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Things you wish you knew when building a new construction.

Hello friends:

My husband and I are purchasing a new construction in January. It will be our first home. Are there any problems/issues/ situations that arose when you built your home from scratch? Anything that you did that you really were relieved about later (with respect to upgrades, closing, etc.)? Would love to gather as much information as possible- since new constructions work a little differently. Thanks so much in advance!!!

Best,
First time home buyer
  • November 20 2012 - Peachtree Park
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If it is new there shouldn't be any problems...yet.

You won't know until it is too late.  Sometimes you have careless construction workers that may miss a nail or two on the drywall.  The only way to prevent that is during the construction a proactive developer come on site and constantly check on the work.  However, like I said, no way to really know.

These days, developers use cheaper materials as well.  It is all about profits.
  • March 06 2013
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You said that you are purchaasing a new construction. May I ask you if you meant that you are purchasing a presale in a subdivision from a builder or that you purchased land and you engaged a builder to build your own plan? My answer would depend on that.
  • November 27 2012
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As a real estate professional with experience in new construction sales, the first thing you should do is find a local Realtor in your area who is experienced in new construction sales to represent you. A knowledgeable agent can look out for your best interests, not the builders.  Best of luck! 
  • November 21 2012
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Here's a link to Zillow's guide on buying new.

Be active in the process.   We walked through almost daily, and often found things that weren't being built to plan.  The sooner you catch them the better.   Keep a great relationship with the general contractor and your buyer's agent.

All change orders cost money.  Budget appropriately.

A home inspection is important, even with new construction.

A change that costs $100 in construction can cost $1000s after construction.

New construction doesn't usually include landscaping.   Budget appropriately.







  • November 20 2012
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