Considering New Construction? Hang Out And Talk To The Neighbors

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

One of the things I've learned from selling a signification number of to be built homes in Prince William County VA is to advise my buyer's to not only take a look at the furnished models and amenities but to talk to owners in the neighborhood to get their feedback on living in the community.   Is your favorite time to take a walk is at 6:30 PM? Then park in the neighborhood and take a walk. While you are strolling the streets strike up a conversation with current owners and find out what they like and don't like about living there. Find out how they felt about the construction process and what issues they have faced with their homes since settling in.  

On one such trip recently my clients were surprised to hear some of the concerns expressed by the neighbors about construction issues.  It made  them realize that my suggestion regarding having an independent home inspector preforming pre-drywall and pre-settlement inspections a  good one.   It is amazing the number of items that an inspector will find, not all of them critical during these inspections, that you might not notice on your own.

Based on the concerns that some of the homeowners in the neighborhood my clients were considering, an independent home inspection might have saved them time and aggravation. The level of some of the problems made us wonder how they managed to get by the Prince William County inspectors.  One homeowner mentioned they had multiple cracked floor joists that had to be replaced and another had a jetted tub which did not have proper support under it.  The most surprising issue was to hear an owner say the builder did not wrap the homes with Tyvek and they had to put plastic on their windows last winter to keep out the drafts.  They are paying to have an independent contractor come in and remove all the siding and wrap their home to keep their utility bills down. 

If you are thinking about buying new construction in Woodbridge, Dumfries, Manassas or Bristow in Prince William County don't let the lessons that the homeowners in this development learned the hard way happened to you.  Give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213 to make sure you have your own representation before you head to the builders model.  Not only can we help you sort out all of the options the builder is offering, we can advise you about options the builder won't tell you about to help you avoid some serious post closing headaches.

Check out our New Construction Buying Guide for more information on purchasing your new home in Prince William County VA.

 

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Ed Silva
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Cindy walking the neighborhood and talking to the peoplee there is a great suggestion not only for new construction but for any buyer that is a stranger. It's too late after the fact to find out nobody talks to each other in the neighborhood.
Jul 05, 2011 10:39 PM #5
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Barbara-I've had some of my past clients in a neighborhood where a new buyer is looking invite them to their homes to talk.  It has been a great marketing tool.

Jul 06, 2011 07:27 AM #6
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Judy-I spend a little time each week touring local new home communities.  Talking to the reps, learning what they are currently offering as incentives and making sure I know the inventory.  Then I'm able to help my clients narrow down their location and then they can tour in the evenings or weekends to talk to the neighbors.

Jul 06, 2011 07:28 AM #7
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Pat-it works for both new construction and resale.  Checking out the neighborhood at different times of the day to see how it "feels" is part of the process.

Jul 06, 2011 07:29 AM #8
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Ed-could point.  I currently live in a neighborhood where lots of people are out walking and chatting but lived in one before when you would barely get a nod from the neighbors.  Guess which one I like better?

Jul 06, 2011 07:30 AM #9
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Ellie-absolutely.  So many buyer's think they can't take an agent to new home site to help them with their purchase.

Jul 06, 2011 08:51 AM #10
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Cindy, I would think that if the builder didn't wrap the home, the builder and not the buyer should have to pay for having it remedied.  This guy may be the only person in the metro area who wouldn't hire a lawyer.

Jul 07, 2011 09:32 PM #11
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Hey, Cindy!

I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.

Jul 10, 2011 10:25 AM #12
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So true, So much can be learned by talking to actual customers.  Great advice for all.

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Cindy:

I advise my clients to walk the neighborhood in which they are planning to buy.  These are not new homes, but existing neighborhoods.  Every buyer should investigate their prospective neighborhood.

Jul 10, 2011 01:08 PM #14
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Pat-believe it or not they didn't offer that as part of the standard construction process.  Therefore it was up to owner to handle it themselves if they want a draft free home.  Another reason to have an agent to represent you.

Jul 10, 2011 01:16 PM #15
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Pat-thank you.

Jul 10, 2011 01:16 PM #16
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Navona-amazing what a buyer or even we can learn by hanging out in the neighborhood in the evening.

Jul 10, 2011 01:17 PM #17
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Evelyn-the advise works for both new and resale properties.  Parking at condos is another biggie to check out in our area.

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Cindy, 

This is fabulous advice.  Talk to the neighbors!  Check out the house different times of day.  Do the neighbors have animals?  Much cheaper to do a little due diligence AHEAD of a purchase!

All the best, Michelle

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Hi Cindy. Pat Kennedy blog lead me to this blog and I am glad she included your blog in her blog. I am looking into start doing new home construction sales so I found this blog very helpful. Thanks for sharing. Great post.

Jul 10, 2011 10:34 PM #20
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Michelle-you are right.  Though our clients can't sleep in the house to listen for all the creaks they can at least spend enough time hanging around the neighborhood not to be considered stalkers.

Jul 12, 2011 09:26 AM #21
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Lanre-I do a number of new construction sales throughout the year and recommend you start touring new home sites and getting to know the sales reps.

Jul 12, 2011 09:27 AM #22
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Well done. I will add this to my Facebook page.

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Cindy- Excellent advice to anyone considering new construction. Worthy of a re-blog!

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