Here we go, it is already February! If you were looking for a house for a while and didn’t like any, building a new home can be a good idea and very exiting experience. I wanted to share some tips that can help you to get started in the right direction and achieve success.
1. Hire a real estate agent to represent you during the complete home building process. Having a knowledgeable professional who can guide you through the construction phases can save you time and money. Do not hesitate to call or email me. I’m never too busy for all your Real Estate needs! 2. Do some background research on a builder. A quick web search can give you an idea if a builder is reputable and reliable. 3. Inquire about ongoing costs of owning a particular home including property taxes, average utility costs and a condo fee (if you are buying a Condo or a Town House). 4. Look at as many floor plans as possible. There are seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to models and floor plans. 5. Don’t fear customization. A respected builder will work closely with homebuyers to ensure they get the house they want. 6. Tour models similar to what you’re considering building. Photos, websites and virtual tours may not always give you the best idea of what the finished product will look like. 7. Keep in mind that the model homes are always decorated to look magnificent. They have been furnished and staged with slightly smaller-scale furnishings to make the rooms look bigger. 8. Ask for a detailed list of upgrades and their costs. Model homes are almost always upgraded. You’d be surprised at how much the cost of the model differs from the advertised starting prices of the homes. 9. Be sure to ask your builder exactly what is included in the price. This means everything from kitchen cabinets, flooring to the tile in the bathroom. 10. Investigate the quality of the local school system. Whether you have school age children or not, school systems do have a dramatic effect on the value of residential real estate. 11. Think twice to purchase a home on a busy street or one that adjoins or is located in close proximity to non-residential structures. Think about the resale value. 12. Take time to analyze the important features you really want in a home and hold on until you find them. If you need an eating area in your next kitchen, be sure you get it in the home you decide to purchase. 13. Don’t purchase a home that is considerably more expensive than other homes in the neighborhood. The surrounding homes will drag your value down rather than help it appreciate.  14. Take advantage of walk-throughs to monitor progress. Let the builder escort you through your property as it is being built and ask questions and take pictures. 15. Before going ahead with your new construction home, get an estimated timetable from the builder. 16. If you have looked at established homes for some time and have not found what you want, building is probably the best route for you. 17. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, take notes and always, get it in writing. Most importantly, make sure you review your warranties carefully.