March 2012

Home Inspections for New Construction

When you buy a house, one of the first things that any realtor worth their salt will tell you is that you need to get a home inspection. And, that’s a good idea. Inspectors are generally licensed by the state to assess what is wrong about a home. They can tell you the life left in a shingle roof, if the windows leak, if the electrical wiring is up to code and whether or not the water flow is sufficient. All good things to know before you invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into buying a home.

4 Unexpected Move-in Costs For Your New Home

When you move into a new home that you’ve built, you know you need money for the closing costs and down payments. You’ve probably already set up things with your insurance guy. You may have even had to pay for a few extras like the kitchen cabinet upgrade or the granite counters yourself, out-of-pocket. There are a few things that you didn’t count on, though.

1.    New appliances. Maybe you are new home buyers and don’t have appliances. Maybe you want a pretty new front load washer in candy apple red for your new laundry room. Whatever the case, appliances can be expensive.

2.    Window Coverings. Listen, up guys. I am not talking about those frilly curtains that you have been avoiding. I am talking about basic privacy. Plan on at least $50-100 a window, unless you want to tack up some sheets.