What to Know Before Buying New Construction Homes in Sarasota Florida

Have you fallen in love with one of those perfect model homes in a new construction neighborhood? I love them all as well! In this video of Living in Sarasota, I’m sharing tips on how to be a smart buyer for new houses. Buying a resale house versus new construction are very different processes.


Yes, I hear it all the time from customers and other home buyers. They walk into model homes and fall in love, but then find out the price is not what they expected.


When you buy new construction, the home builder will give you what is called a “Basic Package”. From there, you are able to do whatever kind of “Upgrades” that builder offers you.

CONSTRUCTION OPTIONS – Does your builder offer a bonus room option or the option to change a living room to a den, or that extended master bathroom?

COSMETIC OPTIONS – These are the fun ones! Going to that design center to pick out your floors and cabinets can be the highlight of the building process, but you can also get a big dose of sticker shock.


Each new home builder is different. However, when you are working with “community builders” with semi-custom home plans you are only able to upgrade things that they allow you to upgrade. On the other hand, when you work with a custom home builder you are able to change up the layout, take down specific interior walls, use whatever material you choose, the list goes on. The biggest takeaway is to talk with your new construction builder and see what options they offer before signing a contract.

Say your builder estimates that it will take four months to build your house. That is their goal, but in reality, they can never be entirely sure when that house will be completed. Builders have to deal with weather issues, materials being supplied in a timely manner, contractors doing work correctly, permits, inspections, and so much more. It is a lot to manage and everything doesn’t always move along smoothly.

Every builder is different, but no matter which one you go with ensure that you have a “set” starting date for your home. Also, having a real estate agent also helps to cut the “fluff” many community builders have. That way you are able to get a more accurate build time frame. This is crucial because if you are currently renting a place and need to move out by a certain date you want to know your home will be ready to move in.


No matter what home you buy, whether it be pre-owned or new construction, its best to get a home inspection just to be on the safe side. You want to make sure there is no issue before you close on your brand new house.

I hope this information helps all of you out there thinking about buying a new construction home. Give us a call if you’re in the Sarasota Florida area, and we’d love to help you with your home search!

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