What questions should you be asking before or during the purchase of a new construction home?
I've compiled this list to be transparent about the process and that no new construction home is perfect. HOWEVER, please keep in mind that when you work with a Realtor that has sold new construction homes, I would be the point person to ensure that all of the below questions are answered and handled to remove any undue stress from a buyer's plate.
- Builder Warranty - Does a one year Builder's Warranty come included with the house? What does the warranty include? Have you requested the Builder's Warranty upon putting in an offer?
- Did you receive a specs list for the home? Do you know what finishes are going to be installed prior to putting in an offer?
- What is the window warranty? 10 year, 20 year, etc?
- What is the warranty duration of the flooring? How dry Montana is and if it's hardwood flooring, are you seeing any gaping in the floors?
- How long will the final punch list take the builder/subs and will the punch list be completed before closing?
- What is the estimated completion of the project? If you are looking to put in an offer, knowing how backlogged the project is or isn't / during what phase is important to know.
- Can you choose your own finishes without it costing you additional earnest money or money down?
- If there is custom work done (hired by a third party), is that third party vendor's work included in the warranty?
- When is landscaping, sod and underground sprinklers scheduled to go in? Do you know what landscaping package is included (at no additional cost)?
- Do you know what plants / vegetation are restricted by your HOA?
- Have you been instructed how to care for new sod? How often to water upon installation, etc?
- Do you know the roof shingle type on your roof? Are they 20 year, 30 year shingles, etc?
- Who are the flooring vendors, tilers, etc. and will your builder provide you their contact information if you have questions or issues after you close?
- Are all the appliance manuals available and stored in a safe place?
- Will there be extra paint left by the Builder for you to do final paint touch-ups in the future?
ALWAYS ALWAYS get a home inspection done on new construction homes. A home inspector will inspect top to bottom and ensure that the work is to code and built well. Quality Craftsmanship goes a long way in this valley and a GOOD Builder is only as good as their subs.
For our Buyers, we personally walkthrough the home and blue tape areas that need attention during the inspection period. Though new construction homes have been recently built, they have not had a homeowner in there to detect the quirks and inefficiencies to correct in the home. With our experience in the new construction realm, we know quality and expect high quality work we put our buyers in.
If you have any questions about buying a new construction home, please contact me to understand the ins and outs, Realtor, Marisa Owen at Marisa@BuyBozemanHomes.com or call/text (925) 785-2596.Posted by Marisa Owen on