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Before You Move In:

The New Home Walk-Through
By HBA Staff

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efore you go to settlement on your purchase of a newly-constructed home, you and your builder will do a walk-through
to conduct a final inspection. This walk-through provides
an opportunity to spot items which may need to be corrected
or adjusted, learn about the way your new home works, and ask
questions about anything you don't understand.

Often, a builder will use the walk-through
to educate buyers about:
* The operation of the house's components.
* The buyer's responsibilities for maintenance
and upkeep.
* Warranty coverage and procedures.
* The larger community in which the
home is located.

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Operation of Home Components

When you buy a new appliance or piece of equipment, such
as a printer or a washing machine, you usually have to read
the instructions before you understand how to use all the
features. With a new house, you will receive a stack of instruction booklets all at once. It helps if someone takes the
time to show you how to operate all of the kitchen appliances, heating and cooling systems, water heater and other
features. Such an orientation is particularly useful because
people often are so busy during a move that they have trouble finding time to carefully read instruction booklets.

Maintenance Responsibilities

Part of your walk-through will be learning about maintenance and upkeep responsibilities. Most new homes come
with a one-year warranty on workmanship and materials.
However, such warranties do not cover problems that
develop because of failure to perform required maintenance. Many builders provide a booklet explaining common
upkeep responsibilities of new home owners and how to
perform them.



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