Buying a new home can and should be one of the most exiting purchases of your life. But for a lot of new home buying it’s a frustrating and expensive ordeal for them and their family. Not to mention, time consuming.
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New home process
Building new homes involve a lot of processes which I will explain in this guide. Here are the processes involved in building your new home:
Choose a Realtor
When you are constructing a new home, you will definitely need a Realtor. The Realtor understands everything that has to do with purchasing or building new homes, so experience is priceless. Your Realtor can get you a better deal and do everything in your best interest. With a Realtor, you can avoid last minute surprises. So don’t go through the complicated home building process without a Realtor. After getting a Realtor, start looking for your new home. Your Realtor will be critical in the process.
Write a contract
After deciding to build a new home, you need to sign the construction contract. Before you put pen to paper, make sure you review the contract and ask your Realtor anything that is not clear to you. Your realtor will help you negotiate any terms you want to negotiate to get the best deal.
When it comes to building a new home, many benefits come with it. From low repair costs, higher energy efficiency to the chance to customize several features, building a new home is better than buying an old house and renovating it. So after deciding to build a new home, you need to get a loan to get the job done.
Start your loan approval process. Meet the lender to get pre-approved for the amount you need. Unless you are paying in cash for the new home, you need to get a mortgage loan.
Personalize your new home
You will have a private appointment with a design consultant to help you with color schemes, options, upgrades and all other features. Here is where expertise comes to play. If your land is smaller than your specifications, professional design consultant knows what to do to accommodate your specifications. So make sure you personalize the home and customize it to your taste.
Pre-construction & Meeting your construction manager
The builder will apply for the building permit, prepare your home site and order materials. After the site has been prepared and the materials are ordered, you need to schedule a meeting to check the site and the quality of materials that will be used to build your home.
You will learn about the construction process, review specific information about your home and confirm your option.
Foundation will be poured
Often, preparation and foundation of your site are carried out by the same workers, but it may not be the case if there are woods on your site. If your site is wooded, you need bulldozer and backhoe crew to clear the trees, rocks and debris, as well as leveling the site. After clearing and leveling, footings will be installed and the concrete will be poured.
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The concrete will be allowed to cure and after it is cured, the waterproofing membrane will be applied to the foundation walls. The drains, plumbing that needs to go into the basement, water taps and sewer will also be installed.
After the concrete is cured, a city inspector will inspect it to ensure the components are installed properly and up to the standard. Depending on the type of foundation, there may be multiple inspections at this stage.
The walls, roof and the floor system are completed (the skeleton of the new home). OSB or plywood will be applied to the exterior walls and the roof, exterior doors and windows will be installed. Then the sheathing will be covered with a house wrap to prevent water from penetrating the structure but allow water vapor to escape. After the walls, doorways and windows are framed, your home will start to take shape.
Once your home is framed, the roof and exterior walls of your home are installed to protect the interior from the weather, thus assuring that work can start indoors without the materials suffering damage as a result of snow, wind, rain, etc.
If it is a high-rise building, dry-in may be confined to the part of the building where interior work is being carried out. In most cases, engineer, contractor or architect may specify a temporary building protective measure to allow certain interior work to commence.
Once the shell, roofing and siding are completed, it is time for plumbing and electrical contractors to run the wires and pipes through the ceilings, floors and interior walls. Sewer vents and lines, as well as water supply lines will be installed. At this point, one-piece tub/shower and bathtubs units will be put in place.
Most of the electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation are installed. HVAC vent pipes will be passed through the roof and insulation will also be installed in the ceilings, walls and floors.
After the roofing is up, the building will be considered “dried-in.” So electrician can install receptacles for switches, lights and outlets. Wiring for cable TV, music system and telephones will also be included in the electrical work. Note that both plumbing and HVAC are usually installed before the wiring will be completed.
After the plumbing, electrical, mechanical and rough framing, there will be another inspection to ensure compliance with the building codes. The framing inspection will be carried out separately from both electrical and mechanical inspections.
Your construction manager will walk you through your framed home. You will be able to look at the work they have done so far and see if everything is going according to your specifications. And if you have any complaint, this is the time you can make complaints.
The builder will complete the drywall finishes. Interior doors, window sills, door castings, baseboards, stair balusters, fireplace mantes and moldings will be installed, as well as the cabinets, trims, countertops, paint, electrical, plumbing fixtures and flooring.
Generally, patios, walkways and driveways are formed at this stage. Although several builders prefer waiting until the end of the building project before making the driveway because heavy equipment can destroy the concrete, some builders construct driveway immediately the foundation is completed. If the driveway is poured, the owner will not get his or her shoe muddy when visiting the construction site.
Wood flooring, vinyl and ceramic tile are installed and the exterior finish grading is also completed to make sure there is proper drainage.
Final quality assurance check
Your construction manager walks you through your new home for quality and will resolve issues. When building new homes, several things can go wrong and if you don’t identify those issues along the way, they may become big problems later. You need to inspect the building to ensure any issue with the project is corrected before the project is completed.
Hire your own personal third-party inspector. You also need an expert to check for you. Get an independent, licensed, qualified quality assurance to inspect the building for you to ensure everything in your new home is of high quality and built according to the US building codes.
You may be asking why you need a quality assurance to inspect your home. New homes are huge investment and the building process is generally emotionally stressful for the property owner. You may not be able to figure out everything that may be wrong with the new house, hence the need for an independent inspector to inspect the home for you. The quality assurance service will ensure high-quality workmanship and identify defects to be rectified.
It is always hard to rectify problems that are not identified before the completion of the home. For instance, if wall framing is not right before the framing is covered by plasterboard or insulation, it is often too late to rectify it. So quality assurance inspection is important.
New home presentation tour
Your construction manager will walk you through your home to demonstrate the features and functions, as well as confirm the quality. The manager will also explain your maintenance responsibilities and upkeep, as well as warranty procedures and coverage. This is known as a pre-settlement walkthrough. When the manager is walking you through, be attentive; so that you can spot the things to be adjusted. Check the surfaces of the fixtures, walls, floors and countertops for possible damage.
Also, learn how to use add-ons such as the house security network. This is also the period to ensure more safety is integrated into your new home. When you are walking the property, view it through the lens of a burglar to determine where you need more lighting. You should also meet your neighbors and consider adding security items like motion sensor lights, window & door sensors and security cameras. Once you’ve completed this stage, you can close. But make sure to ask for the adjustment of anything you feel is not right before you close and receive the keys because, after you have received your keys, adjusting anything may be difficult.
After you have been walked through the new home and you’ve listed things that needed to be corrected, the builder will complete any last minute repairs and touch-ups. After everything is completed, it is time for the new home delivery tour. Your construction manager will walk through your home with you and go over maintenance of your home.
Closing/ receiving the keys to your home
Real estate closing means settlement. It is the process by which you receive the title of the new home. Depending on where the closing takes place, attorneys, a title agent, real estate agents, you and the lender’s representative will be present at closing. The title company could also handle the signing of your final purchase and loan document. After signing the documents, you become the owner. Congratulations! The home is yours.
Registration / warranties
Building a new home is a very exciting thing, but you must register your home into the statutory warranty program. Make sure you fill out warranty cards (register online) for all application.
Customer care/warranty department
Make sure you read and understand the builder warranty booklet. Complete an online warranty ticket if you feel anything is not right.
The American Dream
It's the dream of Americans to own a new home and if you are ready to build your home, you need an experienced real estate agent that can walk you through the new home construction process. If you are looking for a reliable real estate agent for your new home project, Mohr Home Group can help. Although there are several agents out there, experience and integrity matter when it comes to choosing a real estate agent.
Mohr Home Group has the experience, integrity and the expertise to help you build your dream home. If you are looking to build a new home in Tampa, We are always available to help you. If you have any question, contact us.
Although purchasing an existing home looks appealing because you don’t have to wait for it to be constructed, building a new home has several advantages. If you doubt that, continue reading to see the benefits of building a new home.
Advantages of building a new home
1. You will start with a blank page
You read that right! With a new home, you will be presented with a blank page which gives you the power to fill what you want and need. You can select floor you want, the layout and features. You will be able to choose the type of home you love with preference, as well as square footage. Building a new home is better because buying a resale home is like fitting a square peg into a round hole.
2. A chance to add a personal touch
Building your home from scratch will give you a chance to add a personal touch. You can choose the fixtures, appliances and finishes you like, as well as the color scheme of your choice. With a new home, customization is easy because you will monitor every stage of the building
3. The new home is backed by a warranty
One of the biggest advantages of building a new home is that you will get protection because it will be backed by a new home warranty. New homes in Tampa are backed by a warranty program that will cover your new home for up to 10 years.
Your new home is truly new!
Getting your home built from scratch means it will be built to the latest building codes. It also comes with top quality materials, while older home will have different unseen issues like lead paint, asbestos, cracking foundations and more. New energy codes mean foundation, insulation and efficient systems like HAVC, air filtration and plumbing. You can even go green!
Whether you are looking to build a luxury home or a simple starter home, construction of new homes contain several unknowns which can be overwhelming. It can be more overwhelming if you experience hiccups in the planning process or you are not sure of where to start. Depending on the weather condition, availability of worker, square footage and supplies, the new home process can take about three months to a year or more.
One amazing thing about new homes, is that most of them are built based on standardized building practices. Although the quality outside is always consistent, the quality inside is also important. Not all homes are built using quality materials inside. So if you are looking to build a new home, you need to ask someone who knows about new homes.
If you have any question about the process of building a new home are about buying a new home in Tampa please contact me at www.tampa2enjoy.com/contact-us/.