Building a home is the perfect choice for many homebuyers. You get to pick your floor plan and make important decisions about upgrades, flooring, paint and much more.
However, many people who choose the home building route quickly discover it’s not as simple and straightforward as they think. There are plenty of things that go wrong during the process and hiring an agent is your best option for a successful, stress-free home building experience.
Here are 5 reasons you need an agent when you build your home.
1. Your agent will help you hire the right builder.
Choosing the right builder is the first step, and possibly the most important step, in building a home. When you hire an agent, it is their job to know the reputation and quality of the builders available and to help you find the right one for your home. Relying on word of mouth or asking around won’t give you the whole picture. It makes sense to have a professional on your side from the very beginning.
2. Your agent will help you ask your builder all the right questions
As exciting as it is to build a home, there is a huge potential to quickly become disappointed when you realize your home may not be living up to your expectations. Often, problems arise because you simply don’t know what questions to ask.
Your agent will help you navigate questions such as:
- Who will oversee the construction of your home?
- Who will answer your questions once building starts?
- Are there special financing incentives?
- What are standard features and what are the extras or upgrades?
- What if you want to make changes after construction begins?
This is a small sample of questions your agent will help you ask and get you the answers you need to make the best decisions during the entire process.
3. You’ll have a professional opinion on smart upgrades and plan modifications
Every builder has an endless list of upgrades and options for your home and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Your agent’s job is to recommend the best upgrades so you get the most bang for your buck if you choose to sell your home in the future. Your agent will also suggest finishes that are cheaper for a builder to complete and help you avoid too many improvements which could jeopardize your appraisal before closing.
4. An agent will help you with any negotiations
The agent at the builder’s site is the builder’s agent and has their best interests in mind…not yours! Having an agent in your corner means you have a professional on your side with YOUR best interests in mind. Your agent will help you with all negotiations so you don’t end up spending too much or end up with a house you don’t love. Your agent will also make sure all of the paperwork is in order and filled out correctly and leave you feeling confident in the process.
5. Your agent will represent you through the entire building and buying process
Having a professional in your corner will ease the stress and pressure you may feel during the building process. You have someone to give you advice, help you navigate tricky contracts, and act as a trusted advisor. If anything difficult comes up, you have a seasoned agent on your side helping you out.
While many people don’t think about hiring an agent when they decide to build, it’s one of the best ways to have a good experience building your dream home. You’ll rest easy knowing you have a professional in your corner.
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