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5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place.

To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 5 tips to keep in mind if you are considering new construction:

1. Hire an Inspector

Despite the fact that builders must comply with town and city regulations, a home inspector will have your best interests in mind! When buying new construction, you will have between 1-3 inspections, depending on your preference (the foundation inspection, the pre-drywall inspection, and a final inspection).

These inspections are important because the inspector will often notice something that the builder missed. If possible, attend the inspection so that you can ask questions about your new home and make sure the builder fixes any problems found by the inspector.

2. Maintain good communication with your builder

Starting with the pre-construction meeting (where you will go over all the details of your home with your project manager), establish a line of communication. For example, will the builder email you every Friday with progress updates? If you are an out-of-state buyer, will you receive weekly pictures of the progress via email? Can you call the builder and if so, how often? How often can you visit the site?

3. Look for builder’s incentives

The good thing about buying a new home is that you can add the countertop you need, the mudroom you want, or an extra porch off the back of your home! However, there is always a price for such additions, and they add up quickly!

Some builders offer incentives that can help reduce the amount you spend on your home. Do your homework and see what sort of incentives the builders in your area are offering.

4. Schedule extra time into the process

There are many things that can impact the progress on your home. One of these things is the weather, especially if you are building in the fall and winter. Rain can delay the pouring of a foundation as well as other necessary steps at the beginning of construction, while snow can freeze pipes and slow your timeline.

Most builders already have a one-to-two-week buffer added into their timelines, but if you are also in the process of selling your current home, you must keep that in mind! Nobody wants to be between homes for a couple of weeks.

5. Visit the site often

As we mentioned earlier, be sure to schedule time with your project manager at least once a week to see the progress on your home. It’s easy for someone who is not there all the time to notice little details that the builder may have forgotten or overlooked. Additionally, don’t forget to take pictures! You might need them later to see exactly where that pipe is or where those electrical connections are once they’re covered up with drywall!

Bottom Line

Watching your home come to life is a wonderful experience that can sometimes come with hassles. To avoid some of these headaches, keep these tips in mind!

If you are ready to put your current home up for sale and find out what new construction is available in your area, call a local real estate agent who can help you with the sale of your current home and the search for your new one.

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8 replies
  1. Taylor Anderson
    Taylor Anderson says:

    One of my friends got engaged, so he and his fiancee may want to buy a home in the near future. I like how you pointed out that they should hire an inspector, as it will help them know if their new home is safe. Thanks for all the great tips on buying a newly built home.

  2. Sam Li
    Sam Li says:

    I like what you said about visiting a site often when building a home. I think that working with a real estate agent is a great way to save time. I want to buy a home, so I’ll call a reliable company in my area.

  3. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    I totally agree with you in that it is important to get your home inspected before buying it. Personally, I would want to take the time to check with a home builder in order to get the type of house I need. Comparing several contractors can help you find the best one to build and inspect your new house. http://platinumserieshomes.net/

  4. Adrian Jones
    Adrian Jones says:

    I like how you talk about establishing a solid line of communication when it comes to talking with the construction team that would be handling building the house that you would be living in. At the same time when it comes to buying a new home, you can add all the additional amenities that you want like a dirty kitchen, or a mudroom, or even another porch out back–but it’s always important to keep in mind that the more you add on, the more the overall total would cost! If I had a chance to buy a new townhome and there’s still wiggle room to add a room or two I would definitely ask for a dirty kitchen to be added as well as another extra guestroom just in case it would still fit the area. https://hamlethomes.com/new-townhomes-salt-lake-area/

  5. Lillian Ferguson
    Lillian Ferguson says:

    This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home. I love reading your article and I hope that I will read some more about this stuff.

  6. Marwood Construction
    Marwood Construction says:

    Owning a house of your own can not only be a dream come true, but it also is an experience worth cherishing for a lifetime. More so, if the experience is lived with a contractor that knows the work well. Reputable contractors who are in this field for long can add on to the entire journey and make it memorable. Should you be looking for one such contractor, ensure you go only for the best. Do your research, check client testimonials, and speak to others who have worked with contractors for their new home to know who you can contact for your work.


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