Sunday, April 26, 2015

Buying a New Construction Home Shouldn’t Be Scary…and Here’s Why

You have weighed all the options and decided a new construction home is right for you. Congratulations! 

Now you want to find the perfect builder for your dream home.  It’s a great undertaking – and a great reward – to walk into you own brand new house and make it home. The process to get from meeting builders to that moment can be stressful which is why we recommend working with a real estate agent.

The good news is that you don’t have to deal with negotiating with a seller like you might with a previously owned home. At BeeryRealty we think buying a new construction home shouldn't be scary, it should be fun!  We can show you how!

   Research Builders. You’ve decided to build a home from the  ground up, it’s essential to learn about the builders before  selecting one. Working with a real estate agent who is familiar with  new construction, you can identify reliable builders in the area and  select one that best meets your needs.

   Real Estate Agent. Bring a real estate agent with you to your    initial visit at the builder’s location. If you don’t, you risk not being  able to have an agent with you for the home building and buying  process. That may seem not very important, but think about it, do  you want the builder's agent to represent your interest, or do you  want someone on your side?  I know I would want someone on my side concerned for what is best for me. Someone who I can tell them what is important to me and they will do what they can to make it happen.

Negotiating. There’s a fair amount of negotiating that happens when you’re working with a builder. An experienced real estate agent, like Beery Realty, can help you negotiate a fair price for the base home plus upgrades. I recommend selecting the essentials for your home first, then upgrades. You will have a better understanding of costs and your budget. Remember, you still have to furnish and add personal touches to the home after it’s built so you don’t want to spend all of your house savings on the build.

 Get it in writing. Once you’ve negotiated a contract with a builder, get the agreement in writing. There’s way too much risk to build a home from a handshake deal or a promise to send a contract later. If the builder won’t put your deal in writing, walk away. There’s a better builder out there for you.

Inspection. When you build a home, you have the unique opportunity to inspect the home at various levels of construction. Be sure the builder understands and allows this to happen. Have an inspection of the home completed after the foundation is poured, after framing is completed (and before the drywall goes up), before cabinetry is installed, and a final 

If you’re ready to start the process of building your own home, contact me if you have questions or start the process, so you know you are doing the right steps to ensure a happy home in the future.  480-570-1912 direct