Buying a Home: Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney

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Buying a Home: Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney

When I bought my first home, I basically signed whatever was placed in front of me. The idea of becoming a homeowner overshadowed any concerns that I might have. Besides, the agent seemed to know just what needed to be done. It was only later that I learned there was some confusion about the location of the property lines. Two years and several thousand dollars later, I finally got things straightened out. When I bought my second home, you can bet that I had a real estate attorney by my side. Everything was checked and double-checked before I signed anything If you are thinking about buying a home, take nothing for granted. Let me tell you more about my experience and why you need your own legal counsel. In the long run, you'll save a lot of time and trouble.

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Having a new home built can be an exciting and rewarding experience, as long as you have an experienced and reliable construction contractor to work with. Here are a few things to consider when hiring a company for your new home construction:

Changes to the Original Design

One of the most important things to think about when hiring a construction company to build you a new home is what their policies are for making changes to the original house design that you worked together to create. If you decide that you want to make changes to the kitchen's floor plan after the house plans have already been approved and stamped by the county, what kinds of fees would be involved and how long would it take to make the changes?

If you want to install bamboo flooring instead of laminate like you originally planned, is your contractor willing to make the changes and will a penalty fee be involved? Consider all the house plans you're currently making but aren't completely happy with so your contractor can review it and provide you with feedback that gives you insight into what you can expect as your home building project progresses.

Project Timelines

Another consideration to make while choosing a home building contractor to work with is specific project timelines. Your contractor should be able to provide you with a timeline quote breakdown for every phase of your project including:

  • Creation and architecture stamping of official house plans.

  • Foundation prepping and pouring.

  • Septic preparation and installation.

  • Home building.

  • Electrical and plumbing installation.

Without an accurate timeline for each phase of your building project, it can be tough to plan landscape development projects around major construction times, or even to plan a move to your new home.

Construction Site Maintenance

If you don't have a firm commitment from your contractor to maintain the construction site before they begin building your home, there is a chance that you'll be stuck figuring out what to do with all the debris and junk materials that accumulate as the days pass. Make sure your contractor plans to have a dumpster delivered so management of garbage and debris is easy for their team, and that they'll maintain full responsibility for any equipment of materials that are left onsite outside of construction hours. They may take everything with them at the end of the day, or put a storage shed on your property to secure it in.