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What Should Buyers Look For When Buying a New House?

Gwen Alexis

For many buyers, new construction has great appeal and often gets a free pass based on the assumption that "If it's new, it's perfect.

There is no hidden asbestos lurking in far corner of the basement, no mold eating away at the walls behind the shower stall and no retrofitting or knocking out walls to get that HGTV open concept look.

It's move-in ready -- just place the furniture and start living. Blinded by those shiny stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, buyers often overlook asking important questions. Below are some questions to consider:

Is there any insulation between the floors to abate noise?

How many heating and AC zones? If there are four bedrooms, will two be enough?

How energy efficient is the house? Energy efficient systems are a high priority for today's savvy buyer. For example, what kind of windows did they use?

Is the piping behind the walls PVC or galvanized? PVC can be noisy especially if it is running perpendicular between floors.

Is there sufficient drainage around the house? Flooding in the basement is not pretty.

Buying brand new construction has many advantages over an older home that needs updating. And while new construction must meet codes and is usually under warranty for at least a year, many aspects that meet code may not meet the buyer's expectation once they move in.

That's why it's important to do your homework and ask the right questions, so that the excitement of putting the key in the front door for the first time continues to remain for years to come.

Gwen Alexis,
Halstead Connecticut, LLC,
(203) 656-6581 office,
(203) 858-4742 cell,

Friday, January 01, 2016