New Construction Mistakes to Avoid

by Carolyn Andrews 08/01/2021

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New construction mistakes can be difficult for homeowners to avoid. After all, just what exactly do you know about fiberglass batts or blower tests? These are common industry terms, but not exactly everyday topics of conversation. Without overwhelming you with jargon or asking you to study up, we'll look at our top five for buyers to avoid new home mistakes.

1. Accept What You Don't Know

Believe it or not, it's beneficial to come in without expectations or assumptions. If you don't know very much about the construction process, that's perfectly fine. It shouldn't stop you from buying a new build. However, it should prompt you to seek expert opinions. When you're unsure of something, it's better to speak up than nod along. From calling up past clients to hiring third-party inspectors, you have the power to clarify what's going on in your soon-to-be dream home.

2. Stay Involved

There are different degrees of involvement for buyers, depending on the policies of the builder and the interest of the buyer. Some buyers will want to be consulted on nearly everything, but others take a hands-off approach. When builders feel as though there's no oversight, they might be more likely to make executive decisions that stray from the original plans. Look for builders who go the extra mile. For example, a company that provides a quality report at the end of each workday. (Just make sure that it's one that you can interpret.)

3. Check the Job Site

This is probably the easiest tip for anyone who's unfamiliar with the home construction process. Cleanliness is often a sign of the builder's attention to detail and time management skills. If they don't see a problem in leaving litter around, they might not see a problem in rushing through the roofing either. Plus, how the site looks is also a signal to the crew and neighbors in terms of morale. The more disorganized, the more difficult it can be to respect the land and the home. However, keep in mind that a clean job site doesn't necessarily mean everything is perfect. Some crews might not compromise on their work just because they leave a mess, and vice versa.

4. Talk to the Supervisor

You should know who's in charge of regular supervision and what they think of the process. You don't have to be friends with them, but you should feel comfortable getting them on the phone and having a discussion. Supervisors should be giving you the real progress reports- ones that include unforeseen snags in the process as well as the triumphs. Just keep in mind that how a supervisor interacts with the crew will depend on their system. Some builders might rely primarily on subcontractors, which can affect the involvement or schedule of the supervisor.

5. Don't Second-Guess Yourself

When you're building a home from scratch, you don't want to make too many changes when you're already in the construction process. This doesn't mean that you can't have some last-minute requests, but it does mean that you should be keeping them to a minimum. Altering plans has ripple effects for other jobs down the line, creating more chances for mistakes to be made. You should have the location, team, and configuration details finalized long before anyone breaks ground.

By keeping tabs on the build, there are fewer chances of an unpleasant surprise. While builders will work with you if problems are discovered after the official home inspection, it's easier to avoid those negotiations altogether by being involved from the beginning.

About the Author

Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews has over 30 years licensed Brokerage experience in both California and Colorado. Born in England, Carolyn moved to California in 1980, then relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1991. Carolyn has also received recognition for Top Sales at RE/MAX Alliance Aurora in 2007-2008 and is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Chairman’s Club, as well as a recipient of the ReMax Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn has sold over 2000 homes personally in her career. Carolyn has been actively involved in many aspects of the Real Estate business including investment property, luxury homes, mountain resort property, skiin/ski out, REO/default management, loss mitigation, valuations, and disposition. She has been a speaker and panelist at several conferences and has been consulted on many occasions by various organizations in the REO/financial industries for her expertise and served on many boards. She has attended numerous ongoing classes to stay abreast of changes in the ever-evolving Real Estate industry. She is the prior State Director for Colorado for VAREP(Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). She is a member of 3 boards of Realtors including Metro Denver, Colorado Springs and Summit County mountain areas. She heads up The Andrews Group and is or has been an active member of NAR, CAR,REOMAC, CIPS, CRS, AREAA, NAPW, NAHREP, and is an original member of the ELITEReal Estate network. She was ranked #1 for most homes sold in Denver 2007 by Denver Board of Realtors, #2 for 2008, and #2 for 2009, #5 in 2010 and #4 in 2011 and has been consistently in the top 10 ever since. Carolyn Andrews has been a top rated Endorsed Local Provider for the Dave Ramsey Organization and also a Top Producing agent for 2018 for the Homelight Company.