Buying a New Home
Buying a new construction home is almost everyone’s dream. But not everyone can afford to be the first owners of a new home. The next best ticket to home ownership is to buy a pre-owned home and remodel or renovate it according to the tastes and needs of a family. Buying a brand new home is still a dream for many homeowners who could start with an existing home and then move up to a new construction home when they can afford it.
But remember that buying a new construction home can also be a hindrance. It is not the same to buy an existing home. There are important considerations for the new home buyer. Here are five notable things:
Before You Start Searching for a Home
- Before starting the search get a good property with experience in selling new construction houses. They can protect you and make sure everything during the sale is done correctly.
- Find the best lender before starting the home search. They will tell you how much you can pay in payments and interest rates. The right lender can save a house by buying money. Understand all the financial options available to you. Get pre-approval for a loan before starting the home search.
- Before the home search begins, look at the different new construction neighborhoods and narrow the search to neighborhoods you can afford, and that appeal to you considering amenities and a convenient place to work and schools. The perfect house in the wrong neighborhood will not be a good choice. What are the amenities the builder plans for the construction? What is planned for the surrounding area in the near future? What is close to the planned neighborhood now? No one wants to be on a direct flight path from an airport or near a factory with harmful fumes.
- Look at the builders for the developments you’re considering. Check online reviews and ratings on customer satisfaction. Check with the Better Business Bureau for ongoing purchase complaints. Drive along to homes they’ve built, and take a look at their online website for house plans they offer. Take a look at their price compared to other builders. Ask the Agent that you have chosen to critique the good and bad points of each builder you consider.
- As a family, decide what is needed in a home and what every family member wants. Make a priority list of factors that matter in a new home, and try to get as many items on the list in any home considered. A home that does not meet the needs of a family is just not suitable. Don’t settle for a home that won’t be convenient and comfortable to live in.
When You Buy The New Construction House
Here are five considerations when looking for and buying a home:
- Remember that the model houses you visit are not the houses you will receive. Your house is yet to be built. Even if you specify that you want the same plan as the model home, it may not be the same. But you can customize each house to your liking. Paint and other finishes make a big difference without changing the cost if you stay according to the construction plans. If you like a floor plan except for a few changes, you can get the changes to the floor plan but it will cost more.
- Write down every detail of the new home purchase. This includes colors and finishes, floor plan changes, deadlines, and any other changes and choices. So if something is not so agreed upon, you have written proof of your choices.
- Get as many guarantees as possible and receive them in writing. This includes the home finished on time, the quality of construction and customer satisfaction. Ask these questions:
- What percentage of the homes in the project are sold?
- Who will you work with during construction?
- What features are included in the price, and what improvements increase the price of the home?
- How often can you visit the home during construction?
- What happens if the home completion is delayed?
- How are buyers ’concerns and complaints handled?
- What measures are being taken in construction to affect domestic energy?
- Timing is important. When will construction take place? How long will it last? A new home can take from seven months to a year to complete. If you can’t wait that long, consider buying the model home if it’s the right floor plan and appeals to you. Model homes are sold when a large percentage of the homes in the development are sold.
- When the home is finished, be sure to receive an independent home inspection and request a correction of defects prior to closing. Builders make mistakes, and it’s best to find them and fix them before closing. Home inspectors see things a homeowner would miss. Then pay attention during the tour and take accurate notes on things that are not appropriate. One of the advantages of buying a new home is that you don’t have to worry about repairs or things breaking or failing for quite some time. So make sure there are no defects before you close the house. The builder will be more willing to repair defects prior to closure.
Buying a new construction site is exciting. Most people buy the biggest house they can afford, and then experience a few surpluses due to changes that increase that investment. Try to avoid any costly changes during construction. Once the closing has taken place and the family has moved into the new home, make sure the furniture and belongings are correct and make sure the unpacking is done promptly so that the family can enjoy living in the new home. Meet your neighbors as soon as possible, and drive around the neighborhood to get to know the family, where all the amenities are located. Now, enjoy the new home.
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