Are you thinking about buying new construction in the Midwest, specifically Northern Illinois? In this video, we’re are going to talk about the top 10 things that you need to know when buying new construction. I’ll share all the things you’ll want to consider when building your dream home from the ground up.

So let’s get started with the countdown. work our way up to the #1 thing you’ll want to be aware of when buying new construction.

#10: Lot Location

Make sure to pay attention to what direction your house is going to be facing. Lot location is something you can never change, so you want to ensure that it's absolutely perfect. Think about where the sun rises and where the sun sets. You don't want your house facing southwest or west, because in the late afternoon that sun is going to be baking your home right around dinnertime.

#9: Outlet Placements

Coming in at number nine, make sure to pay attention to where the outlets are placed. You’ll also want to think about any extra outlets you may need to add. The builder is only going to include the number of outlets that are required by code. So look at where you're going to place your furniture and look at where the outlets are. If you need to, now's the time to add a couple of them.

However, keep in mind that this will be an upgrade and the builder will charge you for it. You might be able to hire an electrician and do it for half the cost once you move in.

#8: Exterior Walls

Are your exterior walls 2x4s or 2x6s? Make sure you check how big your exterior walls are, and trust me—you want to make sure they are 2x6 so you have that nice wide window ledge.

#7: Upgrade Your Lot

Don't settle for a standard lot. Pick the lot that truly fits your needs. Most if not all builders have an upcharge for premium costs for these special lots; you’ll see upcharges of $5,000  to $20,000 and higher.

For example, Pulte Home is building a new subdivision in Algonquin, Illinois right now. The subdivision is located in the Huntley School District 158. I heard the builder had an auction type of event for the first few phases of the vacant lots. These were offered in an auction environment. Now keep in mind, this doesn't include the house that you select either. Can you imagine bidding against others just to get a lot in a production home community with no custom or semi-custom homes

#6: Upgrade Later

Don't buy your upgrades through the builder, as upgrades are marked up considerably. Do the changes or upgrades that you want to do after you move in and do the things now that you can't physically change down the road. For example, get the builder-grade carpet and add the hardwood floors after you move in.

#5: HOAs

This is very important: review the covenants and restrictions in the community, understand them, and make sure you’re aware of what you can and can't do. This piece of advice will come in handy if you have a work vehicle or a boat that you think you can park in the driveway. Or how about the pool, the shed, or the fence that you're hoping to add or build later? You might not be able to. So be sure to read those HOA rules and understand them before you buy.

#4: Plan For Storage

A basement is a great option for partial. Trust me, you're going to want to storage. Make sure you look above the garage. See if there's some attic space there. Look in the house. You're going to need it down the road. As a matter of fact, we've got a crib that all four of our children used. I had no place to put it, but we didn't want to get rid of it. It's up in the attic. So make sure you've got one; trust me.

#3: Get A Basement

If you have the option, get a basement. Basements are typically 8 feet high and, if you could add another foot to it, that's called a deep pour basement. You’re going to want that and will end up finishing your basement some time or another. When you do, you're going to appreciate that extra height in headroom.

Also, how about an English basement versus a walkout basement? Again, there's going to be an upcharge for that specific lot. But if you can get a walkout basement or an English basement, you might want to consider that.

#2: Light Fixtures

Most builders will only include what is required by code, which means you might not get an electrical connection in each bedroom ceiling. What happens if you want to put a ceiling fan? You might want to consider upgrading now to get electricity in the ceiling in each bedroom.

#1: The Garage

The number one thing you should consider in your new construction build is the garage. Should you get a two-car garage or a three-car? I have to tell you, I have four kids. Let's fast forward to when they're all driving and there’s no room in the driveway. We've got a two-car garage and we only can park one car in it. If we have four or five cars in the driveway, can you imagine mornings trying to move them around? What happens when the boyfriend or girlfriends come over?

I’m telling you: get a three-car garage if you can. You might want to also opt for a wider drive. You're going to need it, and you're going to appreciate that tip.

Document With Pictures And Video

Now that you know my 10 tips for new construction, here’s some bonus advice: take pictures and videos of the progress of your home. Make sure you visit the home site daily or every couple of days. Bring your video camera and your regular DSLR camera—or whatever you’ve got—and make sure you take plenty of pictures and video. This is going to come in handy down the road.

We took a ride almost every day to see the progress of the subdivision and the interior mechanicals. We looked at where the ductwork was and where the electrical ran. Let's say you move in and you decide you want to hang a shelf in the pantry. You start screwing it in and all of a sudden, you hear that screw going into the ductwork. Trust me, you want to review that video before you do any work yourself.

Building Your New Construction Home

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