Absolutely! A knowledgeable Real Estate agent can save you a ton of money and ten pounds of frustration. A good agent will know what is under the floors and behind the walls of any house and will help to buffer negotiate on your behalf to make the process smoother for you.
In this day and age of business, simply stated: You need a knowledgeable agent more than ever! One that will show up not only when it’s time to sign something, but will help walk you through the construction process every step of the way from site selection to the final closing.
If you really do not know what kind of product you’re buying, good or bad, or if you are unsure what is a fair and reasonable price for a home or upgrade, then you need to rely on an expert who has this knowledge and can conduct the research for you. You need an agent who can tell you that the framing is crooked, the walls are not plumb, the door and window frames, flat surfaces etc. are not level.
If you’re considering buying new home construction, remodeling your current home…or you’re already in the process, you need to arm yourself with the essentials. This basic knowledge could save you literally thousands of dollars and position yourself for a better return on your investment when you are ready to sell!
Over the many years that I have been working in new construction, I’ve come to classify builders into two groups.
1. The Good Guys
2. The Bad Guys
The Good Guys are the builders who will stand behind their work no matter what. They will keep you informed of any problems during the building process, and they will bend over backwards to help you in the event of any problems. Plus, Good Guys remain only a phone call away for warranty work after the sale.
The Bad Guys are just the opposite, they are quick to get the home closed and they cut corners everywhere possible and try to hide their mistakes behind drywall and under concrete. Once the home has transferred ownership into your name, they quickly disappear, often leaving you with the burden of hiring contractors to fix any problems.
Learning to recognize The Good Guys from The Bad Guys is a large step in the new home buying process. Becoming educated on what to look for along the way is the next big step. What is the best way to find out the reputation of your potential builder? The answer is simple: Ask!
For more detailed information see my book On The Level: New Home Construction Nailed Down.