3 Tips For Buying A New Construction Home

Dated: 07/11/2018

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1. Hire areal estate agent

Oftentimes, buyers don’t feel areal estate agent is necessary when building a new home. After all, there’s a sales agent on-site to assist you with your questions, right? Wrong.

That agent works for the builder. They represent the developer’s interests.

A real estate agent will work on your behalf — and because the builder pays their commission, it costs you nothing to have someone represent you during the new-construction process.

2. Ask what’s included

Model homes are decked out with all the bells and whistles including high-end light fixtures, appliances, trim work, architectural detailing, and more. Avoid assumption and ask questions about every add-on or, better yet, ask the sales agent for a complete list of the extras in the model unit such as extra can lights, heights of doors, and more.

Does the house come with appliances? Landscaping in the front and backyards? Always list in detail anything that you expect, if it is not expressly disclosed in the contract.

3. Inspection & Walk Through

Home inspections aren’t just for previously built homes. In fact, the majority of real estate agents will recommend that you have the home inspected not only after it’s completed but also before drywall is installed.

After an inspection, it’s critical to do a walk-through with the builder. It’s during this time that you can point out major cosmetic issues (such as nail pops or chips in cabinetry) or any other major issues, such as missing landscaping that was included in your contract. My recommendation is to never close on a new-construction house without doing a final walk-through to ensure that all of the punch-list items have been completed to your satisfaction. The last thing you want after you move in is a bunch of contractors doing touch-ups and finish work while you are trying to enjoy your new house. Plus, if you don’t address it before closing, you may have a hard time getting the builder to fix anything once the home is officially yours.

Buying a new construction home can be a dream come true for many people.  There are a few major details to keep in mind before you get started.  Most likely you will be waiting on your home to be build for 6-12 months and it's important to know what you are getting yourself into.  I would be honored to answer your questions and help you find your "Home Sweet Home."

Kat Barker

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Kat Barker

Why Hire Kat Barker as Your Realtor® I’m a 2nd generation real estate professional. Both my parents have been in the business my entire life buying, selling and leasing real estate properties. T....

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