7 Tips for Touring A New Home

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Made the decision to explore new construction homes for your next home? Congratulations!

Touring a new home is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming.

There’s a ton of benefits from going this route. From custom upgrades to choosing your home site, there’s a lot to love about new homes.

One of the first major steps in the home buying process is the preview. Ashdon Builders is here with a few tips to help you along the way!

Make a List of Wants and Needs

One of the first things to consider before visiting the community is writing down what you want and need in a new home.

  • Are there any specific locations you are looking for?
  • How long of a commute is ideal?
  • What nearby amenities are you looking for?
  • Are there any features you want to include in the home such as a downstairs Master Bedroom, mudroom or a large kitchen?

By writing down home priorities, you begin to develop a solid foundation of what you are looking for, before even visiting a new home community. Listing items that you want vs. need in a new home will save you a lot of time and let you focus on the communities that are the best fit.

Take a Ride Through the Neighborhood

It’s worthwhile to take a couple of minutes to ride through the new home community to get an idea of the area. A quality new home builder will have picked a location that reflects the beauty of the home. Explore the nearby neighborhood as well as research the local schools, if you have children.

View a Model Home

Now that you’ve done your research, it’s time to visit!

When you visit the model community, pay attention to the small details. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the size of the kitchen and the bedrooms. Inspect the craftsmanship and the finishes incorporated throughout the home. A quality home builder will make sure that every detail flows together as part of a bigger picture. The details and craftsmanship are what make the home.

Take Notes

Remember to take notes while you are touring the new home. Write down some of your favorite features so that you remember them. This will help you compare/contrast between communities when you sit down to make decisions later. Taking notes can also include picture and video. Sometimes having a photo of the bathroom can jog your memory on its use of space or the quality of the fixtures.

Know What to Ask

Inquire about customization options, customer service after the sale, and how many years the builder has been in the business.

If you are visiting a builder who does customization, ask what options are available. You’d be surprised about the scope of upgrades that a builder can provide. Additionally, some of the features in the model home that you visit may be custom as well, so don’t be shy and ask the site agent if they can also be included in your home!

Ask About Builder Warranties

A builder warranty can be a huge deciding factor for many people when looking into new homes. Even if you work with a quality builder, it’s wise to ensure they have a warranty included in a new home purchase. One of the best warranties to look for is the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty®. The 2-10 Warranty includes:

  • 10 full years of structural defect coverage for load-bearing components.
  • 2 full years of systems surety coverage against defects in wiring, piping, and ductwork in electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilating, and mechanical systems.
  • 1 full year of surety coverage against defects in workmanship and materials.

This kind of warranty is vital for a new home purchase. Don’t forget to ask your agent what warranty would come with your new home.

Have Fun with It!

All the tips listed are designed to help make a big decision a little easier. While you’re touring a new home, be sure to enjoy the experience as well. Do your research beforehand so that you can enjoy the process of touring the new home. Explore your options and have fun!