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What You Need to Know When Buying a New Construction for Sale in Warrenton VA

Written by Posted On Monday, 12 February 2018 09:23

Nothing’s more exciting than purchasing a home designed and built to your specifications.


New construction offers the widest range of options for home buyers like you to find the perfect home.


Excited about the “new house smell”?


Consider these tips and avoid major problems down the road.


  • Work closely with the builder


The key to new constructions is really making sure you have a good idea of what you need and what you want.


In the pre-construction phase, you are able to customize before construction is complete.


So work closely with the builder. Make decisions early in the process.


Be sure your builder explains what’s standard and what’s an upgrade.


Upgrades are available for additional costs.


Remember, the model home isn’t always exactly what you will get.


Another tip is to be careful with what home sellers call “affordable or “move - in ready”. A bare-bones home requires thousands of dollars in upgrades.

Ask your real estate agent to help you find a builder who has a good reputation.


  • You still need your own real estate agent



When you walk into the builder’s office, you have to keep in mind that the nice and friendly listing agent works for the builder and not for you. So be sure to have your own real estate agent especially on the first visit.


If you don’t, you’ll end up closing the deal with the builder’s sales representative.


Your agent will have your best interest in mind and will guide you before, during, and after the process of New Construction in Warrenton VA.



  • Secure financing before house hunting



Your real estate agent knows the mortgage that will best work for you.


Get pre-approved by a bank.


Understand property taxes, landscaping, and other maintenance costs.


As a new homeowner, you should know how much you can afford based on your income, debt, and credit score. Decide on how much you can invest on this new property.


  • Opt for tech-friendly homes


The big difference between vintage and modern homes is the tech-friendliness. Every person who will live in your home will want to access to outlets for their gadgets and other electronic devices.

Be sure to remind your builder about electrical outlets.


If you have teens, you should emphasize to your builder the tech- friendliness of the home you want to live in.


  • Do a final inspection


A newly built home does not always mean it’s repair-free.


During this final walkthrough, you’ll be able to inspect the critical issues.


Check before the drywall is installed.


After the closing deal, you may have a hard time getting your builder do the back jobs. Make sure your home has been completed to your satisfaction before you officially call it yours.


  • Understand home warranties


Builders provide coverage for structural defects that define a home as unsafe.


Understand what home warranties cover, how to make a claim and how to resolve disputes between you and the builder.


It’s exciting to build a new home from the ground up. But as with a pre-owned home, buying new construction for sale in Warrenton VA is a complex process.  


After the construction process, your real estate agent will make sure that everything that was agreed upon will be executed to the letter.


Enlist the help of an experienced REALTOR®. Call me, Allison Jensen, now at 703-200-3120!

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