(Closed) New home construction experiences?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@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
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@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
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@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 # 10
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

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
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@moriah:  +1

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
4692 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@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
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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…

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