This thread is complementary to the "Things you forget" thread ............
The above thread is a great resource for things you need to consider when planning your house, where the light points go, the best way to insulate your ceilings, those sort of things.
Please use THIS thread in a similar manner, as a resource of things you need to do BEFORE you sign the contract with your builder.
In short, assume someone woke up this morning and decided to build a new home, what should they do in the days / weeks / months before they actually sign on the dotted line with a builder ?
Just a thought guys ............
To keep some sort of "order" to the list. which hopefully will grow like the "Things you forgot" list, maybe for the first week or so if people sent me a PM (use the little [PM] button at the bottom of this post) INSTEAD of replying in this thread, that will allow me to see where the major topics are and I'll set up the headers to suit.
Once I have a few responses I'll delete this paragraph and maintain the list like I do the other one !!
Of course, if you want to jump right in, that's fine too !!!
The New Car Analogy
If your Sales Consultant is giving you a hard time giving you a "Final Price", try the New Car Analogy
You've seen your the sales consultant drive up in his (say) nice new Subaru and you say to him.......
You...."That's a nice new Subaru you have there"
You...."I just know that when you purchased it, your dealings with the car dealer did not go like this..........
Him...."How much is that WRX ?"
Car Dude...."The base car is $45,000"
Him...."How much for optional carpets, leather interior, paint protection, climate control, roof racks, registration, insurance and dealer delivery fees ?"
Car Dude...."Don't worry about that"
Him...."Well, how much will I get for my trade-in ?"
Car Dude...."Don't worry about that either, just sign for the $45,000 base price and we'll tell you all the other costs later"
Tell him that you're proposing to spending multiple times what he paid for his car on this new house and if he got a price for his car before he signed for it, you don't consider it unreasonable that you get the price for your new home before you sign on the dotted line !!!!