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Published on October 10th, 2015 | by Home and Family

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What to Look for in a Home Builder

Real estate market for a new home

So you are thinking about buying a new home. Then, you realized the home you secretly dreamed about was just… a dream. The good news is that if you know what to look for in a home builder, that dream is a possibility.

Don’t know what to look for in a home builder? A Realtor is extremely helpful, although it is certainly possible to go at it on your own. Read below for a few tips on how to navigate the process of working with a home builder.

What to Look for in a Home Builder.

Everyone loves a good deal. But when it comes to building, lower costs may reflect cut corners. Meaning, the lowest priced builder may not be the best choice. Quality materials and skilled workmanship is incredibly important when erecting a building. In older homes, some decay is expected. When water damage or electrical problems happen in a newer home, it is likely due to incautious workmanship. The last thing you want after moving in is to discover your new home needs repairs.

A study by the National Association of Realtors confirmed that 65% of homebuyers want central heating and cooling. That is one appliance you want installed correctly from the beginning.

Get It in Writing.

Once you have found a builder you trust, it is essential that everything is documented. The total cost of the entire project is sure to catch your eye, but it is also important to have the basics such as the cost of building materials, labor costs, and inspection costs itemized so that you know where the money is going. This can help you avoid future problems with a lien waiver.

Have you admired a model home before? Most buyers understand that a model home is designed to entice buyers with features that are not included with the basic option. But what you may not know is that model homes are sometimes created with features that are not included as a part of any option. That can be a nasty surprise when all is said and done, and the house you thought your family was moving into is a bit… different. Do yourself a favor, and get everything in writing so that there are no surprises down the line.

What Will Your Dream Home Look Like?

Now that you know what to look for in a home builder and some of the potential pitfalls, it is time to think about the fun stuff. If you have more of a say in the modern home design department, the builder may want to know your preferences. They may ask how big of a yard do you need; how should the layout of the rooms flow; is the kitchen a high traffic area needing lots of room? One 2013 study revealed that the appliances, storage, and overall space matters most, for example, 89% wanted a laundry room.

Every family is different, and modern home builders can help make that dream home a reality, if you know what to look for in a home builder. For millennials, the perfect location may be the suburbs (66%), the city (10%), or even a rural area (24%), as found in one survey of 1,500 millennials. As long as you know the process, the perfect home could be yours.


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