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Michael Pham, Real Estate Pro in Raleigh, NC

What should be a general checklist I should keep up with prior, during, and after closing on a new construction?

Asked by Michael Pham, Raleigh, NC Thu Apr 10, 2014

Buying a new house. Looking to get information a basic checklist I should be keeping in mind before during and after my clients closing

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You'll want to meet with he builder prior to their starting construction and make certain that their blue prints are correct and that they have all your selections properly noted. As you don't have any particular background in construction, then in the beginning there's not a lot you can do, but I would highly advise you plan on having a pre-drywall inspection by a qualified home inspector as well as a final inspection when the home is complete. When you are buying new construction this is the only appropriate time that you can literally hand the inspectors deficiency list to the seller(Builder in your case) and say, "Fix it all"

Once they start to do the interior finish work you will want to go buy regularly once every few days or once a week is good) and take a look at things and make sure everything matches what you ordered and that it's not scratched or dented etc. Bear in mind most builders actually do want their clients to be happy, and most buyers have very little residential building experience. Often this lack of experience creates issues that really aren't necessary, things that you may think are "wrong" or 'strange" may in fact be standard building techniques or processes. Rather than immediately assume the worst, when you see something you don't understand or think is wrong, bring it to the attention of the builder and give them a chance to explain. If you're still not satisfied review it with your home inspector and ask their opinion.

The builder will be doing a walk through with you right before closing and will explain how things work, review the warranty program, etc. Pay attention, this is a great time to learn how your home works. After that enjoy your new home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 11, 2014
One thing to make sure to recommend is, a home inspection. It may be new, but a third party inspection will not only cover the buyer, but you as well.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
One of the main things you will want to do is make sure the home includes everything that was spelled out on the contract and make sure you do a good final walk-though before closing to make sure the home is 100% perfect. Also make sure the builder has a good warranty program.
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