Be a Savvy Home Buyer

When you decide that you want to buy a new house or condo from a builder, be prepared to ask lots of questions at the sales office.

If you are buying a condo, ask what direction your suite will be facing and what view you will have.  You want to make sure that you are not facing the dumpsters.  Sometimes a builder will negotiate price if your view is less than desirable.  If the builder is advertising 9 ft ceilings, make sure that the complete ceiling is 9 feet.  Sometimes there are bulkheads which can take up some space all around the perimeter of the room which means your ceilings are only 9 ft in the centre of the room.  Make sure you understand the difference between interim occupancy and final closing.  The sales office should explain it to you and let you know how much your monthly payment will be during interim occupancy.

If you are purchasing a house, find out if you will have sidewalks on your side of the street.  Some people don’t like sidewalks because it cuts into the driveway space.  Make sure you understand the elevation that your choose.  One house may have a bay window and another may not.  The exact same interior layout of a house, may have different exterior finishes, so make sure you pick the elevation that you love.

For both condos and houses. Get everything in writing.  If you are making interior changes, make sure that the changes are evident on the floor plan and in writing as part of the Agreement of Purchase and Sales.  Never depend on verbal agreements regarding changes or upgrades.  Also, make sure that the sales person calls over to construction to confirm that your change request can be made.   Many times a sales person will agree to a change in the floor plan, only for you to find out later that the change was not allowed.  This happens all the time because the salesperson didn’t check first.   I hate to say this, but sales people will promise almost anything to secure a sale.

So the most important thing to remember is ask questions, and get everything in writing.  This will help make the buying experience so much easier and stress-free.


About dfconsultants

I have worked in the new home construction industry for 15 years as a Customer Care Manager. I identified a need in customer service which was not being addressed so I decided to start my own company and founded DF Consultants. We educate new home buyers in the After Sales Service process and procedures. Builders have also recognized the advantage of having DF Consultants on their team, so we work with them doing Quality Assurance Inspections (Pre-PDI's), right through to conducting professional PDI's with their purchasers. Our mission is to change the dynamics in the new home construction industry, to improve communcation between builders and their homeowners creating a strong and lasting relationship.
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