Questions about building (EN)
Does Swisshaus build prefabricated houses?
No. Our brick houses are built block by block using masonry and concrete. The work is carried out by local builders together with long-standing partner firms of Swisshaus. Our wood houses are erected by our wood-construction partner from eastern Switzerland to a low-energy house design. Swisshaus offers house models with sophisticated layouts that can be custom-modified and have already been built several times.
When do I need to pay for the house?
Thanks to a staggered payment system, you make the payments in instalments. The first down-payment is due when the contract is signed. Payments are then made in line with the progress of the project. The following stages are critical: submission of the application for a building permit, construction start, basement ceiling concreted, roof framework installed, screed floor put down, moving-in date. The last payment is made when the statement of final building costs is submitted. To give you peace of mind and help you keep a handle on the costs, we open a separate general contractor escrow account with the bank of your choice that is used to handle all incoming and outgoing payments for your building project.
How long does building take and when can I move in?
It normally takes between six and eight months to build a brick house. This period does, however, depend upon the size of the building project, the topographical features and the weather conditions when the shell is being erected. We discuss your preferred moving-in date with you during the planning phase. We take this as our target date during the entire construction phase. As soon as the shell has been erected, we can guarantee the definitive moving-in date. It generally takes more time to plan wood houses but less time to build them as the wood elements for our low-energy houses are already produced whilst the foundations and basement are being concreted. It takes one to two days to mount erect elements, after which the interior can be completed.
What is the warranty and how long does it last?
Swisshaus provides a six-year warranty for your home. Any building defects not caused by inadequate building maintenance or normal wear and tear are covered by this warranty. The warranty period (period permitted to submit a notice of defect) runs for two years after completion, during which time outstanding defects are noted and rectified. After this, Swisshaus is liable for hidden defects for the statutory period of three years plus an additional year granted by Swisshaus. These are defects that only arose after the original warranty period expired. To find out more, see handing over the keys & guarantee.
Does Swisshaus use local builders?
Yes. Wherever possible and it makes sense, we commission local builders to carry out the work. At the same time, we collaborate with long-standing, reliable partner firms. When selecting the builders, Swisshaus takes account of the wishes of the owner.
What is included in the house price?
All costs for the building are included in the house price – including the basement if one is planned. When calculating the price of a house, Swisshaus starts from a clearly defined construction execution plan that is included in the construction specifications. Furthermore, our customer advisors and project managers use a construction costs forecast to let you know about any additional costs accruing for changes and special requests. Besides the building costs, the construction costs forecast includes the land costs, the cost of preparation and related work, and the ancillary building costs (e.g. building permit, insurance policies or connection fees for drains/water, etc.). This means you have an overview of the total costs at all times.