Many of the builders have started stripping down on fancy standard options inorder to make the home price more affordable and attract large pool of buyers in the Virginia new homes market. Since the time to construct the home goes over the a period of 5-7 months the buyers do not shell out any money apart from the earnest money just like credit card and they can easily loose track on how much they have actually spend on the home by the time the home is completed. This gets misleading and stressful especially for a first time home buyer.
purchasing a new home take into consideration following things before
you decide to purchase the home:
My number one advise for a client is
to preview some resale and/or under construction homes. Create a wish
list of the home style or upgrades they like. Think about short term
& long term living in the home. What works with your life style.
Discuss with your Realtor.
Second and most important advise, make a trip
to design center. Even before you write a contract or purchase that
home. May builders have their own showrooms where lights shines on all
the top of the line upgrades similar to one has seen on HGTV or Pottery
Barn magazine. Schedule an appointment on how much estimated upgrades
will cost you if you know a model you like.
Now you have created a
wish list and know the options you like, sit down with the builder
& Realtor. Depending on the time you are going to live in the home
you can decide what is important to you.
Start with Structural
options, they are most expensive options but it is even more
expensive to get it done later plus you have to go through the permits
& out of your pocket expense. For
example a Solarium on a single family home cost average anywhere
from $17000 to $25000 option it increase both your basement and upper
level square feet on the home. Items like Deck or patio can be done lot
more cheaper after you move in rather than purchasing from a builder.
Every home owner wants to feel the pride of living in the most gorgeous
home in the neighborhood.
Over upgrading can penalize the buyer. To
avoid running into that situations ask the builder rep to walk you thru
some under construction homes. Even if you they have a model home I ask
the sales person to walk thru under construction home to get a feeling
of the home. My own example
is I bought a new construction and upgraded the carpets, raising two
kids over the decade carpet has gone through a lot of sickness and play
dough time. I have now replaced the carpets to hardwood but when
purchasing the sales person told me it will last for 20 + years...wish I
had a Realtor who would had asked me not to upgraded and wasted $10K on
that carpet upgrade in the home. I could have used for the other
options I had given up at that time.
Work with a Realtor:
details like this make very important to have a Realtor represent you
during the new construction.
example : If you are working with an experience new construction
Realtor, they will recommend you to include in your initial pricing of
home a future forecast options for your cosmetic upgrades. So when you
go to the candy store (builder's showroom) you know how much money you
have to spend on your upgrades. Similar to your debit card if you run
out you can sit down and revisit you choices.
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