So, you’ve decided to invest in a newly built home. Chances are you walked through a model home before coming to your decision. To look their best, many of these model homes have all of the bells and whistles. Most of these aren’t covered in the cost of the home. Be sure to ask your builder which options that you see in the home are standard and which ones are upgrades. If you’re in love with the upgrades, make sure to find out exactly what the additional cost is. At Cristo Homes, we will always tell you upfront which options come with the home and which are upgrades all the way from the trim color to the appliances.
Another thing to make sure you receive is a copy of your warranty. Your warranty should detail what is and isn’t covered and for how long. Most builders offer a one-year workmanship warranty and ten-year structural warranty with new homes. Make sure you also receive the manufacturers warranties for all of your appliances, in case something happens to them. This doesn’t only mean the kitchen appliances, but the air conditioner, hot water heater and roof.
If moving into a new community with only a few homes, be sure to ask the builder what the plan is for the community. The last thing you want is to buy a home that you think is going to have a private setting, only to be surrounded by neighbors and years of construction work. Also make sure that your builder and other reputable builders, such as Cristo Homes, are the only ones building homes in the community. If a lower-quality builder comes in and builds homes next to yours it could bring down the value of your home.
While on the topic of the community, you should be informed of the homeowner’s association (HOA). Each HOA is different and they have different bylaws. Some of these HOAs decide on the color of your curtains or blinds, or whether you can have a privacy fence or even a shed in your backyard. HOA’s also cost money. Find out when you’re required to pay the HOA dues and how much they are.
Not only should you ask your builder questions before you buy, but you should ask others about your builder. Looking on the internet, Better Business Bureau and asking past customers is a good way to learn more about your builder before jumping into a huge purchase.