Top 10 mistakes home buyers make
How to build a new home in North Carolina
Aviod the top ten mistakes that home buyers make - get the inside scoop on how to build a new home in North Carolina that will make you feel good.
Homebuyer Mistake #1: Not getting a full warranty
No matter how nice a model looks, be sure your builder backs up the work that will go into your new home with an extensive warranty.
Ask what it includes, and see how long it lasts.
Homebuyer Mistake #2: Buying a lot before getting it inspected
If you've already bought your lot, choose a builder who can fit your plan to your lot - or create something new that will have all the elements you're looking for.
Building envelopes can be elusive when you're just eyeballing property, so make sure to get a fully involved inspection that will provide important aspects you need to consider. It will help you know what to watch out for - and what everything will cost.
If you haven't bought your lot yet, be sure the builder has the kind of insights that will make his perspective valuable to you. Walk the lot with him, and see how much information he provides.
A builder's on-site perspective can save you a lot of headaches (and money) later.
Stanton Homes provides the most extensive, fully-involved, research-backed, walk-around-it-in person lot inspection in the Triangle region. Find out the difference that makes as you ponder all the possibilities together with the builder.
Homebuyer Mistake #3: Not getting to know your builder (and the team you'll be working with)
Don't sign up before meeting the team you'll be working with throughout the construction of your new home. Meet the builder. Talk to him. Find out how much he really knows, and how much you'll be able to talk with him directly, as your home is being built.
And then check out the rest of the team that will be working with you to create your custom home. Your project manager will be taking care of every little detail, so make sure you're comfortable with their expertise and availability. Meet the interior designer who will be helping you make your selections - see how approachable and creative they are, and determine how much they can help you make great choices.
Choose the team that understands what you want to accomplish and can make that happen - and will make the process fun and exciting, from design to craftsmanship - with compelling concepts, quality materials, the latest technologies and energy savings.
At Stanton Homes, our family designs and builds custom homes for your family, with the kind of personal attention that compelled Professional Builder Magazine to designate Stanton Homes as one of the nation’s top builders.
Homebuyer Mistake #4: Not understanding the value of superior craftsmanship
Just because a builder says they add some trey ceilings does not mean the results will look the way you envision.
Take a close look at the details, so you can determine what kind of craftsmanship to expect in your new home.
Look at trey ceilings, barrel vaults, archways, built-ins and other features in photos of new homes.
Ask the builder what comes included and what's an "upgrade" in the floor plans you're considering.
If a builder's standards start with square walls, square ceilings, and square footage - and everything else costs extra - you might want to take a closer look at the craftsmanship and quality of everything from materials to detail work.
Homebuyer Mistake #5: Limiting yourself to a few floor plan options
If you're building a custom home, you should be able to choose a floor plan that isn't like everybody elses.
If the builder you're talking to has price sheets, for example, that probably means he's a production builder. Because it's easy to give instant prices when all homes you build are exactly the same.
If you want something personal, you'll want to make sure your builder can work with plans from any architect - and has an on-staff design team to make modifications to plans or create something new, just for you.
Homebuyer Mistake #6: Not getting the (no-cost) help of an interior design team
Once you've got the floor plan right, the next thing to consider are all your selections.
Make sure your builder offers the services of an interior designer who is there with you throughout the process, helping you make choices at a level of interaction that is comfortable to you.
If you'd like to do it all yourself, there should be extensive showrooms that you can browse.
If you want a professional designer to make everything come together for you, that should be another option.
If your builder does offer designer services, ask how much time you'll have to rely on the opinions of experts. Ask if all you'll get is an initial consultation, or whether there are plenty of times to work with the designer throughout the entire building process.
You should be able to choose your level of involvement in the design process, and get the amount of help from the interior designer that you need.
Homebuyer Mistake #7: Not getting a third party inspection on home energy savings
Just because a builder says there's energy efficiency doesn't necessarily mean you're getting the most you can. There can be a big difference in what goes into your walls, so be sure your builder will talk frankly about energy savings options.
Make sure your builder shows confidence in your energy savings through third party inspections, that further ensure how healthy your new home energy efficiency will be for you, with HERS scores that assure your comfort and savings.
Homebuyer Mistake #8: Settling for inferior products
Look at what the builder considers to be "basic level" materials. It can tell you a lot about the kind of quality you can expect throughout your home.
Consider the materials before you get excited about a price that seems a little low. And find out what it costs to get the quality materials that would make you feel comfortable.
It's one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when they compare prices - leaving out the comparison of quality materials in everything from carpet to appliances, tile, granite and every other aspect of your new home.
Homebuyer Mistake #9: Missing out on Houzz and Pinterest
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Homebuyer Mistake #10: Choosing a builder who does not offer a direct line to your project manager
Some builders don't offer ANY access to the people who are building your home. They tell you to choose one of their plans, pick a carpet color, and decide between a couple of tile selections. You don't really need to be in contact with the builder or his team if that's the kind of home you want to live in, because there's nothing else to talk about - they just send out a crew to slap up your home and the other ten on the block.
If you want a CUSTOM home, be sure you have the opportunity to talk about what is happening and find out what comes next - from the first time you talk to the builder until you have the key in your hand to move in.
The best builders offer access to the builder, your project manager, your designer, and an online source of information that is personalized for you.
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