So you are considering a new construction home? Luckily for us, new construction home developments are popping up all over the place. New construction is a great alternative to an older home, but it really comes down to personal preference. That being said, the process of purchasing a new construction home can be a bit different than purchasing an older home. Here are a few pieces of advice before you begin your journey:
- Hire a buyers agent at the start of your search: There are several builders out there that will not allow you to hire your own agent if you happen to walk through their sales office without an agent representation on the front end. This is because the builder may refuse to pay your agent at the end of the deal considering that they were not there in the first place to represent you. Simply ask your agent to introduce you to the builder and all should be good.
- Don’t assume upgrades are cheaper if done with the homebuilder: Many times, builders will say that it’s much cheaper to invest in upgrades during the home build than after the fact. This may be true for some things, but a lot of what they offer can be done cheaper after the fact with a local handyman or service professional. Make sure to do your research before deciding to invest in significant upgrades.
- Review the homebuilders reputation: Many of today’s homebuilders are positioned to build homes efficiently. With this, in some cases, comes a sacrifice in quality. To avoid this, make sure to invest time in researching the company, seeking out testimonials, and maybe even touring a home they’ve built in the past. This small investment in time could save a lot of headache down the road.
If new construction homes still seem like a good option for you, I would love to chat with you about your vision. Reach out to me any time and we can identify the next best steps for you.