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What To Expect When Working With A Builder

If you’re a first-time home buyer or you’ve only dealt with resale homes before, working with a new home builder can seem intimidating. The good news is working with a home builder means working with an entire team who put customer satisfaction and service above all else. You should have help every step of the way, from visiting a model home or sales office to finally getting the keys to your new home, to make the entire process as worry-free, easy, and fun as possible.

Here’s everything you should expect when working with a builder and how to prepare for the exciting experience of buying a new home.

What to Expect When Visiting the Sales Office or Model Home

Your first contact with the builder and sales staff will probably happen at the model home or the sales office. This is one of the most exciting parts of the process when you get to tour the model home and decide just how you would like your home to look.

During this visit, you should expect the staff and builder to clearly explain their approach to design and how you can customize your home. They should be interested in hearing about what you’re looking for in terms of price, size, layout, amenities, and timing for moving in then show you the most suitable properties, lots, and options to fit your needs.

The staff should also be able to tell you everything you want to know about the area and the development itself, including schools, transportation options, local amenities, and a profile of buyers who have already purchased a home in the development.

What to Expect When You're Ready to Buy

Once you’ve settled on a builder and development and have an idea of what you want, you can let your Straight from the Builder agent know so we can negotiate on your behalf with the builder to get you the best possible deal.

During this time, the builder should give you an overview of the sales process, including payment and construction milestones, what you will need at closing, after-sales warranties and service, and a general timeline.

You should receive regular updates on the progress of your new home with plenty of opportunities to visit the site during construction. You should have a single point of contact who will return your messages, answer your questions, and provide you with updates.

What to Expect When Your Home's Ready

When the day finally comes for you to move into your new home and close on your loan, your builder should provide an in-depth tour so you can inspect your new home and make sure you know where everything is located and how all of the systems work. Warranties should be explained clearly and you should have a good idea of what to expect over the course of the next year, including a schedule of check-ins. A good builder will also want to know about your experience and if there were any areas in which they could have improved your experience.

Tips to Improve Your Experience

If it’s your first time buying new construction, these tips can make the experience as painless and enjoyable as possible.

  • Always check the builder’s reputation in the community. Check the quality of their other homes in the area.
  • Make sure you verify upgrade and option prices. Most builders make most of their profits from upgrades which gives you room to negotiate. Consider which upgrades you can install later and if your lende
  • r will finance all of the selections you want.
  • Don’t be afraid to get legal advice before buying new construction to review your purchase contract and clarify any contingencies.
  • It’s a good idea to shop around rather than automatically working with the builder’s preferred lender.

Feeling a little overwhelmed? At Straight from the Builder, we specialize in new construction in Texas with a team of helpful, skilled agents who work on your behalf to negotiate with the lender and secure you the best deals and incentives. We’ll guide you through the process from beginning to end so you can focus on the fun of shopping for and customizing your new home. Contact us today to get started with finding the home of your dreams!

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