What I Wish I Had Known Before Buying a Brand-New Condo
When my husband and I were house-hunting, I had one demand: new construction. I'd spent most of my adulthood in "charming" apartments with "character," which is real estate code for tiny apartments with decades-old appliances.
For our first home, I wanted something brand-new, and we lucked out: we found a condo that was so new it wasn't even built yet. The construction zone of a building had a model unit primed for viewings, and we went to look at it twice in two days before putting in an offer just 48 hours later.
The whole time, I'd been wearing rose-tinted glasses, confident that we'd avoided all the hiccups that come from buying an older home. No hidden lead paint for us! No replacing the furnace in the next 10 years! No creaks in our wood floors!
Sure, there were some serious benefits to a never-before-lived-in abode, but as a novice homeowner, I wasn't prepared for some of the surprises that revealed themselves along the way. Here, some of the biggest lessons learned after buying a newly-minted condo.