5 Critical Questions To Ask When Buying A New Home
Published on Feb 27, 2017

Buying a new home offers a fresh start in your life. To make sure that your fresh start is a smart move, it is important to do a little bit of research. 
What questions do you need to ask when buying a new home? Read on.

Is a Home Warranty offered? Do I need one?

When buying a new home there are the obvious costs – the home, insurance, upgrades and alterations. But there are hidden costs as well. A home warranty can help save you money in the short- and long-term and give you peace of mind.

A home warranty is a service contract that covers the repair or replacement of important home system components and appliances that break down over time. Breakdowns are inevitable – home system components and appliances simply wear out over time.

Great Southern Homes are sold with the finest warranty service programs available. We back each new home we build with a 10-year Structural Warranty. Every home we build is also covered by a 1-year Builder Warranty and a 2-year Limited Mechanical Warranty. During this time, our in-house warranty and customer service department is available to help resolve any problems that may arise with your home.

Read More about the Great Southern Homes Home Warranty Program.

What are the long-term plans for the community?

There is a very high probability that your new home is part of a new community. Before you buy a new home, make sure that you ask your builder or agent whether all the properties have been built or are there any more planned for the future? Your community should have a master plan, and you should rest assured that your planned community will continue as planned.

Great Southern Homes has built over 5,000 homes over the last 20 years. We know how to plan communities the right way, and we are always happy to share our vision for your future neighborhood.

Can I talk to few of your past clients?

Reference and reviews are the most useful information when you want to buy a new home. Ask the past clients of the home builder questions regarding the nature of the builder and an account for the builder's responsive nature.

Great Southern Homes is proud of the relationships we have forged with our homeowners, and we will gladly put potential customers in touch with other satisfied customers.

Contact Great Southern Homes for references.

Are there any HOA Rules & Regulations?

When buying a new home, you should keep in mind that each HOA has its own Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions and bylaws. Make sure that you get these from your builder and review them carefully. There are numerous cases where HOAs do not allow certain inclusions such as storage sheds, solar panels or even private fences in a few cases. And the HOA can even assess a homeowner penalty for infractions of such infractions of the rules.

Great Southern Homes is happy to will walk you through the ins and outs of your new neighborhood at any time.

How Energy Efficient is my new home?

Saving energy means saving money. Many home builders say that their homes are energy efficient, but they only do a fraction of what they should to build energy-efficient homes the right way. At Great Southern Homes we believe that energy efficiency is a priority for every new home. It saves money and simply makes sense. That’s why we created our own energy efficiency program: GreenSmart Homes.

A GreenSmart Home uses state-of-the-art technology to make your house smart and energy efficient. Live Green. Live Smart.

If you are in the market for a new home, you have got a lot of options. The sales of new homes have surged in the recent years, and new residential constructions are at the peak right now. But your new home can be a perfect choice only when you know how to deal with the market and what to look for. If you are hunting for new homes in Columbia, your search ends with Great Southern Homes.