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Thu Sep 28, 2017
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Thu May 7, 2015
Dmgual answered:
Well, we bought a beautiful model home twenty-five years ago. The first thing that we found wrong, as a short cut, because it was built for beauty not for a family to live in, was that the corner end cabinet in the kitchen didn't have a bottom.
That wasn't so bad but how would you like to find out twenty-five years later, when you need to replace your heater that half of your house never had ductwork for the returns?
Well, It's costing us a bundle to have the ductwork put in now. Holes in the ceilings and big ugly silver columns for air flow in two closets!!!
It's costing us double the cost of the heater just to do the ductwork.
Caution if you are thinking of buying a model home. Have an inspector check specifically for air returns that work. Our builder used the garages as two offices and they were heated/air conditioned. That was important to the builder NOT that the house would actually have people living in it. It was sold "AS IS" and I'm sure they knew what they were doing. We were young, what did we know, so CAUTION make sure to check this out before you buy a model home.
Anybody else have this experience? Where you able to use homeowners insurance to help with the ductwork? Were you able to sue the builder? Our builder has been out of business for about 10 years now. Did anybody catch this problem before buying a model home?
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Wed Feb 13, 2013
Michael Brownstead answered:
Addison,

Although you have a great question, please keep in mind that price per square foot is not a great indicator of value.

For instance, if you two homes sitting next to each other have the same square footage, bedrooms, stories, beds, baths etc., but one has a pool, hand-scraped wood floors and granite counter tops, while the other has no pool, linoleum floors and laminate counter tops, the home with the pool will most likey appraise higher, thus having a high price per square foot.

The bottomline is that reasonable price per square foot, as stated earlier, is very relative; it also depends on what upgrades you pick with the home! Only when this is determined will I be be able to provide you a more specific answer to your question.

I have a list of things one must consider when buying new construction, contact me anytime for a free copy.
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Thu Dec 9, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Since real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods--if you are not familiar with the area, do visit more than once and at different times of day; drive around, look for everything of interest to you, possibly chat with locals, etc., then make a determination--will your comfort level be reached. ... more
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