack of experience.
+Quality of construction may suffer.
+You will be absorbing most of the risk for cost overruns, and for construction problems that occur during the job and after you move in. (In most cases, there will be no one to blame but yourself).
+Obtaining a construction loan may be difficult. 

Interested in being your own contractor, visit here to better understand what it takes and professional advice to help guide you through the process.

What are your hidden costs to build?

Categories: Building Process, FAQs | Posted: July 14, 2017

The “hidden costs to build a new home can be broken down into three basic categories: lot, loan, and living expenses.

The primary hidden costs when building your home come from lot situations or circumstances…How much driveway you need? How much underground utilities? Do you need a sewer plant, culvert, or dirt pad? Things like that. A site evaluation  by your builder can generally clear up a lot of the guesswork on these things!

For financing, most people know about closing costs (which will include things like your appraisal fee, an origination fee, filing expenses, inspection fees, title searches and examinations & a No Work Affidavit). this is the bulk of expenses for both mortgage and construction loans, but there are a few other costs you might want to keep in mind. For construction loans, once you make your first draw you will need to begin making the “interest payment” on the amount you’ve used to dat. This means you will be paying a “mini-house note” during the actual construction. There’s also generally a smaller closing fee that needs to be paid in order to roll your construction loan into your permanent mortgage. Additionally, if you put down less than 20% on your home, you will have to pay PMI (private mortgage insurance) which protects your lender if you were to default on your payments.

After closing, aside from the basic set-up needs like blinds, furniture, and any moving expenses, i.e. truck rental, moving crew, etc.), you will also need to have all of your utilities set up and turned on. Water, electrical, gas and sewer companies all charge a “connection fee” and can even ask for your first month’s payment in advance. Depending on our home location and personal preferences, you might also need to arrange for trash service, alarm installation and landscaping.

Like with all big like changes, moving into a new home comes down to “wants” and “needs.” Just figure out what absolutely needs to be done and then add the rest gradually as you can! At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, will you really mind waiting to get that perfect patio furniture for the first couple months when you’re in your brand new, gorgeous home??