If you’re thinking of buying a new construction home, you may have heard horror stories of long delays, unexpected costs, and poor quality. In my personal experience, we were fortunate with no hidden fees, but we did have unexpected delays, difficulties with communication across the board, and I will just say it here and now, GET A HOME INSPECTION. Yep, even for new construction.
Now don’t get me wrong, our house is great and we’ve been blessed with no issues! And while the inspector didn’t notice anything hazardous or significant, he did point out many items of interest/concern that could cause issues in the future. Getting those things noted and handled before moving in gives us such peace of mind.
The delays with our home seemed more to do with miscommunication. The closing agent said the power wasn’t connected and they couldn’t close, however, I had gone by the home (because I was obsessed) and clearly saw the lights on. I’ll just say it here, get you an agent who has a good relationship with the site agents (who are representing the seller), as well as a good relationship with the builders/foreman. Having a buyer’s agent represent you can make the difference! (Believe me, before I became an agent, I had one).
Another great tip: when choosing a builder, be sure to do your research. Check out reviews of the builder and the development, and look into any complaints that may have been made against them. You want to make sure the builder has a good reputation, and uses quality materials and reliable subcontractors.
And lastly, it’s important to remember that delays and changes can occur, so when choosing new construction, you will need to be flexible and patient during the building process.
Ultimately, I’m very grateful for my new construction home and definitely learned a lot through the process. Now I use all that great experience to help buyers through it!
If you have questions about new construction home buying, let me know. I’d love to help you through it.