Howdy, friends! We’re excited to have you back to learn more about our home-building process. Specifically, we’ll be discussing what happens at sign-off on closing day. Of course, every home builder has a different process but here’s what it’s like for Hearthside homeowners!

If you’re new to our blog, welcome to Hearthside Homes of Kansas City! We are a semi-custom home builder based in Liberty, Missouri. What is a semi-custom home builder, you may ask? Essentially, our clients can either purchase one of our expertly designed spec homes or build with us from the ground up. Those who choose the build experience can pick one of our pre-designed floor plans and build it in one of our preferred communities. Then, they’ll get to make aesthetic decisions to personalize the space, such as paint, flooring, cabinetry, hardware, and more! 

Either way, whether our clients purchase a spec home or build with us from the ground up, the process at sign-off on closing day is the same. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing what you can expect at sign-off before we officially hand over the keys to your beautiful new construction home!


Before sign-off on closing day, you’ll do a walk-through with one of our experts. At this meeting, our goal is to have the home ready for you to move in! That being said, sometimes a second set of eyes may spot a few minor imperfections that need to be corrected. No big deal, just let us know and we’ll be happy to fix it!  

For example, you might notice a minor scratch on a wall. Simply place the provided blue painter’s tape on the area and one of our construction managers will do their best to get the issue resolved. 

About a week after this initial appointment, you’ll do a final walkthrough at sign-off on closing day. This is simply to review any corrections that you’ve requested at the prior walk-through. 

Homeowner Manual

At Hearthside Homes, we provide our clients with a Homeowner Manual. This guide has lots of useful information including appliance specs, paint colors, contact information, and our warranty guide. One of our experts will walk you through this information to see if you have any questions.


Speaking of warranty, did you know that Hearthside Homes is proud to offer a 12-month warranty on all of our new construction homes? Yep, you’ll rest soundly when you buy a Hearthside home! At sign-off on closing day, one of our pros will explain the warranty process to you. If you have any warrantable issues, simply reach out to our Warranty Manager around the 11-month mark of homeownership and we’ll get it taken care of. 

For example, new homes need time to settle and this can sometimes cause cracks in the base of your kitchen backsplash. As the home expands and contracts from season to season, it’s normal to expect these minor imperfections. No biggie, we’ll get it taken care of! 

Time To Sign

At last, once you approve the final walkthrough, you’ll get to sign the contract for your brand new home! Then, you’ll be provided with a little gift from the Hearthside team. Shhh… we can’t tell you what it is! That would ruin the fun, right?! 

What If Something’s Missing? 

Depending on the time of year you move in, you might not have sod when you sign-off on closing day. After all, sod is temperature sensitive and needs to be installed properly so that it will thrive! In this instance, you won’t sign off on the sod until we get the job done but you’ll still get to move into your new home. 

Smile For The Camera!

By this point, we hope you join our long list of happy Hearthside homeowners! Our marketing team will be ready to snap a photo of you with our company sign. We love sharing these on our Facebook and Instagram accounts! 

Head To The Tile Company 

Now, it’s off to the title company to make it official! Many of our homeowners opt to work with our trusted friends at Thompson Affinity Title. We’ve worked with them for years and know they’ll take good care of you!

Write A Review

Once you get a chance to settle into your new home, we would love for you to write us a Google review about your experience with Hearthside Homes! We appreciate this gesture so much, as it helps other house hunters discover our website.  

Did you know Hearthside Homes of Kansas City has over 100 5-star reviews on Google? Click here to check out our Google reviews and hear from some of our happy customers. Our client, Kim, shares on Google: 

“I highly recommend Hearthside. This was my first time purchasing a home on my own (much less a new home), and they were wonderful. Communication was excellent. I loved seeing the home’s progress on their website. Everyone assigned to my home was fantastic. They did a great job preparing me to move into the home. They get five+ stars from me.”

Watch This Customer Testimonial

Maybe you’re just starting the house hunting process or you’re searching for the right home builder to partner with. Don’t just take our word for it! Watch the video testimonial below to hear from some of our proud homeowners. Viktoriya and Minh canceled their contract with another builder who wasn’t giving them the confidence, reassurance, and professionalism they deserved. Instead, they purchased with Hearthside Homes and are very happy with their decision! Click here, or on the video below, to watch Viktoriya and Minh’s testimonial.

Discover Our Homes

House hunting in the Kansas City area? Be sure to take a look at our current listings by clicking here. You can also check out our 2-story, 1.5-story, reverse, ranch, and split-style floor plans.

At Hearthside Homes, we understand that choosing the right home builder is a big decision! After all, the purchase of your home is likely one of the biggest investments you’ll make. That’s why all of our new homes are inspected by third-party industry leaders. This comprehensive assessment includes: 

  • Cosmetic inspection
  • Third-party HVAC duct cleaning
  • Third-party sewer line inspection
  • Third-party home inspection

Plus, we offer a 12-month warranty on all of our new homes, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction. If you want to buy a home with confidence, take a look at our listings!

Learn More About Hearthside Homes

We hope this blog post has provided you with insight into what happens at sign-off on closing day at Hearthside Homes. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. You can contact one of our experts at (816) 781-0234. Our Design Center is located at 1915 Industrial Drive (#300), Liberty, MO 64068. Be sure to follow all the behind-the-scenes fun on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!