Thursday August 1, 2019
You’ve decided a new construction home is the best choice for you. Congratulations! There’s nothing like a brand-new home you can personalize and make your own for you and your family. You probably have a checklist of must-haves and nice-to-haves at the ready, and we’re here to help make sure you’ve thought about some of the other not-so-obvious considerations when purchasing brand-new. Read on for our additions to your new home checklist!
Research your builder
Not all homebuilders are created equal, and one of the first mistakes homebuyers make is choosing a builder based on purchase price alone. Research their certifications, number of years in the business, leadership, and recent projects. One of the best ways to learn about a homebuilder is to talk to recent homebuyers! Get in touch with families who recently closed on a home and who have lived in the home for a year or more. This way you can get a feel for how the builder handles the relationship both during the sale and after the transaction closes.
Be aware of construction timing and delivery date
When your home is ready for move-in depends on how far along the home is in construction at purchase. Typically the farther along it is in the construction cycle, the sooner you’ll get the keys, but it’s important to have some flexibility. Various factors can affect the final delivery date, like inclement weather, material delays, trade availability and coordination, etc. A reputable builder will keep you updated every step of the way to assist in your planning.
Understand your options
Know your model! What we mean by that is have a clear understanding of what’s included, what’s an option, and what’s an upgrade. It’s easy to fall in love with the model home and how it’s decorated and merchandised, but oftentimes it’s filled with quite a few upgrades that add to your purchase price. Most models will include a spec sheet you can pick up and review so you know exactly what you’re getting in the list price.
Know your warranty
One of the many benefits of purchasing a new construction home is that everything is brand new and reduces the chance of major repairs or workmanship issues. But if something does go wrong, it’s important to understand what your new home warranty covers and for how long. Some homeowners choose to purchase additional coverage to supplement what their builder offers for increased peace of mind.
Even if kids are far in your future or aren’t in your future, get to know the schools that will serve your new community. The better the schools, the more desirable your community will be to families now and in the years to come, which helps maintain and increase property values.
It’s easy to get swept away by the fabulous floorplans, options, and personalization selections when buying a new construction home, but don’t forget about the overall community. You’re not just buying a new home, you’re also investing in your new surrounding neighborhood, so it’s important to consider the lifestyle you’ll have living there. Is a variety of parks high on your priority list? Do you envision Saturdays spent poolside? Do you want an onsite fitness center? Many new home communities include these fantastic perks, and some don’t. Think about what’s most important to you and make them part of your decision-making process.
Most new homes are constructed with some of the latest products to increase energy efficiency. They do good for the planet and good for your wallet in energy cost savings, so get to know them!
Smart home technology
If you’ve decided to purchase brand new, do yourself a favor and get it tricked out with some of the latest smart home and automation technology to make your life easier! More and more homebuilders are including these technologies or offering them as upgraded features. If you think you’ll benefit from them, adding them during construction will save you money in the long run and will increase your home’s resale value.
Add these considerations to your new home checklist so you feel empowered to make the best decision for you and your family! #noregrets.
We hope you’re here because you’re considering a new home at Mountain House. We’d love to welcome you to our family! Check out all of our new homes HERE.