Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying A Brand New Home

Posted on: 31 May 2018

Buying a brand new home is an exciting experience, as you will be the first person to use the appliances and hang decor on the walls. However, acquiring new real estate comes with a new set of responsibilities as the first homeowner. Here are some important aspects to consider about your new home purchase to help make your living experience in your new home a better one.

What Is the Builder's Home Warranty Length?

Although the home you are buying and moving into is a brand new one, it doesn't mean it won't have any problems or issues that will need to be remedied. After you move into your newly-built home, you should be on the lookout for any construction damage and problems with any systems in the home so you can let the builder know to remedy the issue(s). Look for any types of damage such as drywall cracks, problems to the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Also look for any settling issues in the basement or foundation and any water intrusion in this space.

When a builder builds a home, they will add a warranty onto the home to repair any problems that arise. This type of coverage is usually for one year but can vary. Talk to the builder or your realtor to find out what specifically is covered and how long the coverage spans for so you know how soon you will need to report issues to the builder.

Will You Need to Budget to Install a Yard?

It is also a good idea to find out if your new home purchase includes the home's exterior landscaping and yard. When you buy a newly-built home, it is likely the yard and landscaping is not installed yet, including a privacy or perimeter fence to surround your lot, especially when you have close neighbors.

The idea of installing a yard to your preferences can be an attractive idea, but it also comes with its own costs. Be sure you plan for its installation by saving for its budget or pulling funds out at your home's closing to pay for installing of a lawn, shrubbery, trees, a privacy fence, and automatic sprinkler system. If the builder will complete this for you after you purchase the home, this is a great option as it alleviates the you from the responsibility but gives you a new yard you can enjoy versus a weed-filled dirt pile as a yard.