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New Construction Tips


  1. Know your builder
Having a thorough understanding of your builder’s background, experience, and reputation is critical when purchasing a new home. Customer service and communication often define the difference from one builder to the next.
  1. Visit Construction Sites
Whether you have already begun construction or are still in the interviewing process a builder’s construction site is typically a sign of both quality and organization. A visual assessment of a job site is often the only way to determine how a new home will perform in the years to follow.
  1. Follow up on references
Making inquiries to each reference is a simple way to determine unknowns and alleviate concerns. Committing to new construction with unanswered questions is not recommended and often results in undue stress to a homebuyer.
  1. Know your needs and wants
Whether buying for yourself or others as well, it is important to consider each of your needs and wants before both selecting a builder and committing to your new home. Locale, style, floor plan, and amenities vary significantly; changes can be both prohibitive and costly.
  1. Order a 1 year roster of homes
Model homes and showcase homes are often loaded with upgrades. By visiting a sample of recently built homes and their surrounding neighborhoods a home buyer can get a more general idea of a builder’s typical home.
  1. Have a new home buyer representative
Obtaining the services of a New Home Buyer Consultant is a critical step in the new home buying process. Whether it is helping you compare builders, assessing resale value, or overseeing each step of the new home buying process it is important to understand the value of consulting with a third party.
  1. Obtain a copy of a written builder warranty
Most states have regulations in place regarding builder warranties to protect not only the consumer but also the builder. The State of Wisconsin offers minimum protection for the new home buyer and a thorough understanding of each builder’s warranty is highly recommended.
  1. Understand Ordinances, Restrictions and Bylaws
Each and every subdivision and new development has varying degrees of rules and regulations of ownership. While they are designed to protect the residents of each it is important to know how such rules will affect both your property’s investment value and day to day lifestyle.
  1. Futureproof your home
Considering the future goes beyond blueprints when buying a new home. Besides analyzing the needed space and floor plan for tomorrow it is wise to consider emerging technology and changing lifestyles. Convenience options and wiring for communications and entertainment are typically cost effective upgrades in design but become expensive additions after move-in.
  1. Enjoy the New!
Buying or building a new home can be one of life’s most joyful memories with the proper research and steps taken. A good builder and New Home Buyer Consultant are two important steps to get you underway. Dreams can come true and be sure to step back along the way and enjoy the new! 
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