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Five Rules for Purchasing a New Home

Are you in the market for a new home? Purchasing a new home can be one of the hardest decisions one can face. Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Read on to learn about some of our best tips and tricks!

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1.    Fabulous Features

Make a list. Included features can offer an array of benefits for you and your family. Energy efficient homes will save you money on your monthly utility bills. Safety and security should be in the forefront of your homebuilders mind during construction – err on the side of caution and consult a professional to conduct a pre-purchase inspection. If you have your heart set on a specific feature, put it down on paper.

2.    All About the Amenities

Match your lifestyle to the community. Interested in walkability? Search for a community that offers a variety of easily accessible amenities. Entertainment opportunities can increase your daily quality of life. Whether you are a nature lover or city dweller – look for a home which suits all of your needs.

Pro Tip: Remember that no one likes a long commute! Find a location near your most coveted destinations.

3.    Read the Reviews

Spend time researching your homebuilder and the community you will potentially be residing in. Don’t be shy about asking around! Happy homeowners are a tell-tale sign that you have found the right community. Testimonials are another way determine whether or not the community is right for you. Word-of-mouth is the best way to get the honest details.

4.    Realtor Relationship

The better the relationship you have with your realtor, the better your outcome will be.  Don’t hesitate to express your concerns and set clear expectations up front. Try to find a Realtor who has been in the area for quite some time – local experience will likely directly correlate with the overall success of the home search.

Ask upfront about the Realtor’s schedule and upcoming vacations. It is important to have someone who is available and attentive to you when you need them the most. Someone who has a day job outside of Realty might not be as dedicated as you would like. Consider hiring someone who can work around your schedule.

5.    High Quality Construction

Exceptional interior finishes are more difficult to come by than you would naturally assume. The design and construction should be in accordance with rigorous building codes. Window and door openings should be thoroughly inspected to mitigate any exposure to water intrusion.  A Homebuilder offering a 10-year structural warranty is ideal.

Recommendation: Hire a 3rd party professional to ensure the building envelope is sealed and verify the quality of your central air condition and heating system design.

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