New Construction

When driving through newer additions hunting new construction, having an experienced Realtor with you is vital. will help you navigate the sea of new homes today to pick one that's a match for your family.

Gain an advantage when negotiating new construction in Raleigh with Bobby Hill as your real estate agent - 919-614-0752

In real estate, negotiation is always an option. However, with new construction, it depends on the builder and how long the home has been vacant. Developers in new additions don't like taking lower than their asking price because buyers already in the area expect new construction to be comparably priced to what they already purchased. (You'll appreciate that same courtesy if there are undeveloped lots near the home you eventually purchase!) But, depending on how far along the project is and the local market, a developer will often allow a few concessions.

Consider a home has been on the market a long time and the builder has a lot sunk into it, then you have some room. The same goes for show or model homes that have been sitting for a while. However, if a home was just completed, it's unlikely you'll get a deal.

You can always ask for assistance in other ways when purchasing new construction. For example, closing costs are one way for you to save without lowering the price of the house. The same goes for amenities - ask for things appliance upgrades, a garage door opener, a sprinkler system or landscaping, or an extended home warranty. That can go the other way around, too. If upgrades are already in the plan, see if you can get the builder to take them out - you might be able to install them later yourself at a savings anyway.

While you should always negotiate a home warranty so problems can be fixed, it's also imperative you get a home inspection before closing. Inevitable problems can be repaired (by the builder) before you move in and larger issues identified before it's too late. Since an inspection is relatively inexpensive, some new home buyers get an inspection after being in the home for 10 or 11 months - that way, the builder can make the repairs before a 1 year warranty expires.

Building with Wood or Steel

Comparison of Steel Versus Wood

Steel framing is a practical, code approved solution to many of the limitations that builders face

today when using traditional building materials. There are a number of frequently asked questions

about building with steel. A number of consumers, businesses, and organizations are attracted to

the seemingly low costs involved with steel building construction but still aren't quite sure whether

it is a viable option when compared to more conventional construction.

Why should I consider building with steel?

Steel framing can lower construction costs.

Warranty call-backs are minimized because steel does not shrink, split, or warp. As a result,

there are no nail pops or drywall cracks to fix after the structure is completed.

Consistent quality means that scrap is drastically reduced (2% for steel versus 20% for wood).

These savings also translate into lower costs for jobsite culling of wood materials and haul off and

disposal of discarded material.

Discounts on builders risk insurance for steel framed structures can result in significant cost

savings for builders.

Steel framing is easier to handle because steel studs weigh 1/3less than wood studs, and can be

installed at 24 on center.

Steel framing offers marketing advantages because consumers recognize steel as a superior

framing product for its fundamental characteristics:

Long term maintenance costs are reduced because steel is resistant to rot, mold, termite and

insect infestation.

Good indoor air quality (IAQ) is promoted because steel does not emit volatile organic

compounds (VOCs).

Steel is Green because it contains a minimum of 25% recycled steel and is 100% recyclable.

Steel framing has proven performance in high wind and seismic zones.

The non-combustibility of steel allows a significant density increase in commercial and multifamily

structures, offering building owners with the potential for higher revenue.

How much will steel framing cost compared to wood framing?

The method of construction, stick framing or panelization, and type of project will have a direct

bearing on the cost of the steel frame system.

Stick framing is the method most commonly used to build wood framed homes today, and

involves assembling the floors and walls using individual studs and joists on the construction site.

This method often requires extensive cutting of individual framing members, and requires a fairly

high level of skill of framers who must know how to assemble the elements within the house.

Framing and trusses represent approximately 20% of the total cost of the house construction. If

the conventional stick framing method of construction is used, steel framing can add 3% to the

total cost of a house. When only the framing system is considered, studies have shown that a

stick-framed steel system can cost 15% more than wood framing.

However there are a number of savings that builders realize when they use steel framing including;

Warranty callbacks associated with the seasonal movement of framing members are virtually

eliminated ($400) Save on waste haul off ($210) Insurance savings ($60) Site culling of wood framing ($100)

What are the differences in construction details between panelized steel wall panels and wood?

In most residential applications, plywood or OSB is used for floor, wall and roof sheathing, just

as in a wood framed house. Sheathing is attached to steel framing using pins shot from a

pneumatic gun at a cost and rate of speed similar to the tools used for wood construction. With

panelized construction many of these steps are eliminated, reducing the framing responsibility to

positioning and fastening the pre-assembled components.

In most residential applications, additional plywood or OSB is added as sheathing. With steel

panels sheathing is not required on the exterior walls. Any exterior cladding can be used which

reduces material costs for items that are not needed.

Steel panels also reduce the time it takes to build. Steel is lighter and you can move the

material around easier. With most stick framing, a builder has to cut the lumber to size, frame,

drill holes for wiring, insulate, and sheath. In today s technology, steel panels are custom made

based on a set of architectural drawings. Panels will arrive at the job site cut to the correct

heights, framed, molded wire chases, and insulated. So many steps are eliminated lowering the

cost of labor and time needed to construct. Its also Easy to make on site adjustments easily and


Using EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) as in insulator reduces air leaks and is recyclable.

Using a steel insulated panel with EPS has its own built in vapor barrier which allows the panel

to breathe but also eliminates the cause of molding.

No wood for the invitation of termites and other wood-boring insects.

Little to no waste on the job site.

Finding you a new home that meets your family's needs and matches your budget will be my #1 priority. Give me a call at 919-614-0752 to launch the search for your new home today.

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