Johnston County Home Buying:
New Construction Homes
Thinking of buying a new construction home in Clayton or Johnston County, NC? There are so many reasons to choose to buy new… and really, the process isn’t much different from buying any other home. Here’s everything you need to know about buying new construction in JoCo—from the benefits to featured neighborhoods to the step-by-step process!
New Construction Homes in Clayton
Why Choose New Construction?
From open floorplans to expansive windows to breathtaking master suites and gourmet kitchens, new homes feature all the latest and greatest in modern design.
No need to worry about when you’ll have to replace the furnace or the fridge… they’re all brand new! (And bonus, they’re likely covered under manufacturer’s warranties).
Energy Efficient Features
Even if your home isn’t fully decked out in Energy Star certifications (which many new homes are), it still likely meets a higher efficiency standard than an holder home.
No need to worry about tremendous out-of-pocket costs if something goes wrong… most builders offer included structural warranties, and many others.
Not every home will be customizable, but many new homes do offer the option for adding your own details and finishes, from choosing paint colors to adding bonus rooms.
Spotlight New Construction Communities
Though not strictly new construction, Flowers Plantation does have a lot of new construction neighborhoods to offer, like The 9 and Sweetgrass.
Like Flowers Plantation, Portofino offers lots of new construction options—in a unique and beautiful community geared towards equestrian living.
The Walk at East Village
This amazing Active Adult community has just about every amenity imaginable—and some truly spectacular new homes!
New Construction Buying Guide
Ready to find that perfect new home in Clayton? Here are the steps you'll need to take!
Find an Agent First
It’s the most important step—finding an agent experienced with buying and selling new construction in the area. Beware of agents at construction sites; they’re likely working for the builder, not you.
Not all builders are created equal, so do some research to find out more about builders in the area. If you can, get some recommendations, read reviews, or even talk to past clients about their experiences.
Explore the Area
Take a look around to see where the new construction is happening. Check out the neighborhoods in your preferred locations to see what kinds of amenities they offer, their pricing, and their styles of homes.
Determine What's Included
When you tour a model home, be sure to ask the builder or agent what’s included… and what’ll cost you extra. Many model homes are equipped with features that add to the price tag.
Find Out What's Covered
Don’t ever assume warranties are in place. Check with the builder to determine exactly what’s covered—structure, roof, appliances—and who’s covering them (i.e. builder vs. manufacturer).
Most builders won’t drop the price on their homes, so you’ve got to learn to negotiate in other ways, like asking for additional options at no cost, or getting the builder to pay closing costs.
Inspect, Inspect, Inspect!
Just because it’s new, doesn’t mean it’s perfect! Always have the home inspected before you pay anything or sign any additional paperwork, that way you know you’re getting a move-in ready home.
Ready to Find Your New Construction Home?
If you're thinking of buyng a new construction home in Clayton or Johnston County, then it's time to contact us at the Tina Barletta Team. We're here to help you learn everything you'll need to know... and find the perfect home in just the right location!