Have you been interested in buying a newly constructed single family home? While new construction may sound like everything will be perfect when you move in, be aware that there are mistakes that can be made. Thankfully, you can avoid these mistakes by knowing what can potentially go wrong.
Not Looking Beyond The Demo Home
When new construction is going up in a community, it is common to have one home that is used as the demo home. It is completely finished on the inside, decorated quite nicely, and has the nicest upgrades for items like flooring and countertops.
Unfortunately, many people do not think about what features are upgrades and how much they cost to have in your home. For example, hardwood flooring will be a premium while carpeting is standard. While you can make a home exactly how you want it to be, you must be prepared to pay for those upgrades and decide on what is worth the extra money.
Basing A Decision Off A Floor Plan
Chances are that the guts of your home will not be built yet, and you will be making a purchasing decision based off of blueprints. While the floor plan may be a great indication of what the home will be like, nothing beats being able to walk through the home and see how it feels.
If there are finished homes that people have moved into, always ask if you can tour their home to get a feel for the size. If all the homes are still under construction, it may be best to mock up the actual sizes of the rooms.
Go to your backyard or a nearby park and plot out the sizes of the rooms with string tied to stakes. Walk around in the rooms and ask yourself if they feel big enough for you. You can do the same thing with the open floor area of a kitchen to get a sense of how big it actually is.
Not Getting A Home Inspection
It maybe new construction, but that doesn't guarantee that the home will be perfect. It is always a wise idea to have a home inspection performed to find any potential problems with the property. The small cost of an inspection could help ensure that major problems are not found after you move in.
For more info on shopping for single family homes, either old or new construction, work with a local realtor.