Hidden Pitfalls of New-Construction Homes
What to consider when buying a newly built house
Purchasing a brand-new house is an alluring proposition, but there are factors to consider when planning and budgeting for a new-construction home. Take these insightful tips from a real estate broker to help you make the most of this home-buying experience.
Unexpected Expenses of Custom HomesNew-construction homes are often filled with modern niceties, but there are commonly overlooked items you should include in your new-home planning budget:
1. Window treatments
3. Closet and pantry organizers
4. Decking or backyard pavers
5. Dog run
6. Built-in desk or workstation in or near the kitchen
Hidden Pitfalls of New-Construction HomesIf you're purchasing a spec house (rather than one that was custom-designed and built just for you), ask yourself these questions to avoid design pitfalls:
- Is there ample counter space in the kitchen and bathrooms?
- What about storage? Is there a place for everything?
- Are electrical outlets conveniently located for adding task and accent lighting?
- Are the aisles in the kitchen and bathroom kitchen wide enough and functional? Are door swings on cabinet doors and passage doors allowed enough room?
- Does the house seem quiet and comfortable? Check that there is adequate insulation so noise and energy don't transfer. Pay particular attention to noise levels if you are considering a townhome or condominium with a shared wall.
- Is the home's lighting sufficient? Note available overall, task, and accent lighting. Will you need to purchase and install additional fixtures?
- How is the home's ventilation? With windows open, do breezes flow nicely through the house? (This will save on energy costs and keep you comfortable.) Also, is there a quality vent above the kitchen range? Are there vents in every bathroom?
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