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Buying a brand new house is a unique experience. You’re not going to be dealing with traditional sellers and you certainly won’t have to worry about the usual wear and tear that comes with buying an older home. That does not, however, mean that you should buy a new home without asking a few important questions. Below are just a handful of questions that you should ask before you buy a brand new house.
Who Built It?
The first thing you need to know is who built the home. If you are buying in a development, you should be able to find this out from signs. If you ask the agent, though, you might get a few more bits of information as to exactly who was working on your home. You can take this information and use it to figure out the reputation of the builder and what others think of their work.
Can I See Other New Construction Homes?
The best way to learn more about a brand new home is to look at other new construction homes made by the same company. This is especially useful if you are building from the ground up as it can tell you more about what your home will look like when it is finished. It’s vital that you go look at a completed home rather than the model so that you can get a better idea of what a house will look like without every single builder upgrade.
What Kind of Warranties Are Available?
Most new homes come with warranties to guarantee the work. However, not all warranties are equal. Will your builder guarantee their work on the frame? Will they guarantee the work done by subcontractors on things like the plumbing or the electrical? Since you’re buying new, there’s a much better chance that the home will have some warranties still in place, so ask about them.
What Customizations Are Available?
If your builder hasn’t finished all the work by the time you buy the house, you may be given the option of adding some customizations and upgrades. While these will cost a little more money, they can help the home truly feel like your own. Also, it will save you time and money doing it now rather than waiting and doing it in a few years. Some of the customizations you consider might include specific paint colors, floor plans, appliances, countertop and cabinet materials, flooring materials, and backsplashes, among other things.
What Are the Plans for the Area?
Finally, find out if the builder has any other plans for the area. While you might not want to look elsewhere, this will give you a good idea about whether the builder plans on sticking around. Builders who invest in the area are much less likely to do shoddy work, so try to find out if your builder is going to stay local or will be leaving soon after building your home.
It’s always a good idea to get more information about new construction. Asking the right questions can help you to feel more comfortable with your purchase. If you can get the answers you need, you can move in with fewer worries.
By Anita Ginsburg
who is a freelance writer and residing in Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. She recommends taking a look at new construction homes when you’re buying a house.