5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying New Construction
There are so many benefits to buying a new construction home! However, just because a home is new does not mean it’s perfect.
Here are 5 things you need to know before buying new construction:
1. Don’t assume a home doesn’t have any issues just because it’s new.
Even if a home looks pristine and picture-perfect, don’t assume there aren’t issues—there may be more than what meets the eye. Be sure to pay attention to the details—do doors, cabinets, and drawers all properly shut? Is carpet installed correctly? Does it look like the builder cut any corners? If a builder was sloppy in this visible details, what else could be less than great?
2. New homes aren’t 100% perfect.
Like any handmade item, a home is not going to be absolutely perfect, even if it’s brand new. While some things are cause for closer inspection, you can expect some level of imperfection. For example, while floor moulding and trim should line up with the floors as much as possible, there’s bound to be a couple areas where it’s not perfect. This is just the nature of something that is handmade!
3. Always get an inspection.
After reading #1 and #2, you can probably guess that you should still get an inspection! This can alert you to any serious issues that may be lurking beneath the surface.
4. Be prepared to buy things you wouldn’t normally have to with a home that’s already been lived in.
This may include things like window blinds, appliances (like a refrigerator, washer, dryer), paint, and landscaping elements.
5. You may need to be flexible with the move-in date.
If your home is still being built, sometimes things don’t go according to plan and your move-in date might get pushed back. It’s important to keep up good communication with your real estate agent and the builder so you can be updated on these things ASAP.
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