Finalizing your personalized selections
After you’ve purchased a home with Minto Communities, you’ll have one-on-one appointment(s) with your Design Centre Consultant who will help you personalize your new home with a range of options, additional investments and high-quality finishes — expertly selected so you’re always on trend!
One of the exciting things about buying a brand new home is the opportunity to personalize some of the finishes and if you choose, invest in additional features available for purchase. However, we know the number of choices and financial decisions can be overwhelming. Minto helps equip you to make these decisions by providing an orientation to the Design Centre process prior to your first design appointment through various materials and resources.
One of the best ways you can prepare for your design appointment(s) is to browse the optional selections available for your home prior to meeting your Design Consultant. You can learn about the additional investments through our online catalogues. These documents also allow you to preview the finishes that are available to select from and start assembling colour schemes from our extensive library of samples.
We also recommend you virtually tour our model homes to get ideas and understand what you would like in terms of look and feel. Browsing these resources will allow you to attend your design appointments fully prepared to turn your house into a home that truly reflects you and be confident when asked to finalize your selections as part of your final design appointment.
Please note that due to health and safety measures, the Design Centre is temporarily unavailable for physical browsing. You can prepare for your appointments by touring the Design Centre virtually and also by viewing our online catalogues of framing and finishing options.
The timing and sequence of your appointment(s) is driven by the construction schedule and the occupancy/closing date for your new home. When the time is right, the Design Centre will reach out and work with you to schedule your virtual and in-person Design appointments. These one-on-one meetings with your Design Consultant are the best time to fully understand the value of the included features in your home, ask about additional investment options, inquire about pricing and receive expert advice about styles and finishes that add value and suit your lifestyle.
At the conclusion of your appointment(s), you will be asked to finalize all decisions regarding your home’s selections. If you are making any additional investments, we ask that you bring your selected method of payment to these appointments. A payment is necessary at the time you commit to the additional investments you have selected so that we can order materials and finalize the schedule so we can deliver your new home just as you have designed it.
Types of selections
Finishing selections relate to decorative details and finishes and often play a leading role in personalizing your home. Finishing selections may include flooring, cabinetry, countertop, interior door styles, trim selection and much more.
You can view our selection of samples here:
Consider your appliance openings
During your Design appointment(s), you will have an option to change the size of your appliance openings in your kitchen. If you would like to accommodate a larger/wider fridge, a gas stove, slide-in (versus stand-alone) oven, and so on, your Design appointment(s) is the time to make these changes. It is important to understand that appliances must comply with all building and electrical code requirements, and as such, some restrictions may apply to what options can be selected. We recommend browsing for appliances prior to your first design appointment, as changes to these openings cannot be accommodated once your selections are finalized.
Key Information About Personalizing Your Home
What comes with my new home and are there any options for me to select from?
The Features and Finishes section in your Agreement of Purchase and Sale outlines all items included in your new home. At the Minto Communities Design Centre, your Design Consultant will provide assistance with personalizing your home by guiding you through the available selections for your included finishes. If you choose, your Design Consultant will also help you explore and select from our menu of additional investments that are available for purchase.
How can I prepare for my Design Centre appointment(s)?
We recommend gathering inspiration from a number of sources including magazines, websites, visiting our Minto model homes (in-person or virtually), and browsing the catalogues of available selections and finishes. This will help to define your own personal colour and style preference and give you some ideas to share with your Design Consultant.
Prior to your Design appointments, you will receive an information package orienting you to the process and outlining payment options, available additional investments and items to consider when finalizing your selections, such thinking about any appliances you plan to purchase.
When you meet with your Design Consultant, it’s also a good idea to share some details about your lifestyle, such as if you have pets, children, allergies, if you like to entertain and so on, so they can make recommendations that best suit you and your household.
How many one-on-one appointments will I have with my Design Consultant?
Depending on the type of home purchased, you could have between one and four appointments. In order to keep the meeting focused and ensure you have the time to fully review presented options and absorb any financial considerations, we kindly ask that only the homeowners on title attend. We recommend a sitter be arranged for any small children during your appointments as our focus will be on making important decisions for your home and in our experience, it is not much fun for the little ones. Your Design Consultant’s office can comfortably accommodate 2 to 3 adults.
Why do I need to finalize my selections so early in the process?
Many homeowners ask us why they are being asked to choose and finalize selections so far in advance of construction starting. Once you have completed your appointments at the Design Centre there is a lot of work done in the background to prepare for building your home in accordance with your personalized selections. The finalization of your selection package sets the first stages of construction into motion where we obtain building permits, order all necessary materials and schedule our trade partners
Having your selections finalized in advance of construction allows us to coordinate the delivery of materials and trade schedule to align with completion for your scheduled closing.
Please note that during the pandemic, to accommodate some health and safety measures, your selection appointments may not occur prior to construction, but in phases once construction has commenced.
Once you have finalized and authorized your selections in your final design appointment, we provide the documentation to our construction team and trade partners for ordering and scheduling purposes. We refrain from making changes after these crucial details have been circulated as multiple selections can create the opportunity for errors.
We ask for your cooperation and understanding in our decision not to permit changes after your selection finalization so that we can avoid risks to the quality of your home’s finishes and delivery date.
Deciding whether to purchase additional investments for your new home is a personal choice, and you should feel comfortable sharing details of your preferences, lifestyle and budget with your Design Consultant so that they can make recommendations that are right for you. The Design Centre will provide you with a list of the additional investments that includes pricing for the most frequently requested optional features. During your appointment, detailed pricing specific to your home will be provided to help you make your decisions.
If you are one of the first people purchasing a home in your new community or if you are purchasing a new model, we may not be able to provide you with detailed pricing information until shortly before your appointment.
DID YOU KNOW?
When you purchase additional investments for your home through the Design Centre you have the added convenience and peace of mind of the work being completed by our experienced trade partners, the convenience of installation and having the purchased feature included in your new home warranty. The price includes supplying and installing the selection, as well as delivery, taxes, and warranty. This is important to remember when you are considering the investment value of any option and comparing them with other choices.
Many homeowners take advantage of the option to add the cost of their additional investments to their home’s purchase price via an Amendment to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. This payment option is available when you purchase a minimal amount of additional investments (the minimum varies by home type and region) and requires you to provide a deposit when you authorize your selections in addition to pre-approval from your financial institution for an amount that includes the new total purchase price of your home. We recommend obtaining approval for your home’s purchase price plus any desired additional investments at the time of sale and ask that you bring this pre-approval letter to your design appointments.
Alternatively, you can pay for your additional investments in full at the time you authorize and finalize them. We currently accept cheque, debit, VISA and MasterCard. Please note that any additional investments added into your home, whether paid in full or added via Amendment to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale will appear on your final Statement of Adjustment at closing as part of your total purchase price.
What may appear to be a relatively minor alteration to any part of your home such as moving a wall or changing a door location may affect structural elements, plumbing infrastructure and very often will impact ductwork for heating and cooling and electrical components. Even in cases where internal systems aren’t affected, a custom change triggers new drawings, revised site instructions, building code checks, one-off materials procurement and delivery coordination along with other processes that can introduce the risk of error to your home’s schedule and finish quality.
Our Design team has developed a continuously evolving catalogue of thoughtfully designed framing selections and Flex Plans that offers alternative layouts designed to help our homeowners live better and meet the needs of a variety of preferences. We ask that you select exclusively from this menu of Flex Plans, framing selections and finish options as you personalize your home.
When you choose to invest by selecting one of our Flex Plans, you can be confident that the plan complies with the Ontario Building Code, that it’s been reviewed by our Design Centre team for space planning and investment value, and that all necessary re-engineering of your home systems has been done.