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Why do you choose to visit a model home? Some come to view the new trends to find inspiration for their own home, and others come to explore their opportunities of finding their way into a new home. Question is, what questions should you ask to be the most informed when purchasing a new home? We put together a list of seven questions to help you get the conversation started.

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1. Is the homesite cost included?

When you are scouting out a homesite (lot) for your new home within any community, it is important to consider that the homesites in each community may come at a different price than the others. This is largely due to the type of homesite, the size of the homesite, and the it’s location. However you go about selecting a homesite within our communities, it is important to consider potential cost or premiums as you solidify the budget for your new home.


2. How long will it take to build a new home?

New construction cycle times can vary depending on the features and customization of the home. As you consider the closing on your current home or ending your lease, be sure to inquire about building cycle times as you plan your transition between residences.

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3. What kind of warranty is offered on a new home?

An indefinite benefit to building a new home is the satisfaction and assurance knowing your home will be covered under warranty should something happen. Here at Creative Homes, we provide our 1-2-10 Warranty which covers the craftsmanship, mechanical, and structural features of your home. You can read all about our warranty here.


4. What finishes are included in the base price?

As you walk through our models, it is important to know that a model home is designed and built in a way that showcases the options of what you could do in your home should you choose to build. If you have a modest budget, be sure to ask what is included in the base price. Our New Home Specialists will be able to give you a great idea of how much bang you will get for your new home buck.


5. Is landscaping included?

When you build a new home, the yard should match the novelty of your home. Be sure to ask what your landscaping options are when you move in. Although each neighborhood we build in offers a unique landscaping package, each new Creative home includes complete landscaping to compliment your home.

6. Does the base price include a finished lower level?

Finishing your lower level is something many choose to delay when they build a new home; however, there is something to be said about finishing your home in it’s entirety when you build it. Although our base pricing does not include finishing the basement at the time of build, we have plenty of move-in ready homes with finished lower level. You can view all of our move-in ready homes here.

7. Does the community have an association?

In addition to your monthly mortgage payment, some communities also have a homeowner's association fee, commonly known as an HOA. This fee covers the maintenance of the entrance monument, landscaping of common areas, and other unique features of the community. As you look to find a new home, be sure to inquire about HOA fees. Some communities offer association maintenance meaning your snow removal, and lawn care will be taken care of and others do not. 


As you visit our models, our New Home Specialists will listen to your visions for your new home and guide you to make the right decision for you as you find your way home. From floor plans to new communities, we want to be sure you are informed every step of the way. Contact us to see how you can get started today!

Updated: February 24, 2020