Buying a new house feels different when you’re buying a construction house instead of a resale residence. Primarily because it’s not been owed by someone before and you see the whole thing from the scratch and this develops a feeling of belonging, ownership, and rightfulness. The comforting feeling of a HOME. A house is just space, it turns into a home when you start living there and make uncountable memories with it. It is just a blank white canvas and you’re the artist. You can shape it into anything you want it to be. It’s your masterpiece.
The feeling when you walk into the empty house and you start mapping out the future of your house and see it becoming the bigger picture bit by bit is unparalleled.
Benefits of Buying a Newly Built Home:
- You will be the first to live in the property.
- Repair and re-decorations costs are minimal in the first few years.
- You can add input for new fittings and interiors as per your usage and taste.
- The new property usually comes with warranties.
- If the property is built as per the correct standards, the buyers can enjoy low running costs and energy bills.
- There are often schemes and deals to help new buyers buy new homes.
- Modern homes are built as per strict safety standards.
But, buying a newly built home can be a complicated business, you have to educate yourself with the tricks of the trade along with understanding how the business works. Here are some tips for all the new homeowners.
1. Use your Own Broker /Agent
ALWAYS use your own broker/agent. Doing this makes sure that your demands and standards are met. The sales representative are the representatives of the seller- the builder, the corporate owners , developers. They are there to present their products and try to sell them to you the best way they can. You need someone to represent you in that same way.
The prices of the houses are fixed after looking at different aspects of property and housing. But mostly these prices are fixed and are non-negotiable. Try letting the broker/agent do the smooth-talking of money as he knows more than you.
3. Additional Upgrades
Rather than price reductions, you may be able to gain a few upgrades from the Builder at no cost, or for less money. Perhaps the Builder would be willing to include a fence, landscaping, upgraded carpeting, or appliances as part of your purchase without charging you extra.
4. Expect about 5 months after the Permit.
It is generally seen that it takes a minimum of 5 months after the permit to get your house complete and move-in ready. Remember that lumber drop occurs after the construction permit from the city/county/etc. has been received by the builder and after the foundation is complete. Those two tasks can add another month or even two to the process.
5. Don’t expect Perfection.
The basic flooring and mapping model you see is very different from the final piece you get because in the basic model, the measurements you see are rounded off and most things are not taken into account. Builders typically reserve the right to substitute materials and finishes, sometimes leading to surprises.
6. Dropping in On the Site will get you in Trouble.
Construction sites are very dangerous as mostly the construction sites are incomplete and you don’t know where to stay. Talking to the workforce will slow the progress and delay the completion of your dream home SO, please don’t visit your new under-construction house frequently and don’t bring kids to the sites. It’s DANGEROUS!
7. Be nice to Foremen.
You may only meet construction foremen a few times for your home build a few times, but these are the folks who are responsible for everything in your beautiful home. They are very hardworking and busy as they try to finish multiple jobs at a time. So, don’t bother them much but do have a conversation with them and tell them about your situation and need.
8. Ask for Leftovers.
It’s very common for big builders to prepare a beautiful leftover paint box for touch-ups. But if you can, you wanna ask about the leftover carpet scraps and vinyl flooring and graphite tools for minor repairs. These can be helpful patching materials when accidents happen and it’s nice to have everything match. Note that many of the finishing steps are done by subcontractors, however, and it may just not be possible to capture any of the leftovers. After all, these leftovers eventually these leftovers get used in other houses or are sent back to the suppliers. It never hurts to ask!
9. Take lots of Pictures.
Each time you get a chance of visiting your new home bring your camera with you. At the point when you start shopping for decorating your home, you’ll need to know the approximate measurements of the walls, floors, and ceilings. Not only that, but it’ll also be fun to look back at these memories of the process.
10. Do your own Inspection.
Before closing on the purchase of your home, be sure that your purchase contract allows you to bring in a qualified home inspector to test the various workings of your home checking outlets, plumbing fixtures, walking the roof, the crawlspace and attic, and so on. The items found on your independent inspection that you find different will be repaired by the Builder, but will not affect the timely close of your purchase. Builders often retain a time period after closing to repair defects.
11. Move-in day is Special.
Obviously, buying a newly built house and shaping it into something you’ll call home FOREVER is quite a task. When you see all your furniture coming in your new house, this feeling is really beautiful and you’d want to keep that feeling forever in your heart, therefore, take some time out and celebrate your accomplishment with your loved ones on that weirdly put sofa. You deserve it!
If you’re buying a new house or at least thinking of, do cover all the points and for any queries feel no shame to ask us some questions or some professionals, we’re more than help people. I hope this article makes some sense to you and helps you in making your dream come true.