Finally, this the last chapter in my series on buying a new home in Denver will help you with the final walk-through. As a Denver Realtor who often represents buyers in purchasing a brand new home, I want to share some the advice I give my clients along the way.
You are not required to use your own Realtor when buying a new home in Denver. But, you should. There is no cost to you. The builder’s on-site agent is paid to protect the builder, but, who is going to protect you?
Final Walk-through When Buying A New Home in Denver
If you’ve never purchased a new construction home, prepare a final inspection checklist. You may not know what to look for during the final inspection of your new home. But, this walk-through gives you the opportunity to check that your new home meets all of your specifications. And, you want to ensure it meets all necessary building codes. Your Realtor and an experienced home inspector can provide you with professional advice. And, they can help you detect any potential construction flaws you may not be able to spot on your own. Here are some things to be sure to check.
The doors and windows should open and close easily with no gaps around the framing and all locks should be tested. Wood flooring needs to be checked to ensure that it’s level, finished properly and painted areas should be smooth and edged perfectly. Check all surfaces on installed items such as fixtures, counters, and cabinets for any nicks or scratches.
In the kitchen and bathrooms, make sure all appliances are to your specifications and in working order. Cabinets should be hung evenly and open and close with ease. Check water pressure in all faucets and toilets and test electricity in outlets by running a small hand-held appliance. Also, all lights should be switched on and off to ensure they are in working condition. While you’re checking the lights, make sure that all lighting fixtures s match what you ordered and are installed correctly.
You should take the time to test the air conditioning if the outside air temperature is above 60 degrees. And, check to make sure that the water heats up quickly and sufficiently.
Also, you should thoroughly check any attics and cellars. Pay particular attention to any leaks or dampness, Also, check that insulation is present and the condition of any beams, joists and support poles.
Exterior inspection When Buying a New Home in Denver
Now it’s time to turn your attention to the outside of your new home.
Check the foundation to make sure there aren’t any cracks, or areas that could accumulate water. The roof should have shingles that are uniform and straight with no buckling or imperfections. Don’t forget to double-check all gutters, flashings, and spouts are installed properly. Trust me. It’s easy for the builder to miss a downspout or even a section of gutters.
Additionally, all landscaping and bushes should be inspected be to your specifications with any clippings or debris removed. To ensure that pavers are installed correctly and evenly without any loose or missing stones, test them by walking on them. Make sure you check all patios and decks. While you’re at it, check that the garage door works too.
Paying attention to these details will give the confidence to move in and start enjoying your beautiful new home. Remember, some buyers may choose not to close if there are any major defects or deficiencies and will until those items corrected. Alternatively, another option is you may choose to accept a written promise by the builder’s representative to correct those deficiencies by a date certain.
Your New Home Closing
After you have your final walk-through inspection, you will go to closing at the title company. So, get excited, because you are about to close and obtain everything you have been expecting. You are about to buy a new home in Denver! Congratulations!
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