There’s a common semi-misconception about buying a new house. Listen to any water-cooler conversation about buying a property and sooner or later this little half truth will be let out of the bag. It goes a little something like this: “buying a new construction homes means less space for your money, but they’re brand new and you won’t have to spend money fixing anything”.
Hmm. Kind of. But not always. When buying a new construction home, we are so convinced that what we are purchasing is going to be perfect that we don’t tend to go over the place with a fine-tooth comb. A long time ago, asbestos was one of the first things that we would be prudent to ask about. Anybody who was sold a home with asbestos in the walls may have been left asking when to contact a Mesothelioma lawyer. But modern day concerns extend to quite different issues.
Construction issues coming out of the cracks (almost literally)
Here’s how this scenario all too often plays out. First, buyers show initial interest in buying a new property before the property is actually built. Phone calls and emails follow. Next, money exchanges hands, and the expectant homeowner(s) looks forward to spending their first night in the new home. Fast forward slightly, and then some more, and then a little more, and the property still isn’t finished (see average construction time frames). There are delays. The reasons are spurious and come down to a circle of finger-pointing incompetence. The house needs to be finished. Bosses make demands. The builders get it done. Not exactly a rush job, but not exactly completed with love either. See where this is going? Issues with construction are perhaps the number one problem with new construction homes that face delays in the completion process.
As a follow on from the previous point, fitting that look a bit ‘thrown-together’ can take the shine off buying a new build. The issue here is that builders are not interior designers. Whereas the structure of the property is likely to be sound, the added extras once the walls and utilities are complete are never all too likely to look … well, very nice. Unlike older houses, which will have been looked after by the previous owner and been decked out with fittings in a way that is neat and homely, fittings inside new construction homes can sometimes look a little like they were left to the trainee apprentice to sort out. Which is never to end well.
Of course, you can try to avoid all of these issues by working with a quality construction firm, but no matter how the price you’re willing to pay, delays are common and issues with construction and fittings come with the territory.