Make Sure You Know What is Included and What Isn’t Before You Sign
We all know when the price looks too good to be true it probably is. Yet sometimes it is too tempting to ignore. Like the way the advertised price of airfares looks so good. Until you realise that price isn’t exactly what you expect. Do you want a seat with that? Oh, you want to bring some luggage? How about a meal? Suddenly the price doesn’t look so flash.
The same traps exist in the home building market. Can you get by without a dishwasher in the kitchen? Some builders seem to think you can, so a dishwasher is an option that gets added to the base price.
But it gets worse than appliances. For some builders, the very foundations, the piers that are required to connect the home you’ve just bought to the ground, are regarded as an extra. Seriously!
No one likes nasty surprises. So, before you sign any contract, you need to make certain that everything you expect will be included in the price is clearly stated, in writing.
For example, what appliances and fittings are included in a kitchen or bathroom? Ideally, your builder will make this crystal clear. With our homes, everything is included in our base price, including the piers. You can choose to upgrade things like taps and floorcoverings if you wish, but you will never be surprised that these essential items are not included in the base home.