One of the things I’ve learned from selling a signification number of to be built homes in Northern Virginia 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.
One of the local inspectors I recommend to my clients call is Jay Markanich. Jay writes informative blog posts on issues he finds doing pre-drywall inspections in new construction homes in Northern Virginia. Check out one of his recent posts “You Can Only See This Kind Of Thing Pre-Drywall.”
If you are thinking about buying new construction in Northern Virginia give me a call before you head out the door. Let me help you avoid some of the less obvious issues that arise when you are buying a new home.