Home Buying Tips from New Home Builders
As you look at new modern homes in search of the “perfect one,” it pays to be a smart shopper. New-home builders share that newly built homes can be just as problematic as old homes if a contractor uses shoddy construction practices. A keen eye and a professional inspection can help save you from major headaches (and costs) down the road.
New home builders recommend that you look for the following in any new modern homes:
Good Construction Practices
Pay special attention to the quality of construction in a new home of interest. New home builders encourage you to look for the following:
- Exterior walls that are flat and plumb.
- Interior walls that are square at the corners and free of bowing. The walls should not have cracks, particularly where the ceiling meets the wall.
- Floors that do not flex when you jump on them.
- Ceilings free of cracks and water spots.
- Landscaping that slopes away from all sides of the home.
- Downspouts, gutters and drainage pipes that direct water away from the home.
- A neat, properly applied roof.
- Quality installation and finishes in regards to tile work, paint, moldings and hardware.
- Quality plumbing fixtures that work well.
- Good water pressure in all areas of the home.
- Sufficient electrical and telephone outlets around the home.
- Copper water supply pipes from the water heater to the fixtures in the home.
Another smart move is to talk to individuals who live in homes that the contractor built. Learn about problems that they may have encountered with their new home’s construction.
New Home Warranty
Reputable new home builders often provide a warranty that covers necessary repairs for a certain period of time. The warranty generally lasts a year, with other components covered for extended periods. This means that if your heater breaks, basement floods, doors don’t close or roof starts to leak during the warranty period, the home builder will cover the cost of the repairs.
Tight Building Envelope
When new modern homes have a tight building envelope, they’re generally more energy-efficient and comfortable. A tight building envelope prevents cool air from escaping during the summer and warm air from escaping during the winter. Features to look for in a new home include multi-paned windows, high-efficiency doors and quality insulation.
In addition to helping the earth, green appliances help keep your energy costs low. A new home that’s energy efficient has an HVAC unit with a high SEER or EER rating, as well as a high-efficiency water heater, washing machine, dryer, stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. As you learn about a home’s appliances, find out about the warranties on these items.
Look for new modern homes that have smoke detectors that are hard-wired into the electrical components and have a backup battery if there’s a power outage. Other features of interest may also include fire retardants in the insulation and carpeting.
The home-shopping process can seem overwhelming, but it’s even more stressful to discover a home’s flaws after you’ve unpacked. Take the time inspect and learn about a prospective new home before signing any documents to make sure the dwelling meets your expectations.
H. Hudson Homes is a new home builder located in Portland, Oregon that builds new modern homes with a focus on cutting-edge design and sustainability. When it comes to purchasing a new home, buyers can rely on H. Hudson Home’s wealth of expertise in construction and contemporary building practices. View available new homes in Oregon at HHudsonHomes.com.
Posted on September 16, 2013 at 9:29 am by Joni McClintock