5 Tips for Buying a Newly Built Home
There are many benefits to choosing to buy a newly-built home! With some builders you have the capability to customize your home by selecting a floor plan that meets your family’s needs, choosing your favourite wall colors, cabinets, and countertops, and building an energy efficient house. Other benefits include being covered by new home warranty, and that overall new home feel. If you do decide to go the newly-built home route it is important that you understand the home building process and are aware of your responsibilities as well. Below are 5 Tips for Buying a Newly Built Home that will help you have the best overall experience during this new construction process.
1. Research Your Builder
Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases in your life. You should take the time to research your builder so that you can find one that matches both your needs and price point perfectly. What is the best way to research a builder? Visit their website, sales offices and showhomes. You could also read testimonials and builder reviews. Lastly, research the builders on credited home builder association sites such as the Canadian Home Builders Association or the Better Business Bureau directory.
2. Be Prepared for Potential Delays
When you purchase a new home, the builder will state a closing date in your Agreement of Purchase and Sale and will likely give you an idea for when you can take possession of your new home. You will likely become overwhelmed with excitement, counting down the days until moving day! However, be aware that your possession date may be extended due to various factors, sometimes outside of the builder’s control. For the homeowner, this means you may have to wait longer than expected to move in.
3. Proper Inspection is Your Responsibility
As occupancy of your new home approaches you and your builder will schedule a pre-delivery inspection. This process is one of your first opportunities to view your completed home! With your home builder representative or sales associate you will be guided through a comprehensive inspection and they may also show you how to operate certain home systems such as the heating, plumbing, and ventilation. You and your sales associate should make note of any items that are damaged, incomplete, or missing – do not be afraid to point this information out to your home builder representative or sales associate. This is your home, one of the biggest purchases of your life! You should ensure that everything is correct and that you are happy with the finished product.
4. New Home Warranty Process
Remember that with any new home construction, some things just don’t always go as planned. Find out if your home builder offers any warranty reviews and what the process is to filling out warranty forms/obtaining warranty service. With Rohit Communities we like to offer a three month and one year warranty review to ensure that your home is just where you want it to be. Ensure you schedule this with your home builder as soon as you take possession with your new home.
Lastly, ensure your home builder is affiliated with your provinces New Home Warranty Program and do your research to learn more about what is covered under the program. For more information about the Alberta New Home Warranty Program visit www.anhwp.com.
5. Home Maintenance is Essential
Attentive maintenance not only ensures that your property remains in good condition and working order, it also preserves your warranty coverage. For example, controlling moisture levels throughout your home is a prerequisite for certain warranty claims. Seasonal home maintenance information and Customer Care videos are available online at Rohit Communities.com.
Following the tips above will help make you feel more prepared and confident throughout the entire home building process and ease the stress of building a newly-built house.