Unless you are a construction expert, when you buy an existing home, the best investment prior to closing is a good home inspection. Any realtor worth their salt will recommend a home inspection, unless they are suspicious about the home’s quality. For an average-sized home, a typical home inspection costs between $350 to $500 depending on the detail of the inspection and report. Since most home inspections are submitted in email form nowadays, home inspectors seem to be adding a lot more pictures and fluff to justify charging higher prices.
Most of the large national builders have an organization that segments the home buying process for new clients. The home buying experience typically begins with a salesperson who has been trained to emphasize features and benefits of a new home while starting the new homebuyer’s qualification process. At some point, the client will be passed to a person on the team who will manage all the financial steps in the process as well as a home designer who will finalize all product selections and details of the home. Once the salesperson, finance person and home designer complete their tasks in the home buying process, the client is then passed to a project manager who will take all the agreed upon decisions and construction plans to begin the building process.