I am frequently asked about new construction homes for sale in Lake Charles, LA. Buying a new construction Lake Charles home isn’t exactly a “slam dunk” transaction. Just because the home is new does not mean that Buyers don’t need to have a home inspection. Buyers should do their part to make sure that they are represented and protected sufficiently, and that their new home meets their expectations, specifications, and passes all state and safety requirements.
A little due diligence on the front end will buy a Buyer peace of mind. For that reason, I recommend to Buyers purchasing a Lake Charles New Construction Home that they have the home inspected. Another set of trained eyes viewing your home’s basic systems and structural integrity might be worth the expense if defects are discovered upfront. An experienced home inspector is trained to notice details that you might not have noticed yourself until later on.
Buyers of new construction homes SOLD in Lake Charles will obtain a New Home Warranty at closing. Under the Louisiana New Home Warranty Act specific new construction items are warranted by the builder for one year, 2 years or more.
When buying a Lake Charles New Construction Home the Buyer can present the Seller with what is known as a new construction punch list during the Buyer’s inspection period. The Buyer will also have a final walk through 5 days prior to closing to view the corrected items.
Some items to look for during your inspection to include in a new construction punch list would be:
- Check windows and doors to make sure there’s a tight seal and that weather stripping is present and secure. Look for cracks and inspect the trim.
- Inspect the home’s exterior and trim paint to see that the surfaces are smooth and uniformly covered.
- Inquire about landscaping
- Inspect all doors and windows to make sure that they are well sealed; that they open, close, and lock properly; and that the glass is not loose or cracked.
- Check all moldings and trim to make sure that they are secure and properly in place.
- Look at the painting in all rooms, closets, and stairways. Make sure that it is smooth, uniform and there are no bare spots.
- Check all appliances to make sure that they operate properly, are the proper model and color that you specified and that the surfaces are smooth and scratch/nick free.
- Look over all faucets and plumbing fixtures (toilets and showers too) to assure that they work properly and that there are no cracks, scratches, or nicks in the surfaces.
- Inspect your electrical fixtures and test the outlets. A small appliance, like a hair dryer, is a good way to do this.
- Test your A/C and water heater to make sure that they are operating properly.
- Test other electrical systems like the garage door opener and door bell.
- Inspect the attic to make sure that proper installation of insulation has been done. Also check the condition of support beams, heating ducts, etc.
- Obtain a copy of the “certificate of occupancy” proving that your home has been approved by the county and meets the state’s building code standards and laws. Your lender may require this as a condition of underwriting.
If you are searching for a Lake Charles New Construction Home for Sale, you can view ALL homes currently for sale by searching the Lake Charles Real Estate and Homes for Sale website.