New Home Building Checklist

Real Estate Agent with Mike Bowman

Building a New Home

Choosing to build a home from a new home builder there are things that are important to know about the home building process. There are so many important choices to make if you are building a custom home that it can be overwhelming. The color of the cabinets, flooring, light fixtures, brick choices are just some of the decisions that have to be decided on when building a custom home. Most home builders have a sample of ideas that make the process faster. Knowing what colors match and what you will need for a custom home you would be wise to hire a decorator if you do not have the time. Building a home can be agonizing if you are not the type to be able to picture the finished product. Many builders have in house decorators that will help with the process.There are many builders in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex that offer 'spec homes". They are pre-built homes that accommodate buyer's that need to move quickly without waiting the usual 4 to 6 months to build a home. The spec homes have neutral colors and upgrades that most people would add when building a home.

When buying a spec home from a home builder you are able to get a Home Inspection from an outside licensed inspector. The home builder's and their representatives discourage the home inspection because they have their own inspection and they offer warranties for the new homes. The inspections can be valuable to find out if any part of the home is not functioning properly. This is important because it is inconvienient after you move into the home and find out the dishwasher was not hooked up. Since the builder uses subcontracters things like that can easily happen.


New Home Building Checklist:

  • Hire a Realtor to represent you in the Home building Process. The New Home builder cannot properly represent your interests since it is in business to make profit. You need a third party to take care of your best interests during the new home building process. A Realtor has the experience to take care of things and ask important questions you may not think about.


  • Get Everything in Writing. Do not take anything that the New Home Sales Representative says or promises at face value. The Builder Sales Reps are not Licensed by the Code of Ethics. Get everything in writing, even the smallest things. Don't expect to go back and have the home builder add things if they were not agreed upon in the beginning and signed by the Home builder.


  • Drive the area. Think the beautiful new community is the perfect place to call home? Do yourself a favor and drive the area first! We've known situations where a subdivision was backed up to a waste water treatment plant. You never know what is beyond those trees. Find out before you sign a contract.Call the city. Find out exactly what the city plans to do with the land and vacant lots surrounding your new home community. Do not take the home builder's word for future city expansion. Call the city or check online for the facts.


  • Don't settle and sign the contract until everything is completed. By the time your new home is built, you may be so anxious and excited to move into your new home, that you overlook little details like scruffy walls, damaged flower bed edging or a shoddy paint job. Make sure the Home builder takes care of these things, before you move into your New Home. It is harder to get things repaired after you close.


 Building a home in the DFW metroplex? Cheryl Brewer & Associates can introduce you to a network of home builders in the Dallas Fort Worth area. We will coordinate the steps of building a home or buying a prebuilt home. If you do not have a real estate agent call or email Cheryl Brewer at 817 217-0005 or

Comments (2)

Joe Lane Richland
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Richland, WA
WA Realtor, 509.438.9344

A most excellent list Cheryl.  I like the "drive the area" point.  If they drive the area and do not like it, that's one less showing that has to be scheduled.

May 06, 2011 05:24 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Good morning Cheryl, a very good list for buyers of new homes to refer to.

May 06, 2011 11:53 PM