February 2012

Blue Painter’s Tape And Your Final Walk-Thru

You want me to stick what … where? Yes. In this amazing age of technology, cell phones can take pictures and videos. Computers are portable and fit in the palm of just two hands. Images on a piece of paper can be sent electronically via facsimile anywhere in the world within seconds. Yet, we still use the simple blue painter’s tape for final walk-thrus on new construction houses. It may be very low tech, but it works. Why change it?

So, what are you looking for. Well, more than likely, your builder will have a checklist that he or she wants to go over with you. That’s a great starting point. Be sure to take your relator with you, however. They are not excited about your new home in the same sense that you are. They do not have butterflies in their stomachs, like you do. In fact, this is where a realtor earns their commission in a new home sale. Let them be your eyes and ears. Let them see every little flaw that you don’t notice in your excitement.

Considerations when Buying a New Home

When you are buying a new home, there are a lot of different things to consider.  When you are building, you get to make decisions on absolutely everything, but even if it is in the stages of being built, you can still give your input and get some of the features you want.   A lot of this will depend of course on what stage it is in though.

But if you are purchasing a home that is already built, but has not been lived in yet, you do have some leverage in your negotiations.  This is especially true if the house has been on the market for a while and it is not moving, just like a home that has already been lived in before.  But with a new build, you may be able to get them to change some of the features that you may not like such as the colour of the walls or the type of flooring in a room.