7 Questions To Ask As A First-Time Home Buyer


Choosing a new construction home is a great decision, but you might not know what to ask when you’re on a home tour. Will your home look exactly like the gorgeous model? Does your community offer events?

Here’s what you should be inquiring about:

  1. Do you have any energy-saving features? If you’re a first-time homebuyer, chances are you have a propensity to be eco-friendly, which means energy efficient appliances are a must. Here’s how we help:

    • We install argon-filled, low-E-coated windows to automatically reduce heating and cooling costs as soon as you move in. It limits environmental corrosion and toxic gas.

    • We install Wi-Fi-enabled programmable thermostats, which eliminates harsh mercury and allows you to control heating and cooling when you’re not home.

    • We seal air ducts and insulate doors to reduce the amount of air pollution generated and to control allergens and keep you comfortable year-round.

    • We install ENERGY STAR® appliances and low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets to use up to 50 percent less electricity and water without sacrificing performance. BuiltSmart takes it a step further by focusing on water conservation and climate control efficiency.

    • We use sustainably sourced lumber in framing, cabinetry, and other components.

    • We use eco-friendly paint to reduce solvents, reduce fumes, and minimize volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

    • We use recycled fiber carpets to reduce the need for production energy and raw materials.

    • We use native plants to minimize the need for fertilizer and water resources, reduce environmental harm, benefit wildlife, and encourage the use of local, renewable, and recyclable materials.


  2. What are the standard finishes? When touring a model home, you’re looking at the home builder’s highest-end version. It comes with all the bells and whistles -- or rather those curtains, paint, and fancy furnishings. Ask the new home sales consultant about which options are standard, which are upgrades, and how much each upgrade costs.

  3. Can I make additions? People change their mind, especially if it’s your first time buying a home. It’s helpful to know if you can request additions during the home building process. If a builder is cooperative and flexible when it comes to building your dream home, you’re set for life.

  4. How often will I be allowed to visit the home site? Building a new construction home takes a while, and it’s likely that you’ll want to visit to make sure everything’s going smoothly.

    Ryan Homes Customer Involvement Program schedules meetings to ensure that you know just what’s going on during multiple construction phases, and we’ll take you out to the home site so you can see it firsthand.

  5. What are the long-term plans for this community? If you’re one of the first people to buy in a particular neighborhood, you could be hearing construction for a few months as your neighbors’ new homes are being built.

    If you’re looking at a more established community like Brunswick Crossing, you can be on the lookout for better amenities in the future. Last year, we debuted our brand-new community pool and fitness center, complete with his and her locker rooms and yoga and craft rooms.

    This year, our neighbors can expect the addition of Weis Markets at Brunswick Crossing and a dog park for small and large four-legged friends.

  6. What are the homeowners association’s rules? Each HOA has its own Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions and bylaws regarding snow policies, trash and recycling removal, parking, noise regulations, common area rules, exterior decorating, and so on.

    To get the real scoop on how you could be living, check out 75 Great Questions To Ask Every HOA Community.

  7. What warranties do you provide? As a first-time buyer, most home builders offer a 1-year workmanship warranty and a 10-year structural warranty.

    At Brunswick Crossing, standing behind every new construction home, Ryan Homes provides 1-, 2-, and 10-year warranty coverage ensuring homeowners the peace of mind that they expect from day one. To find out more about what makes Ryan Homes the best home builder on the East Coast, click here.

    That said, it’s important to ask for the details about what is and isn’t covered under any homeownership warranty. You should also inquire about manufacturer’s warranties for kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom appliances.