Frequently Asked Questions
Purchasing a new home should begin with lots of questions to help you to understand the buying process and make the right decisions about the new home you buy and the Las Vegas home builder you choose to work with.
Here are some of the common questions that home buyers ask of Las Vegas Real Estate Agents, in consumer seminars, in calls to local Home Builders' Association offices, and in builders' sales centres.
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How do I make sure that I choose the right new home builder?
Start out by contacting a number of new home builders. Check out each company, the quality of their homes and their approach to dealing with home buyers. Visit model homes, sales offices and community developments. Get facts and figures about every builder. For instance, how long have they been in business? Where have they built before? Do they belong to the local Home Builders' Association? Ask about their business practices: what would it be like building a home with their company? Get references to past customers and follow up. Now you have a solid basis for comparison and decision-making.
How long will it take to build my home?
The time required to build a new home can vary considerably, depending on lot preparations, the size of your home and the complexity of its design, availability of labour, and many other factors. In larger developments, construction of your home may not begin until a certain percentage of the homes have been pre-sold. Your builder will provide you with a detailed schedule of milestones, so you'll know exactly what to expect and when.
What are my opportunities to personalize my home?
The vast majority of new home builders offer a great selection of finishing products (e.g. flooring, cabinetry, fixtures) so home buyers can pick and choose according to their own tastes. Often, a plan or layout can be modified—e.g. moving walls, expanding closets, adding windows. However, each builder has a different approach, so make sure to ask: What are my choices? Can I make changes? What are the costs, if any? In larger developments, the exterior style elements and colour scheme may be architecturally determined, so there may be fewer opportunities for changes to accommodate personal preferences.
Can I visit the construction site as my home is being built?
Seeing your home take shape can be an exciting aspect of buying a new home. Ask your builder about the company's policy on site visits and how to make arrangements. For safety reasons, you should not make unscheduled visits. It is also against workplace safety regulations. Find out who will be your contact person during construction, and how they will communicate with you.
What are your payment terms?
How much of a deposit does the builder require to reserve a home, and when signing a contract? Does the company require progress payments linked to milestones? Will you have to pay for upgrades and extras separately at the time of selection, or will the cost be added to the final balance due upon completion? How does the company deal with change orders, in case you wish to make changes after construction begins? The builder’s payment structure can influence your financing arrangements, so make sure you discuss the details with your lender.
Is my deposit protected?
Professional builders provide third-party warranty on their homes to protect purchasers against faulty materials or workmanship, for specified periods of time. Under this warranty, home buyers’ deposits are protected, up to a certain amount, in case the builder is unable to close the sale or complete construction. The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) require builders to purchase a third-party warranty as a way to protect buyers of newly built homes with FHA or VA loans. But are optional otherwise. Also, the coverage offered by warranty programs varies, so it is important to ask your builder to explain exactly what kind of warranty the company offers and what's covered, or call the warranty program for information.
What if there is a delay in finishing the home?
In the vast majority of cases, your home will be ready as scheduled. Occasionally, a delay may happen as the result of the unforeseeable—most often, sudden shortages of materials or labour. When a delay is unavoidable, your builder will work hard to minimize any inconvenience to you and your family. Ask your builder to explain in detail what you can expect in case of delay, and any other “what if” situations you may be wondering about.
What else should I know about?
Never hesitate to ask anything that’s on your mind. There is a lot to think about and a lot to know before you can make an informed decision. Professional new home builders and their staff welcome your questions. They know that a well-informed home buyer is a confident home buyer, and that means a far more enjoyable and satisfying buying experience for both parties.
New Home Owner FAQ's
If my builder determines there is a problem with my home, will I have to pay to have it fixed?
If your builder determines a construction defect, you and your builder will work together to determine how the correction is paid for. If the correction is covered under one of the warranted components, you will be advised to contact the proper warranty company for service.
If my problem is not covered under my warranty, what are my options?
If the problem is not covered under the warranty, the homeowner should assume the costs to fix the problem.
I contacted my builder, but they weren’t helpful. What do I do next?
If you are still having trouble resolving your issue, please feel encouraged to reach out to the Nevada Home Builders Association for assistance. You also have the option to file a complaint with the Nevada State Contractor’s Board, which is the licensing agency for builders and subcontractors. The Board will open an investigation and work with you and the contractor to resolve any validated issues. If the contractor is unable to correct the issues, you may be eligible for financial recourse up to $35,000 through the Board’s Residential Recovery Fund.
I am not the original owner of my home. Can I still file a complaint about a construction problem?
Yes, you can. The important thing is to determine is if the problem is covered under Chapter 40. You can contact your builder to find out more information about when your home was built and if your problems are covered.
I do not know when my home was built. How can I find that out?
If you don’t know when your home was built, the best thing to do is to contact your builder.
I do not know who built my home. Where can I search for that information?
The most direct way to find your builder is to contact your local building or planning department. They are required to keep that information on file for 10 years and are able to look up the homebuilder by your home’s address.
My builder is no longer in business.
If your builder is no longer in business, contact the Nevada Home Builders Association for more assistance.
I’ve read through the information on your website, but I still have a question. Who do I contact?
If you have additional questions or need help resolving an issue, please email the Nevada Home Builders Association at email@example.com.
What does a new construction warranty cover?
A home warranty is an agreement that covers the repair or replacement of certain home components and for specific periods of time. Warranties can be issued directly by your homebuilder or by an independent company. As a homeowner, you can also opt to purchase additional add-on service contracts on their own from third-party warranty companies to supplement the coverage provided by your builder. Read More
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