Choosing to go through the new construction process for a new home or condominium is an adventure- one that can not be perfectly predicted. It is not for everyone. New construction is a great option for buyers who are not on a tight timeline, who are looking for very specific elements to a home, or enjoy the creative process. It is a complicated dance a buyer and the builder enter into when the purchase agreement is signed. The biggest challenge for both parties is often the timeline. At the start of a project, to be updated throughout, a builder or contractor will provide the buyer with an estimated timeline. Thus begins the domino effect.
Moving along in the build process involves a builder coordinating trades and making sure the blueprint plans become the home envisioned. If there were no outside factors, the builder has primary responsibility to make sure the domino chain falls in an orderly, accurate way. However, this is not the case. First, there are outside, uncontrollable factors that can pause or throw off the domino’s in their falling pattern- weather, suppliers, individual trade schedules, inspections, and holidays can send the dominos off kilter. The buyer also has responsibility in the domino chain of events in making selections in a timely manner. If a buyer delays a decision, it could then delay the entire project.
A real life example of how random ‘missing’ dominos can suddenly derail the best laid plans was when a cabinet manufacturer suffered severe flooding at their plant. Orders were then sent to another facility, which then caused long backups because there were not enough laborers for the work to be done. The result was an unexpected, unseen 3 week delay in cabinet delivery, which then delays items such as countertop, backsplash, and finish plumbing work.
Buyers who are willing to take part in the exhilarating adventure of new construction homes will be richly rewarded for their patience. Once all the dominos fall- they will have a home that perfectly reflects them and their lifestyle. As long as they are willing to be patient, manage expectations, and understand the fluidity of timelines- it can all be worthwhile! Contact Spica Real Estate today to see if building a home is right for you or for information on any current opportunities for new home or condo buying.