When you are buying a home for the first time, the process can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be—especially since so many professionals who do this all the time are there to help. In our first New Home Buying Guide article, we covered 6 Things to Consider When Shopping New Home Communities. Today we’re going to talk about all of the experts who can be there for you throughout the process, so you can concentrate all your energy on finding the perfect new home!

1. Mortgage Broker. You may have an idea of how much you would like to put down, and you may even have used a mortgage calculator to discover your budget. While you always have the option to shop mortgages on your own, many people choose to work with a mortgage broker to simplify the process. A mortgage broker will look at your finances, find a mortgage that is best for you, lock in rates at the best time, and help you through the process of filing and completing paperwork at the appropriate times. And the best news: you do not have to pay for the services of a mortgage broker, as they earn a commission from the bank you end up using. Find a trustworthy mortgage broker to simplify the financing process!

2. Real Estate Agent. Even when you are purchasing a new construction home, a real estate agent can help you through the home search process. We love working with real estate agents at Highland Woods. They are familiar with how to approach a builder, questions to ask, and what to consider as you choose your lot, builder, and floorplan. A real estate agent is often familiar with listings before anyone else, and throughout your process they will begin to understand your tastes to find the best home match for you. When you are a buyer, you don’t have to pay a real estate agent, so it just makes sense to enlist their services. They are paid through a commission from the seller or builder. It’s in their best interests to understand you and find you your perfect home.

3. Builder Representative. When you are buying a new home, the builder representative is similar to the seller’s agent. They will also work with you to figure out your new home dreams, and they will find the best fit for you. You will work with the builder representative to sign a contract, and then they will help you choose your lot, floorplan, and the fun part—options, selections, and finishes. They will be your contact for the timeline of the building process.

4. Real Estate Lawyer. The lawyer is very helpful for the closing process. They will file all the necessary paperwork for a smooth and seamless closing. The lawyer will be present to help you understand all of the paperwork you are signing as you sign it. They will usually charge you a flat-rate fee for the work involved.

5. Moving Company. Some people choose to call up their friends and family to make a move and pay them in pizza, refreshments, and return favors. Others choose to hire a moving company. While the cost difference between the two options is enormous—one free, the other hundreds to thousands of dollars (depending on how much, how far, and the level of work you are hiring them to do)—many people will go the pro route. Professionals will handle all the heavy lifting with care, take responsibility for the packing and safe moving of the items, and will get the job done in record time. Some people even choose to have the moving company pack and unpack boxes for them—a huge time saver that may be worth the cost.

6. Interior Designer. Once you are in your beautiful new home, you want it to feel like home. An interior designer can do any number of things—take your existing furniture and decor and lay it out or set it up in the best way possible, pick out accessories and artwork, or they can even do a top to bottom selection of furniture and decor. If you plan to hire an interior designer for your new construction home, you may want to bring them in early in the process so they can help you make floorplan, finish, and selection decisions before construction begins.

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