Home Buying

4 Tips for Buying a New Construction Ottawa Home

Home Buying 16You recently decided you want to purchase a new construction home on the Ottawa real estate market.

Congratulations! There are plenty of perks to buying a new construction home, including deferred maintenance and modern home designs.

But before you start shopping around for a home, we encourage you to take a few moments to read our blog today.

We’ll be providing you with valuable tips on how you can ensure the purchase of your new construction home is a successful experience.

What You Should Do When Buying a Brand New Home

Here’s what we recommend to home buyers who are interested in purchasing a new construction home:

Know what you want and then ask for it! One of the biggest perks to buying a new construction home is that you can be directly involved with the planning of your new home. So if you’ve been dreaming of getting that state-of-the-art kitchen or even adding some fun features like a wine cellar, now is the time to speak up! Even if you’re just looking for a specific type of granite counter tops or a specific type of hardwood floor – you can make it happen during this phase of the home building process.

Make sure you know what you’re getting. Often, buyers will assume that whatever is in a model home will automatically be included in their new home. This is a mistake. After all, the model homes were built for just that reason: to model all of the possibilities you could include in your own home. But don’t assume that because you see chair rail molding in the model home that you’re going to get that too. Speak up and make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.

Clarify whether the home comes with a home warranty. Generally speaking, resale homes don’t usually come with items like this, you have to ask for them. The same thing holds true for new construction homes. So make sure you inquire specifically about whether that’s included in the sale of the home.

Get an Inspection. Just because the property is new doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need an inspection. In fact, the inspection process is just as crucial for a new home as it is for a resale home. Although an inspector on a resale home might be checking for damages, an inspector on a new home might be checking to make sure the work and craftsmanship is of top quality. They’ll also be able to catch any problems that you might not be able to see with the naked eye.

We’re Your Dedicated Ottawa REALTORS!

For more valuable tips on how to expertly navigate the Ottawa real estate market as a home buyer, please take a moment to contact us, Geoff & Bobbie McGowan.

We would love the opportunity to assist you by answering all of your questions and providing you with some valuable home buying resources. We’ll also be happy to share insightful information about available listings for sale.

Until next time,
Bobbie