Post # 1
My Darling Husband and I are considering buying a new house through a national builder that has yet to be built. Have you ladies had any experience with going this route instead of resale homes? Was it positive or negative? Based on the price range we’re in, we figured out we could pay a little more and get a brand new home optioned out exactly the way we want it with an extra bedroom which is why we’re leaning that way. But we also know it’s possible to have problems with a brand new home. We live in Central Florida so local advice helps, too 🙂
Post # 3
@starlight1222: We are doing this right now! It’s been a really fun and easy process so far, but we are only at the point of just before groundbreaking (we learned that there are actually a whole lot of steps before they even break ground — we started the process three months ago). We have now chosen our lot, our home design, and our custom options on the interior, and we could not be more excited! We found it to be preferable to resale for the same reasons you mentioned — we were able to get everything we wanted (including a full-acre lot) for a good price, and it will be brand new with warranties, which will be really nice.
Post # 4
@starlight1222: We are in the process now but our house is in the final stages! We are about 3 weeks before move in date hopefully! I loved the whole process the only problem we have come across are extra expenses that we didnt account for. I dont know how builders do it down in FL but make sure your allowance for everything is large enough to get what you want! That was our problem, our kitchen allowance wasnt enough and we went way over!
Post # 5
My fiance and I bought new construction a year ago and its been a very positive experience! I’d highly recommend it! Which home builder are you considering?
Post # 6
@starlight1222: I bought/built a new townhouse from a builder while I was single, and I loved the experience.
Like you, I wanted to be able to choose all of the specs myself, and I had a really good experience with the process.
Post # 7
@starlight1222: We are kinda doing this. We bought a house in the process that another couple backed out of so we are still building but living in it at the same time. Everything was done except 2 bedrooms, kitchen, 1 bathroom and the basement. The rest was what we wanted so we went with it. Currently we are living out of the wet bar area for food and grilling. We too got a large plot of land and just finished fencing that in last weekend all 2 acres!!
Post # 8
Sounds like you all are having great experiences so far and that is great to hear! We really think new construction is the way for us to go. We’re just too picky and we can afford to buy a new home with EVERYTHING we want! Plus, we’re not exactly handy so remodeling sounds like zero fun to us.
Post # 9
@purplepie45: Ryland Homes is the builder in the neighborhood we’re currently looking at.
Post # 10
Around here, it’s not really practical. Resale homes are going for so cheap that the builders can hardly keep up, and they’re lowering finish quality to try to match resale home prices. It boils down to paying the same price for a used, but nicer home, or a brand new but lower quality home. 🙁
We bought our home almost-new as a short sale. The previous owners had only lived here for a couple of years after building it. We paid $285k for what they spent half a million to build, so that worked out pretty strongly in our favor.
Post # 11
We bought a new build home a little over a year ago and we love it. The builder had already finished building it so we didn’t get to pick things out but we loved the home and it is nice having the warrenties to cover things. We were also able to get the builders to add in a lot of “extras” in the negotiations.
Post # 12
When we bought our home, the resale homes were such a buyers market that it just didn’t make sense to build like we had originally intended. Our home had been for sale for 2+ years and the owners lived out of state and were desperate to unload it. We got an amazing price in an amazing area, which we probably couldn’t have afforded to build in.
However, I will say that we have done a TON of remodel work, which looks awesome, but has been stressful and messy. If we had built, we wouldn’t have had that stress.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I built my house 3 years ago and it was, hands down, the best decision of my life! In terms of stress, it was probably a 6 out of 10, not too bad.
Our house was built by a contractor looking for winter work so it worked out. It’s already worth $75,000 more than what we paid for it (but the land was gifted to me from family, so that’s probably why),
Here is some advice:
1. hire people who you can trust and who have good references
2. slow down- DO NOT rush important decisions
3. get EVERYTHING IN WRITING- make sure you have a lawyer to pick apart your contracts.
4. research, research, research– gas vs. electric, when the sun will come in (placement of windows), porch placement, where sockets will go, how doors will open, if you want to wire the basement, layouts/ floor plans, hardwood vs. bamboo, 8′ vs 9′ ceilings, topsoil, everything!!!
Post # 14
@starlight1222: My Darling Husband and I bought a new construction home. We signed the contract Aug 2012 and closed on Jan 18th 2013, so we’ve been in our new house for about 4 months. I love it and the process was fairly easy and went smoothly..we wouldnt have done it differently and I would highly recommend buying new construction instead of resale.
We really liked that we were able to pick every detail of our new home from the light fixtures, carpet color/padding, countertops, etc… It made the experience a lot more fun and personal for us. You really feel like you are a part of the building process and seeing your house start from just a lot to a full blown house with siding and a roof is so amazing.
Post # 15
I wanted to add that the PP had some great advice! One thing I would also stress is GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING! It may seem awkward to ask for it or silly but believe me its NOT! We made sure to get everything the sales person told us in writing with her signature and there were a few times we used it!!!
Post # 16
We bought a new townhome! We are coming up on 3 years. We loved it! We however had a wonderful builder and sales lady. When we were picking everything out she was very respectful and honest. She would state things like I would do crownmolding with us, and find an airconditioner on your own it will be cheaper. Thats the only thing I would beware of! Make sure you do your research for prices! I also loved after the first year they came in and fixed everything that settled. Our floor cracked so much that the tile guy re-tiled our laundry and kitchen. The building manager told us to keep our paint and they used that to patch up wall settles.
The only negative that I have is I kindof want a house with character, ours is so cookie cutter…