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Things to know before buying New Construction

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Top 10 things you should know about Buying New Construction.

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10. Proper planning produces proper performance. Where is the septic going to go?  What is the sun's orientation? Where is the house going to be situated on the lot?  Is there enough room for the pool or the future barn? Should we buy the land first or design the home to fit the land?  There are a million questions you could consider;  each building project is unique. Some of the significant questions involve whether or not there is a walk-out basement, a pool, deck or patio, sun's orientation, etc.  If a walk-out is a must you need to find a lot that will accommodate a house design with a walk-out.  This may seem obvious, but it is often overlooked or misunderstood.  If you are designing a passive solar home as part of a green construction project, then the lot's orientation to the sun is very important.  Prioritize, gather information, consult and render an opinion, then realize that your requirements may need modification.

9. Own the plans.  By owning the plans you keep your options open relative  to meeting with several different builders.  Be careful of plans bought from the internet or magazines.  Many of these plans may have to be redrawn in order to meet state and local building codes.  Ask around and work with a local designer or architect who knows the area.  Some builders may own their own plans but they may be willing to sell the right to reproduce their plans with another builder.

8.  Shop the plans to several builders.  Create a full detail of what the builder is going to be asked to price.  The price may only be as good as the information given to them.  Many times I hear, "Bob the builder is building at $125/sqft and you are @ $150/sqft."  I will then ask, "What is he quoting for allowances?  What type of materials are they using? Where are the plans?  What are your expectations and what level of quality are you looking for?"  Often  the information is incomplete and needs more clarification.


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John Mulkey
TheHousingGuru.com - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

Good list. As a home builder for almost 40  years, I can appreciate the importance of educating the buyer. There's a lot of confusion out there. A review of your list demonstrates your thoroughness in practicing your craft. I've recently developed a website, www.thehousingguru.com in order to share information such as you presented.

Oct 26, 2008 02:53 AM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA
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Dave,

Good pointers for those in the market.......

Oct 26, 2008 04:51 AM