If you’re about to enter the real estate market as a buyer, and you’re interested in contracting with a new home builder, there are some important things you need to clarify before choosing the company that will construct your new house. So to help you gain all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision, here are the questions you should ask of any prospective new home builder that you interview.
Do You Offer Soil Tests and Site Level Analysis? — A soil test is simply a test of the composition and quality of the soil on the property where you wish to build your new home. Many new buyers don’t know to ask for this test, but it is important, because it determines the ability of your future home to feature a nice, rich-looking lawn with shrubs, hedges and a nice garden. In addition, soil tests can predict the likelihood of future flooding, which could affect your ability to build a basement. A site level analysis measures the slope class of your property and includes slope classes such as ‘level,’ ‘gently sloping’ and ‘steep.’ Site levels are important in determining water runoff, which in turn affects how much moisture will seep into your foundation over a period of time.
Do You Offer a Flexible Design Plan? — Some new home builders don’t allow you to change your design plan once you’ve signed off on the blueprints, while others offer a flexible design plan that lets you make changes even as the home is being built. Find out what type of options a prospective new home builder will offer you, because choosing one that locks you into the design plan can affect how you perceive your home once it’s built. Remember that flexible design plans may charge you a fee for making changes after you’ve agreed to the design plan.
What Is Your Inclusion List? — An inclusion list is simply a list provided by new home builders that details all the design items that come standard with a newly-built home. These inclusions are standard no matter what design plan you select, but the trick is that inclusions differ depending on which builder you choose. For example, some new home builders include kitchen appliances, natural stone benchtops and vanity units in bathrooms as standard inclusions, while others may only offer a standard kitchen without appliances, and bathrooms bereft of vanities and towel rails. By comparing inclusion lists, you’ll get a very good idea what additional costs you have to pay, which can help you narrow your choices. For more information, contact a business such as Brett Ward Homes.