Are you contemplating of buying a new home construction? The great thing about buying a new home is that everything will be brand new. The roof, plumbing, and electrical will all be brand new. You will be greeted by a new home smell the first time that you will enter. There’s something to be said for the desirability of moving into a home that nobody has lived in before. Everything is perfectly clean and pristine, and every detail, from the biggest appliances to the molding along the baseboards was put there specifically for your use. While it’s not a necessity (and certainly many people love the pre-owned properties that they’ve purchased), if you’re someone who likes to keep things extra clean or is worried about scary surprises from a resale home, starting from scratch is a great way to go.
Who will oversee the new home construction and who can answer my questions once the building starts?
If the building company you are hiring is a large one, it is almost a certainty they will have someone overseeing the day to day operation of their building projects.Just because the owner of the company is experienced and capable does not mean the employees working on your home will be equally capable. There is nothing wrong with asking a few questions about who will be in charge of the building of your home.
Ask about adjustments that can be done
If you plan to make some modifications on the inside of the unit of your new home construction, make sure that this is allowed by the developer and up to what extent they allow. There are developers who would not allow any changes in their plans but there are those who entertain changes and can be negotiated or discussed before the construction begins.
Will the new home construction already have landscaping?
Depending on the size of your yard, landscaping, including putting in trees and plants, can set you back several thousand dollars or more. Is that a cost you’ll have to factor in on top of the home purchase? Some builders include your basic yard work, while others leave you with unfinished land that becomes your responsibility to landscape (and generally must be completed in a set amount of time, per the contract). Ask whether landscaping is included, and if so, what that entails and if there is any sort of warranty on the materials so that if your newly sodded grass dies right away or some other mishap occurs you’re not responsible for fixing it.
There will be no regrets when buying a new home construction, the process of getting your home built will not have any big levels of distress that will affect you. From permit issues to ongoing delays, this maybe a new challenge and an added expense. But when you’re well past that period, you can just look back on all the problems you have faced and laugh. And while it is nice to have my oversized bathtub and customized kitchen, you know that you would be willing to do the process all over again.