Darin and Christina Cunningham | Re/Max Elite
278 Franklin Road Suite 190 | Brentwood, TN 37027
Office: 615.661.4400 | Fax: 615.661.4115
Christina: 615.394.4168 | Darin: 615.456.4086

What to Consider When Buying a New Construction Home

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Buying a new construction home is exciting. You can pick the finishes, floors, lights, and more. You can design the layout to your liking. You’re the first owner of the home and can really make it your own.

But, working with a builder may get difficult, and you might start to feel overwhelmed with options. It’s important to slow down, do your homework, and put careful consideration into every decision you make.

Tips for buying a new construction house

The first step is working with the right people. You’ll want a real estate agent with experience in new construction homes and who knows the area. For example, the Cunninghams are experts in the Grove Park and Governor’s Club communities. You know that they understand the market, have relationships with good builders and can guide you through the process, even if you’re new to home buying.

The next step is choosing whether you’re going to purchase an already-built new construction home, building a semi-custom home in a development, or building your house from scratch.

Next, here are a few of our top things to consider when purchasing a new construction home:

  • You can refinish and refurbished your house later, but you can’t pick it up and move it. Make sure the area and community you purchase your new home in is somewhere you want to be—and that it is a desirable neighborhood with good resale value.
  • Do your homework on the builder before diving into a relationship with them. See what other work they’ve done and check out any complaints against the company. Make sure you’re working with reputable people.
  • Improvements and upgrades. While you don’t want to pick all builder’s grade finishes, you might not want to over improve, either. You’ll want to choose upgrades that will have resale value, like kitchen and bath improvements, high-end flooring, and energy efficient appliances.
  • Home inspection. You might think, who needs an inspection on a new construction? The answer is every home buyer needs a thorough, quality inspection before signing on any dotted lines. An inspector with experience in new construction is invaluable. He or she can point out any corners the builder may have cut or any flaws in the construction.
  • Contracts and fine-print. The contracts for a new construction home can be different than the ones for existing homes. Make sure you have a real estate attorney who understands new construction contracts and can help you make the right legal decisions.
  • You can pick a pre-designed layout or design your own home. Are you able to commit to either? If you don’t have the time or energy, you may want to wait until a new home goes on the market.
  • Homeowners Association. Does the community have an HOA? Consider what the fees are and what advantages the HOA offers. Also, check out what their rules are.

Contact a specialist in the Brentwood real estate market

Darin and Christina Cuningham are your luxury real estate experts in the greater Nashville area. If you’re interested in building or purchasing a new construction home, call us today at 615.661.4400. We are here to make your dream home a reality.

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