Buying your first, second, or even third home? There is always a reason for the move, which is typically due to the current home missing something in your list of ‘wants’ and/or ‘needs’. And each time we move there is always the option of building a new home from ground up. This can achieve everyone of those ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ given you have the budget for it.
Helpful hints when considering a new build stretches much further than what an ad from the builder may say vs asking price for some resale homes. When building new it is important to remember that every builder, contractor, and developer have different packages. Be sure you know what you are getting into before you sign on the line.
Common items in a ‘resale home’ that are add’l costs past that ‘sticker price’ of a new construction are: blinds and window treatments | custom color of interior paint or custom finish above builder grade | garage door openers | landscaping and trees | tile or wood floors vs builder grade carpet | and so many more. Be sure to do your math, and do not hesitate to enlist the resources of a Realtor for your new construction. You wouldn’t go to court and use the same lawyer as your opponent? So why would you sign a contract with the agent who is representing the seller without a professional real estate agent in your corner?
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