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New Construction Homes, 3 Tips to Remember

New Construction Homes, 3 Tips to Remember

New Construction Homes

A brand-new home! Who hasn’t dreamed of creating the perfect home from scratch and moving into a space that no one has ever lived in before. There’s something special about a new construction home, but remember, new doesn’t mean perfect. And it certainly does not mean that there won’t be imperfections, small or large, to contend with.

What You Need to Know

One of the most important things to understand up front is what does your warranty cover? A builder’s warranty covers typical defects and other problems, but the fine print outlines timelines, procedures, and limitations.  A thorough reading prior to closing will clarify how to handle any issues that arise when you move in.

This is normally a grey area for a lot of new construction home owners – who is responsible for what and what is considered an issue.  Builders vary but post have something called a “punch-list”  these are the little things you will find during the first year of ownership.  These may include a door knob that isn’t latching correctly or a tile that is loose.  Larger items like HVAC will go right to warranty and you will need to call that vendor directly.  The builder can help facilitate this should there be any questions. 

Have a Checklist

When you are ready to move in, your checklist will differ from a typical resale home. First, always have an independent home inspection, just as you would if you purchased a used home. Alert the builder immediately of anything that the inspection uncovers. During the final walk-through, you will also want to make sure the home was completed correctly; are the light
switches level, are the floors even, is the paint free from nicks and scratches? You are buying a new home and it should look new.

Ready, Set - New Construction Homes

Buying a new home is exciting. The good news is that most issues are minor and can be quickly corrected by the builder or home warranty company when discovered. No need to panic when imperfections show up if you know who to call and what to do!

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