Don’t “write”(on a new home), until you “site.”

An old saying in the new home industry business was, “You site, you write.”

Sometimes a buyer was very interested in a specific home, was comfortable with what the monthly mortgage payment would be, and had the amount of money necessary for the down payment on the home.

For some reason they were still unsure if they wanted the home.

Going out on the site, also known as the “lot” or” homesite,” was when a lot of potential buyers became actual buyers.

Here, they were able to envision such things as how large their back yard would be for entertaining or for pets, how big their deck or patio could be, and how many cars would fit in their driveway.

They also could get an idea of whether the current grading of their yard would change during final grading. Just because a home site may currently have trees on it, doesn’t mean that any or all of these trees will remain there. They may need to be removed before construction of the home. Even though it may not look like the trees will be in the way to build the home, the builder will know if they need to be removed. If there aren’t any trees on the site, there may be a final landscape plan which shows where trees will be planted, once the community is complete.

A lot may appear very flat, without any hills or steepness in the land.  Or it may have some sloping, where there is an incline or decline on the land.This can also change drastically during the final grading of the lot.

There may be a road, or a future community, or storm water management facility that may be built in front or in back of your home in the future.

When you decide to purchase (write or sign a purchase agreement / contract) on a brand new home, it is very important that you know all of these things.

The sales representative or building supervisor can show you the final site and grading plan, and landscaping plan. They can explain to you, if and how the site and community will change.



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