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Buying New Construction – Things to Look For

By Gabrielle Enfield, November 8, 2019

Recently, I helped first time homebuyers purchase a terrific new construction townhome in Concordia (btw, love Concordia). CONGRATS, Cory and Taylor!! Thought I’d share my impressions of what to look for from the builder/seller side of the fence, as this one was a great experience and one that I thought set the bar high.

  • Access to Q&A with the builder: In this case, the builder met the buyers onsite once their offer was accepted to do an initial walk through to answer questions about the design, finishes and in general. Ceanne, from Caliber Homes, also did a thorough “pre-blue tape” walk through to see what kinds of dings and damage happened in the finishing touches of construction, creating a thorough log of repairs to complete, in addition to those that turned up in the inspection (which were few).
  • Incentives: Don’t be shy about asking for any missing appliances or “extras”. Builders get great deals on appliances and if it means closing the deal, they’ll often install. In this recent case, I was able to negotiate the installation of an AC, washer dryer and a new fridge AND closing cost credit. Boom.
  • Warranty: Most new construction comes with a builder’s warranty. Be sure to get a good understanding of what is covered, in addition to any home warranty coverage you should always ask for that is layered on top as part of the sale.
  • After move in walk through: This was also a pleasant surprise – Caliber offered a walk through after the buyers moved in, so they could repair any paint, scuffs or other cosmetic dings that often occur at move in
  • One year walk through: Caliber also will be performing a one year walk through to make sure all systems are operational. Pretty thorough service, if you ask me.

New construction definitely has its appeal – you are getting all new systems and appliances. And depending on the builder, great quality. What can be lacking is the soul and architecture of old Portland.

At any rate, if you’re thinking of buying new construction, give me a shout – we can walk through in more detail.

Till then, high fives!


Gabrielle Enfield


Real estate can be a wild ride. It's important you find your wingwoman.

I understand the important decision of choosing an agent. It's a relationship for the long haul. My goal is to apply my myriad experiences, both personally and professionally, to help guide my client partners through a thoughtful, strategic, seamless and fun journey. Need an understanding of where to start, when it comes to getting ready to sell? I'll put my background in project management to work and let you know what needs to happen, complete with spreadsheets, if you're into it. Looking to purchase a vacation property and need it to generate rental income? I'll sharpen my pencil and make sure the numbers make sense. First-timer who needs a steady hand to help guide you through the real estate process? This Mama Bear's got you covered, and will be sure to point out what you need to look for. Moving to PDX and need a proxy to get to know Rose City? I'm a Pac NW native, and even with all its growth and change, this place still gives me butterflies. I grew up in Woodland, Washington, and am a proud resident of North Portland, where I'm raising my family. #boymom Before real estate, my career spans two decades of expertise I'm fortunate enough to apply every day. These experiences range from being a TV news anchor (visual storyteller) to helping develop some of the world's beloved brands (strategy and engagement). I was practically born with a tool belt on: my Dad is a retired custom home designer and builder, my uncle is an architect and my Grandpa was a Realtor and developer. I am an active listener, have a keen eye for "good bones",  and solving my clients' real estate needs in a creative and often unexpected way brings me joy. Plus, the lasting relationships formed are cherries on the sundae! Please give me a call - I'd love to see what it would be like to partner with you. For a look inside my everyday life, be sure to follow along on Instagram. High fives!
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