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FOIRE AUX QUESTIONS (FAQ)

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  • Is land included in the sales prices of your homes displayed on the web?
    Yes. The sales prices of our houses include a standard plot of land (812.5 m2). The choice of land is at the discretion of the buyers according to those available at the time of signing the sales contract.
  • Is there a local improvement tax? (Also called: infrastructure tax or sector tax)
    No. The value of costs related to the construction of street infrastructure (water, sewer, asphalt, concrete curb, street lights, etc.) is included in the value of the land. There are therefore no additional taxes to pay other than municipal taxes and school taxes.
  • What type(s) of soil are found on the land?
    The soil present in the area is mainly rocky, it is largely composed of pebbles and rock. It is very common to reach the rock during excavation. Occasionally, a mixture of earth and clay can be found, but the density and small quantity of this mixture in no way jeopardize the stability of the building and in no way prevent the land from draining effectively in the spring.< /p>
  • Are the concrete foundations backfilled with the existing soil?
    Yes. All projects are backfilled with the material that was previously excavated to create the foundations. The composition of the existing soil meets all the requirements of the Quebec Construction Code regarding backfill materials.
  • What telecom providers are available in the area?
    Television: Bell and Cogeco Internet and telephone: Télébec, Cogeco, Sogetel and Bell
  • What happens if spoil material (excavated soil) is missing or in excess?
    During rough leveling at the end of the work, all piles of soil will be spread on the ground. In the event that, following rough leveling, the excavated material remains, it will be removed and transported to another site at our expense. However, in the opposite case, if filling material is necessary, the transport and spreading of this are not included.
  • Is earthworks included?
    No. No earthworks are included with the purchase. Only rough leveling of the existing ground on the land will be carried out before taking possession of the house. This rough leveling is in no way a preparation of the land for earthworks, it mainly consists of ensuring the distance of surface water from the foundations of the house over the first two meters (6') at the perimeter of the house.
  • Is the construction of a gravel parking driveway included?
    No. No parking driveway is included on our projects, whatever its nature; gravel, asphalt, concrete, paving stone, etc. However, if you wish, we can send you the contact details of our excavator so that you can make an agreement with him for the construction of a parking driveway which will be done at the same time as the rough leveling of the land at the end of the work. . The costs related to this development will be payable directly to the excavator and cannot be added to the final project balance (mortgage).
  • Is it possible to add the earthworks to the sales contract?
    In the majority of cases the answer is no. The reason being that we strongly recommend waiting for at least one freeze-thaw cycle (1 winter) before undertaking any exterior landscaping work (earthworks, parking, access driveways, concrete slabs, etc.). .). During the first winter, the soil will naturally decompact due to freezing and thawing, which will cause uneven soil movements all over the land. This uneven settlement of the land could cause undulating grass areas, cracking of concrete slabs and/or asphalt parking paths, etc. So, since we cannot carry out the earthworks before delivery of the house, it becomes very complicated to guarantee a price to buyers for an entire year and therefore to add this amount to the final balance of the project. However, please note that it is possible to add an additional amount to your mortgage for carrying out this work the following year. Contact your mortgage advisor to find out how to proceed.
  • Do the trees on the land we choose belong to us?
    Yes. If there are trees on the land you choose, they belong to you, if they are located within the property limits (margins). However, it is important to know that Habitations Urbania does not offer any guarantee as to the quantity and/or quality and/or health of these. In addition, when part of the land is bordered by a forest, Habitations Urbania cannot guarantee the conservation of trees on future neighboring land. If buyers want to ensure they maintain a certain amount of privacy between their land and the neighboring land, we strongly suggest that they keep the trees present on their land and not take for granted that trees will be left on future neighboring lots. Habitations Urbania has no power/control over the felling of trees during the construction of a new street or during the preparation of a next phase. However, if the land is bordered by a wetland or a protected area, please note that unless there are exceptional circumstances, the existing vegetation will be preserved in its entirety since no work can be undertaken in this area (prohibited by the Ministry of the Environment).
  • Is the felling of trees on the land included?
    Partly. The felling of trees present in the area where the house is located (foundation square) is included. However, the transport of trees that will be felled is not included. Buyers will be able to keep felled trees for their personal use (e.g. wood for an outdoor fire). If buyers do not wish to keep the offal, we can provide them with a detailed quote concerning the transport of the latter to an external site. However, the felling of trees located outside the implantation zone is not included. It will be the responsibility of the buyers to take responsibility for the felling of the latter if this is their wish and the work must be undertaken after taking possession of the house.
  • Is land boundary included?
    No. Land boundaries are not included by Habitations Urbania upon purchase. However, unless there is a change, the developer of the land in the Domaine de la tour and Domaine de l'île sector has an agreement with the surveyor responsible for the cadastral of the new streets for the demarcation of the land at the start of the project. Once the construction work on a new street is completed, the surveyor has the mandate to demarcate all the land on this new street. However, since the boundaries of the land will be done before the start of construction sites, there is a strong risk that the boundaries will be buried and/or removed and/or lost during the work. Habitations Urbania does not offer any guarantee on the presence of the terminals upon delivery of the house, but nevertheless undertakes to take as much care as possible in order to preserve them.
  • Is it possible to just buy land and build later?
    Generally we do not sell land alone, without a building attached to it. However, certain exceptions may be possible if the following conditions are met; The purchase of the land must be made upon signing the purchase offer. We will have to go before a notary in the weeks following the signing of the purchase offer and the total value of the land will have to be paid to us. At this time, the buyers will become owners of the land and will have to assume all the resulting costs (mortgage, municipal & school taxes, etc.). Note that notary fees for the purchase of land are the responsibility of the buyers. Since we are not just selling land, we will need to link a business contract to the sale of the land. This business contract consists of ensuring the construction of the future house by Habitations Urbania. In other words, this contract obliges the buyers to have the house built by our company when the time comes. If for any reason the buyers were to resell the land, termination of the business contract will result in monetary penalties. This means that a contract termination fee must be paid to us. Since we do not build houses with custom plans, that is to say with plans that do not come from our plan bank available online, the Buyers will have to choose a house model from those we offer. Note, however, that all our plans can be modified if necessary (appearance, interior configuration, surface area, etc.) The construction must be carried out within a reasonable time; that is to say at the latest in the second year following the purchase of the land by the buyers. Since the land will belong to the buyers when the house is built and it will no longer be considered a turnkey house (house & land), this will result in specific payment conditions. Refer to the question "Is it possible to have one of your house models built on our land" to find out the applicable conditions.
  • Is it possible to have one of your house models built on our land?
    Yes. It is possible to build any of our house models on your land. The standard value of our land will then be subtracted from the sale price of the house you choose. However, building a house on land owned by clients involves certain conditions such as; Habitations Urbania cannot include the applicable government tax refund in the sale price of the house when it is not a turnkey project (house + ground). Therefore, the final sale price of the project will be charged with GST & QST only (no tax refund). However, buyers remain eligible for the tax refund, they will only have to request it themselves from the government. (Strongly suggested to use an accountant to make the request) Unlike a turnkey project, payment for the work will be made in progressive disbursements rather than in a single payment at the end of the work. Buyers will have to make three payments in total; one for every 33% of work completed. The costs related to work progress evaluations that may be required by the buyers' financial institution must be assumed by the latter. Additionally, it will be the buyers' responsibility to schedule these evaluations with a building appraiser. Habitations Urbania will not be responsible for the quality of the soil present on the land. In the event of poor soil quality which would prevent the solid foundation of the foundations, all costs related to corrective measures must be borne by the buyers. It will be the responsibility of the buyers to undertake any of the steps required to carry out the project with their municipality if the construction takes place outside of Bécancour (e.g.: building permit, permit for connection to sewer and aqueduct networks, request for exemption, etc.). In addition, it is the buyers' responsibility to ensure that the planned use of the building as well as its characteristics meet municipal standards and requirements.
  • What are the main assets of the land in the Domaine de la Tour sector in Bécancour?
    The land in the Domaine de la Tour sector offers several advantages: They are connected to municipal aqueduct and sewer networks, guaranteeing access to water and an efficient evacuation system. Each street serving these lands is asphalted and equipped with concrete curbs, ensuring a solid and aesthetic infrastructure. Complete infrastructure included: The value of costs related to the construction of infrastructure (water, sewer, asphalt, concrete curbs, street lighting, etc.) is directly included in the value of the land . This means that there are no additional taxes to pay, with the exception of municipal and school taxes. Advantageous taxation: Tax rates in Bécancour are lower than those in Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan, making investment in land here even more attractive p>
  • How close is the land to Trois-Rivières and the Bécancour battery industry?
    These lands benefit from a strategic location: Located just 10 minutes from Trois-Rivières, one of the main cities in the region, facilitating access to various services and attractions. 10 minutes from the battery industry in Bécancour, which is ideal for those working or interested in this booming sector.
  • Are these lands ideal for people working in Trois-Rivières or in the battery industry?
    Yes, these lands represent a perfect choice for those seeking proximity to their workplace while enjoying a high quality of life and advantageous taxation. They are therefore suitable for professionals, families and investors wishing to benefit from excellent value for money and a strategic location.
  • What is included in the listed sales prices of your homes?
    For complete details of the inclusions and exclusions of our projects, refer to our construction quote available online. Please note that the sale prices of our homes include the complete interior finishing of the ground floor (and the first floor if applicable) as well as the complete exterior finishing according to pre-established budget allocations. So, yes, according to the sales prices displayed the houses are 100% habitable and if you respect the established budgetary allocations, no additional or hidden costs will be added to the prices displayed.
  • Will we be able to choose the interior and exterior finishing materials?
    Yes. All finishing materials, both interior and exterior, are the buyers’ choice. You will have the opportunity to meet each of our representatives to make your personalized choices in store. Specific budgetary allocations are provided for each finishing material to choose, so you can make the choices that suit you from a wide range of possibilities and not from two or three materials previously selected by Habitations Urbania.
  • Can we add an attached garage?
    Yes. It is possible to add a garage to any of our house models. However, you must remain aware that adding a garage can have certain repercussions on elements of the house. E.g.: windows, interior configuration, room dimensions, roof morphology, etc.
  • Is basement finishing included?
    No. Basement finishing is not included in the base prices of our homes. However, partial finishing of some specific items is included. Here is a summary of the elements that will be present during delivery of the house in the basement; partial electricity (lights, switches, electrical outlets), baseboard heating and thermostat, all plumbing provisions under the concrete slab (drain, drain, etc.), plumbing and ventilation provisions for the washer-dryer, complete ventilation (VRC), complete insulation, installation of gypsum on exterior walls and load-bearing walls. Refer to the construction specifications for more details on the basic elements included in the basement.
  • Is it possible to only partially finish the basement?
    Yes. There are several possibilities when it comes to finishing the basement. For example, it is possible to finish a single room in whole or in part (e.g. bathroom, bedroom, etc.). It is also possible to partially finish the entire basement (e.g.: divisions, gypsum and joints). In summary, finishing the basement is a bit like an à la carte menu! Buyers choose what they need and we will adapt the basement finish according to these needs.
  • Is it possible to modify the construction plans that you offer?
    Yes. It is entirely possible to modify any of the construction plans. However, depending on the modifications to be made, plan modification fees may apply. The modifications can be of any kind; modification of the exterior appearance of the house, modification of the interior configuration, modification of windows, structural modification, etc. If you wish to make changes to one of our plans, a meeting will be scheduled so that we can take note of your needs and requests and following this meeting a detailed quote will be provided to you regarding the applicable fees for the requested changes. You can then make the decision to move forward with modifying the plans or to keep the basic plan.
  • Is it possible to extend a house?
    Yes. It is possible to extend any of our house models according to your needs. The extension of the house can be of any order; addition of a multi-generational annex, expansion in width and/or depth, addition of a living area above a garage, etc. In such a situation, a meeting will be scheduled to take note of your needs and following this meeting a detailed quote will be submitted to you according to the criteria you have mentioned.
  • Is it possible to provide our own construction plans?
    No. Unfortunately we do not do custom construction with plans that do not come from our plan bank. Carrying out a construction cost estimate for an entire project is very time-consuming and complex and the risks of errors and/or omissions during the calculations are considerable. We therefore prefer to avoid unpleasant surprises during the project for both buyers and us. This is why we always prefer to start from one of our basic plans and make as many modifications as necessary to adapt it to your tastes and needs.
  • Is it possible to carry out certain work ourselves around the house?
    Yes. We have no objection to buyers carrying out certain work inside the house, but under certain conditions. Since buyers will probably not be accredited to work on a construction site (RBQ, CCQ, etc.), the work they wish to undertake must be carried out after taking possession of the house. In addition, it is important to know that to benefit from the GCR guarantee plan, the contractor must carry out at least 51% of the work on the property and that specialized work such as electricity and plumbing must be carried out by companies accredited and holding the licenses required for new home construction sites. In summary, the contractor must go at least as far as installing the gypsum panels to satisfy the completion of 51% of the work. Here is a list of work that can be undertaken by buyers: Interior: 1) Drawing joints 2) Painting 3) Installation of ceramic floor coverings 4) Installation of kitchen and bathroom cabinets 5) Installation of plumbing fixtures 6) Installation of floating wood flooring 7) Interior finishing (doors, woodwork, wardrobe equipment, etc.) 8) End of construction cleaning Exterior: 1) Finishing the exterior cladding 2) Construction of the rear balcony in treated wood Note that since buyers must become owners of the house before being able to undertake work on it, it is impossible to overlap work carried out by the clients with that carried out by the contractor. In other words, if for example buyers wish to install floating wood flooring, they must take care of all the work that will follow according to the list listed above.
  • What are the construction times for a new house?
    Standard construction times for a single-family home are 3 months following receipt of the full required deposit, the buyers' mortgage approval letter and the permit of construction. However, certain conditions must be taken into account in order to respect the 3 month deadline; The project must start after the winter period (November 15 to March 15) unless there is a written agreement to the contrary. Holidays and holidays are excluded from the standard 3 month build time. That is to say, if the project is being carried out during a vacation period (e.g.: construction vacation), the duration of this vacation is added to the 3-month period. So in this situation, the construction time would be more like 3 months and 2 weeks. The materials to be used for the construction of the project must be available within a reasonable time. Therefore, in the event of production and/or delivery and/or manufacturing delays that are longer than what is normally expected and which are beyond the control of the contractor, these additional delays will be added to the standard delay of 3 months.< /p> The standard deadline of 3 months considers the use of finishing materials provided for in the construction specifications. In the event of a change to these materials by the buyers, additional construction times may have to be added. (Ex.: quartz countertop, custom railing, special order, etc.) In the event of a lack of electricity during the construction of the project due to a delay in connection to the electrical network by Hydro-Québec, it is possible that construction delays additional amounts are added to the time initially planned. The contractor has alternative solutions to continue the work despite the absence of electricity (e.g.: generator), but these alternative solutions are not as efficient as standard methods.
  • Can we sign a preliminary sales contract for construction in 2 or 3 years?
    No. Unfortunately, it is impossible to sign a preliminary sales contract for such a long construction time. The price of materials and labor as well as the value of the real estate market are constantly fluctuating factors, so it is impossible for the entrepreneur to guarantee a sale price over such a long period. In addition, since the entrepreneur owns the land, he would have to bear all the costs related to that chosen by the buyers (e.g. municipal & school taxes) over a very long period, which is not to his advantage. Preliminary contracts can be signed a maximum of 1 year before buyers take possession. However, in the event that buyers absolutely want a particular piece of land, but their current situation does not allow them to undertake the construction of their project within the next year, it would be possible to have recourse to the option of purchasing land linked to a business contract. (Refer to the terrain section for applicable conditions.)
  • Is it possible to visit our site during construction?
    Buyers are not permitted to visit their construction site if they have not been previously authorized or are not accompanied by a company representative. If buyers wish to visit their construction site, they must make a request to the contractor who can then schedule a site visit with them. It is imperative that buyers do not go to a construction site alone, mainly because construction site liability insurance does not cover in the event of an accident or injury.
  • Will we do a home inspection before taking possession?
    Yes. A pre-receipt inspection is planned before delivery of all houses. This inspection is required by the Residential Construction Guarantee (GCR) plan as well as the guarantee plan offered by the contractor.
  • When should the pre-receipt inspection take place?
    The inspection generally takes place the same day the buyers take possession of the house or the day before, provided that it must be carried out before the signing of the deed of sale before the notary. This inspection lasts on average between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes. The entrepreneur will contact the buyers when the time comes to plan this with them.
  • What does the pre-acceptance inspection of the house consist of?
    The pre-acceptance inspection of the house is mainly physical. Its main objective is to detect physical imperfections such as scratches, deformations, abrasions, etc. It also allows buyers to ensure that all finishing elements comply with their requests and choices. This inspection will be carried out with the contractor himself and an official inspection form drawn up by the GCR must be duly completed and signed in order to authenticate the end of the work and close the construction of the project. Following this inspection, no claim for physical breakage can be received by the contractor since it will be very difficult to conclude beyond any doubt that the breakage was present before the buyers' move or if it occurred during this one.
  • What are the acceptable limits during pre-receipt inspection?
    According to the APCHQ performance guide and the GCR inspection recommendations, an apparent defect (physical breakage) must be visible to the naked eye, at a distance of 2 meters (6') . A report of apparent poor workmanship not meeting these two criteria will not be received by the contractor. The latter undertakes to deliver the building in good condition, but wishes to remind buyers that the works are carried out by human hands and according to the realities of the site. Therefore, the contractor expects buyers to exercise judgment, discernment and good faith during the pre-receipt inspection. In consideration of the above, the inspection must take into account the acceptable limits of the environment in the evaluation of minor defects or normal wear caused during construction.
  • Do we need to hire a building inspector for the pre-acceptance inspection?
    No. There is no need to hire a building inspector for this inspection. Since this inspection is mainly superficial, buyers have all the skills and competencies required to judge their satisfaction with the physical integrity of the premises. In addition, since the house is new and will be guaranteed for the following 5 years, buyers can have peace of mind in the event of a possible claim to the contractor. Note that buyers are not prohibited from hiring a building inspector if they wish.
  • Can we be accompanied during the pre-receipt inspection?
    Yes. During the pre-receipt inspection, buyers can be accompanied by a relative if they wish. However, the entrepreneur limits the number of guests to one companion per buyer for a maximum of two additional guests. This limitation is intended to ensure cohesion and the smooth running of the inspection. Often, invited relatives have the natural reflex of wanting to overprotect and/or help buyers, which is completely normal. However, their desire for overprotection most of the time impairs their good judgment and they become very picky in evaluating minor defects without taking into account acceptable limits. This often results in divergent opinions between buyers, guests and the contractor and causes uncomfortable situations for everyone. In short, the pre-receipt inspection must remain a great step in the purchasing process and we want everything to go smoothly!
  • Will the work be 100% complete upon taking possession?
    Generally, all the work provided for in the sales contract should be completed when you take possession of the house, but it sometimes happens that certain work remains to be completed. In such a situation, the work that remains to be completed will not prevent you from moving to your new home. The contractor always prioritizes his staff on the interior of the house before the exterior, thus ensuring that buyers can move in on the scheduled date. The work that may need to be completed following taking possession is generally as follows; Exterior coverings Exterior aluminum railing (front staircase) Exterior electrical finish (installation of lighting fixtures) Treated wood rear balcony Treatment of the land (rough leveling) Installation of quartz countertops (if applicable)
  • Do we have a guarantee on the completion of the work?
    Yes. The work that remains to be completed after taking possession of the house will be reported on the pre-receipt inspection form, which will be signed by all parties as a commitment. In addition, depending on the nature and extent of the work to be completed at the time of signing the deed of sale, the contractor can offer to buyers that the executing notary keeps a sum equivalent to the value of the work to be completed. as security in his trust account. Note that this monetary withholding is based on the goodwill of the contractor and that he is not obliged to offer this guarantee. It is therefore essential that buyers understand that the sums retained by the notary cannot be used for any other purpose than to pay the contractor following completion of the work. It will therefore be imperative that buyers collaborate in the release of funds at the end of the work.
  • Are we the ones who need to make an appointment with the notary for the deed of sale?
    Yes. It is the buyers' responsibility to schedule an appointment with the notary they have mandated to sign the deed of sale. It is strongly suggested to contact a notary as soon as possible, especially if the transaction must take place during a busy period such as June and July. Notaries' calendars fill up very quickly, so it could be that the notary you were planning to instruct will no longer be available if you delay in making your appointment. Ideally, we suggest buyers contact their notary 2 months before the planned possession. The appointment must be scheduled on the same day as the taking of possession agreed in the preliminary sales contract. As soon as the time and day of the appointment are fixed by the buyers with the notary, the latter must notify the contractor so that he can coordinate the appointment for the pre-reception inspection of the house before the notarized meeting.
  • When will we receive the house keys?
    The keys are given to the buyers upon signing the deed of sale in front of the notary. As soon as the deed of sale is signed by all parties, the keys will be given to you and you can then begin your move. You will finally be the owner!
  • Is there a warranty plan included with the purchase of a house?
    Yes. The sale prices of our houses include their registration in the residential construction guarantee plan (GCR). The fees for registering a building in the guarantee plan offered by the GCR represent an amount of approximately $2,000.00 per project. In addition, the contractor also offers a warranty plan equivalent to that of the GCR with the house. Buyers therefore have two comprehensive warranty plans when purchasing a home.
  • How long is the warranty plan?
    The house is guaranteed, both by the contractor and by the GCR, for a period of 5 years. However, not all work is covered for 5 years. The warranty plan provides 3 levels of coverage, namely; 1 year; non-apparent defect 3 years; hidden defect 5 years; major defect & construction defect Refer to the corresponding section of our website for more details on warranty levels.
  • Do we have a guarantee on the deposits that we will pay to the contractor?
    Yes. In the event that the contractor fails to respect its contractual commitments regarding the construction of the building or that the company is dissolved, the GCR guarantee plan provides coverage for deposits and advances up to up to $60,000.00.
  • Is the warranty transferable upon resale of the house?
    Yes. The warranty plan is transferable upon resale of a property, under the same conditions and levels of coverage. The guarantee plan belongs to the building and not to the owner, so it will remain valid for a period of 5 years, regardless of the number of owners of the house. Also note that when transferring a warranty plan, the latter does not reset, it simply continues to apply. In other words, if the buyers resell the house after 3 years of occupation, the new owner will benefit from the remaining two years of warranty.
  • Who should I contact for a complaint or service request in the event of a problem?
    The first person to contact if there is a problem with your home is always the contractor. This person will be able to ask the right questions on the issues raised by buyers to better direct and organize the service request. He will also be able to notify you if your claim is no longer under warranty. The GCR guarantee plan acts as a secondary safeguard in the event of refusal or negligence by the contractor in requests for after-sales services. It is important to know that the residential construction guarantee (GCR) works for buyers and not for contractors. It has put in place very severe measures to penalize entrepreneurs in the event of a complaint by a buyer. The simple fact of opening a claim file with the GCR risks leading to monetary penalties for your contractor as well as a reduction in its excellence rating, in addition to damaging its file with the insurer. In short, first of all, always contact your contractor!
  • Do we need to take out construction insurance during construction?
    No. No construction insurance is required from buyers during the construction of their project. The contractor holds all required construction insurance during the execution of the work. However, if buyers plan to carry out work on their home themselves, they will need to purchase specific insurance to cover these activities. In addition, in the event of construction on land belonging to the buyers, it will be necessary for them to take out civil liability insurance. Buyers will also need to take out home insurance effective from the date they take possession of the house.
  • Are pyrrhotite tests done on concrete used for foundations?
    Yes. Tests are carried out on the aggregates taken from the quarry which will be used to make the concrete mix. The certificates are held by the concrete supplier itself and not by the contractor, but it is still possible to obtain a copy if the buyers request one. Rest assured, the pyrrhotite saga is behind us and all companies remain extremely vigilant regarding the possible presence of this bacteria. Note, however, that no pyrrhotite tests (coring) will be carried out directly on the foundation walls on site.
  • Do your home sale prices include taxes and tax refunds?
    Yes. The displayed sales prices of our homes include GST & QST as well as applicable government tax refunds.
  • Are there hidden costs that are not mentioned in the construction estimate?
    No. No additional amount or hidden costs will be required during the project. All amounts necessary for the complete completion of the construction work have been included in the sale prices of our homes. In other words, your only “job” to respect the initial sale price of the house you choose is to respect the budgetary allocations provided for in the construction estimate and not to add any additional work to the project.< /p>
  • Are the selling prices of your homes fixed?
    The sales prices of our homes are always established based on a precise price list of materials and the construction conditions in force. So theoretically, the selling prices of our homes are fixed and should not vary unless there are additions and/or modifications by buyers. However, the contractor is not immune to an unpredictable increase in the cost of construction materials, the cost of labor, the cost of delivery and/or transportation, etc. In such a situation, the entrepreneur will be entitled, by justifying such an increase to buyers, to revise upwards the initial sale price of the house. This is why the price list used to establish the sale price of the house will be annexed to the preliminary sales contract upon signature. This price list will serve as a reference between the cost of materials anticipated at the selling price and the actual cost of materials ordered at the site during construction.
  • Is a security deposit required before starting the project?
    Yes. A minimum security deposit equivalent to 5% of the preliminary sales contract value is required before construction begins. This deposit can be made in two installments, according to the following payment terms; A first deposit of $5,000.00 is required within 3 business days following the signing of the preliminary sales contract A second deposit equivalent to 5% of the value of the sales contract (- $5,000.00) is required within 3 business days following receipt of the buyers' mortgage approval.
  • Are security deposits refundable?
    No. Deposits are non-refundable if buyers withdraw before, during or after the construction of the project, for any reason whatsoever. In the event of withdrawal by the buyers, the entrepreneur to retain all of the deposits paid as liquidated damages, subject to any other recourse that may be exercised by the latter. The only deposit that can be refunded to buyers is the first deposit of $5,000.00 in the event of refusal of financing by their financial institution, but subject to certain reservations and conditions. These security deposits (advance payments) will be deducted from the final balance of the construction.
  • What happens if I choose a finishing material that exceeds the planned budget allocation?
    All our representatives are informed of the applicable budget allocations for each project before meeting with buyers in store. When making your choices, our representatives will be able to present to you the products respecting the planned allocations and to advise you in the event of products outside the budget. In the event that you choose a product outside of your budget, a detailed estimate of the applicable additional amounts will be sent to you by email in the following days by Habitations Urbania. In this quote you will find all the details on the applicable additional amounts, the quantities required, additional labor, etc. Based on this quote, you will be free to accept additional costs or change your choices for less expensive products. It is important to know that no orders will be placed until we have received written approval of the quote from the buyers.
  • Do we have to pay for extras immediately in the event of out-of-budget material choices?
    No. All additional amounts that accumulate during your choice of materials or during the project will be added to the final balance of your project. The value of the final balance of your project will represent the value of your mortgage (less the down payment you wish to make).
  • When will we be able to know the final value of our project?
    All final documents related to the total and final balance of the buyers' project will be available approximately 1 month before the planned possession of the house. All final documents will be sent to buyers by email for approval before being sent to the notary they have mandated. These final documents include; All invoices and/or credit notes issued since the start of the project Receipts for deposits made by buyers A summary of the project statement Details of applicable taxes and tax credits An addendum signed by the buyers, for approval of the final balance of their project Proof of registration of the house in the GCR guarantee plan with the registration number
  • Do we have to deal with your notary?
    No. The choice of notary is at the buyers’ discretion. However, the business location of the notary mandated by the buyers must be within a maximum radius of 20 kilometers from the entrepreneur's head office. In the event of a choice of notary outside the prescribed radius, travel costs and fees will be invoiced to buyers and added to the final balance of their project.
  • Are notary fees included in the sale prices?
    No. All costs related to the notarial deeds for the purchase of the property must be borne by the buyers. In the event that fees are invoiced to the contractor by the buyers' notary before or after signing the deed of sale, the buyers will be required to pay the full amount requested.
  • When should we start paying municipal taxes and electricity?
    Buyers will be responsible for paying municipal taxes & school as well as payment of the electricity account from the day they become owners of the house. That is to say, from the signing of the deed of sale before a notary. The mandated notary will ensure that municipal and school taxes are distributed in proportion to the days of occupancy of the buyers and the contractor when signing the deed of sale.
  • What shops and activities can I find in the area?
    There are a wide variety of options: In Ste-Angèle: Discover the artisanal soap factory La Maison de Bibi, the Biodiversity Museum, among others. In Bécancour: Enjoy the Auberge Godefroy, Golf Godefroy, and more. In Saint-Grégoire: Visit the Le 55 hotel complex, Harley-Davidson Bécancour, and other local businesses.
  • Where can I find leisure or cultural activities?
    Options include: In Ste-Angèle: The Quai de Sainte-Angèle for parties and special events. In Bécancour: Godefroy Ecological Park for outdoor activities. In each area you will find various interesting seasonal shops and activities.
  • What are the grocery and dining options in the area?
    Each nearby area offers a variety of choices: Ste-Angèle: L’AMI Market, Ô Quai des brasseurs, and others. Bécancour: From gourmet catering to the pub, including the Pizzeria du parc. Saint-Grégoire: Épicerie Métro Plus, Rôtisserie Benny&Co., and more.
  • Where can I find a good restaurant or place to cool off during the summer?
    Options include: In Ste-Angèle: Le p’tit Phare snack bar and others. In Bécancour: Resto le Godefroy, Bistro le Balzac, and more. For summer options, explore Marché Godefroy or the new offerings near our offices.
  • What health care and wellness options are available?
    For health and well-being, you will find: In Ste-Angèle: Several private massage therapy and beauty clinics at home. In Bécancour: Various services including AmériSpa and Chiropractic Clinic. In Saint-Grégoire: The 3R Dental Center, Veterinary Clinic, and other health services.
  • What daycare options are available in the area?
    In the region, you will find: In Ste-Angèle: Académie les p’tits Bonzaï and several family daycares. A CPE Chez moi chez toi will open soon. In Bécancour: CPE at my place at your place near the primary school. In Saint-Grégoire: Les Apprentis-Sages Daycare.
  • Are there primary schools in the area?
    Yes, there are several choices: Ste-Angèle offers Explorami and an Alternative School, with a new school planned for fall 2024. Bécancour at Terre des Jeunes Primary School. In Saint-Grégoire, you will find the Beauséjour primary school.
  • Where are the nearest secondary schools located?
    For secondary education, you can choose: In Nicolet: Jean-Nicolet secondary school and Collège Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption. In Saint-Léonard D’Aston: Découverte secondary school.
  • Is there a public transportation service in Bécancour?
    Yes, Bécancour offers a public transportation service. For more details on schedules, routes and other information, please visit the MRC de Bécancour People Transport website: tpmrcb.ca/home.
  • Is there a transportation service between the MRC of Bécancour and Trois-Rivières, particularly for students?
    Yes, a transportation route is offered to go from Bécancour to Trois-Rivières. This service is specially designed to meet the needs of students. For more details on schedules, routes and other information, please visit the MRC de Bécancour People Transport website: tpmrcb.ca/home.
  • How does the paratransit service offered by the MRC de Bécancour People’s Transport work?
    Transport of people of the MRC de Bécancour offers an adapted transport service intended for people with permanent limitations requiring a specific transport service. Here are some important points: Availability: The service is available Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations: Reservations are required and must be made Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., then from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reservation deadline: A reservation must be made at least 24 working hours before travel. Cancellation: To avoid fees, cancellation of a reservation must be made before 7 a.m. on the scheduled day of travel. Admission: To use this service, users must first be admitted to the program. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the department directly. Prices (2023): Inside the territory:$3.50 travel Outside the territory:$7.00 for travel Dispatch center telephone: 819 298-3366 ext. 1 or toll-free 1 866 393-2134 ext. 1.
  • What is the student transfer service in Bécancour and how to use it?
    The Student Transfer Service is a convenient transportation option for teens, allowing them to change buses to various destinations. Here are some key details: Usefulness: This service is ideal for going to workplaces, medical appointments, sports practices, leisure activities, or visiting friends. Cost (2023): The cost per trip is $3.50. Access: Students can use this service to transfer to another bus to reach their desired destination. This service offers flexibility and autonomy to young people, making it easier for them to travel to various activities.

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