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What Happens After You Move into a New Home?

April 12th, 2024

By Sofia Alonso

4 min read


Building a new home is an exciting journey that begins a new chapter in your life. But what happens after you move in? This isn't just about unpacking boxes or arranging furniture; it's about understanding the ongoing relationship between you and your home, as well as the builder's responsibilities and the resources available to you. 

As architects and builders with over two decades of experience designing and building homes for clients in Northern Virginia, AV Architects + Builders’ CEO, Francisca Alonso, understands the process better than anyone. Let’s discuss the services and support you can expect after you've settled into your new residence.


0. Final Walkthrough and Punch List Items

Once your new home is ready, the first step before officially moving in is the final walkthrough. This important meeting between you and your builder is your opportunity to ensure everything is perfectly aligned with your expectations. Any discrepancies or last-minute fixes are noted as punch list items, which can range from minor cosmetic tweaks to essential repairs. This process not only ensures that your home meets the agreed standards but also sets the tone for a responsible and responsive partnership with your builder even after project completion. It's a foundational step that facilitates a smooth transition into your new living space, securing peace of mind right from the start.


1. Signing Off on Warranty Items

Following the walkthrough, the next step involves signing off on warranty items. Most builders provide a standard one-year warranty that covers various defects and malfunctions that might arise after you've moved in. Francisca emphasizes the depth of the relationship between the homeowner and the builder, likening it to a familial bond. "Our houses are like our children; they grow up and become independent, but they will always be ours. If you encounter a problem, we want to be the first call you make," she explains. This lifetime commitment ensures that even if an issue falls outside the warranty, the builder is still there to support and guide you, fostering a lasting relationship that extends far beyond the warranty period.


2. Owner's Binder: Your Home's Handbook

At move-in, you'll receive an invaluable tool known as the owner's binder. This binder acts as a comprehensive manual for your new home, detailing everything from the model numbers of your appliances to the specifications of plumbing and electrical systems. It includes swatches of paint used on the walls and information about smart home configurations. The inclusion of a list of reliable trade partners ensures you have quick access to professional help when needed, but AV Architects + Builders always puts their number at the top so we can be the first number you call for help. This binder is designed to simplify the maintenance and care of your home, making it easy to manage upgrades and repairs without hassle.

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3. Longtime Builder Relationships for Everyday Needs

Your relationship with your builder can extend even further, touching various aspects of your new life in the community. AV Architects + Builders offers our clients access to a wide network of professional services beyond the construction industry. Whether you need a referral for a healthcare provider, a reliable car dealership, or even local entertainment options, your builder can provide valuable recommendations. This extended service transforms your interaction from a mere business transaction into a meaningful partnership, enhancing your lifestyle and integrating you more deeply into your new environment.


4. Interior Design and Personalization

If not already handled during the initial construction phase, interior design services are often provided post-move-in to help personalize your space. "We help clients select new furniture, integrate existing pieces, and even assist with decluttering efforts," says Francisca. This service is crucial for transforming your house into a home that reflects your personal style and meets your functional needs. Whether it's installing custom niches for art pieces or choosing the right rugs and furniture, ensure that every corner of your home resonates with your personal taste and lifestyle.


5. Feeling at Home: The Transformation

Francisca says that within a couple of months, most clients feel completely settled in, as if they have been living in their new home forever. This quick adaptation is often a result of the intentional design and personalized touches that make the spaces uniquely suited to the homeowners' preferences. By creating environments that not only look appealing but also function seamlessly with the owners' lifestyle, the builder helps forge a deep, emotional connection between the homeowner and their new space. This connection is a testament to the careful planning and attention to detail that AV Architects + Builders invests in each project to ensure client satisfaction and customized design from day one.

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Navigating Post-Move-In Success with AV Architects + Builders

Moving into a new home is an exhilarating experience that marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life. At AV Architects + Builders, we ensure that this transition is not only joyous but also seamless. From the final walkthrough to addressing any punch list items, we set the foundation for a lasting relationship with you, ensuring that every detail of your new home meets your highest expectations. Our process doesn't end when you move in; it evolves into a supportive relationship that continues to enhance your living experience.

Once you've settled into your new home, our commitment to your satisfaction endures. The warranty sign-off is just the beginning of a long-term partnership where we remain at your disposal for any issues that might arise. Our approach is to treat your home like it's part of our family, ensuring that any problem, no matter how small or large, is addressed promptly and efficiently. This commitment is underlined by the Owner's Binder we provide—a comprehensive guide to your home's features and maintenance, designed to simplify your life and empower you with all the information you need.

As you continue to personalize and adapt to your new home, consider AV Architects + Builders not just as your builders but as your ongoing consultants. Whether it's further interior design personalization, routine maintenance, or tapping into our extensive network of community and professional services, we're here to assist. Our expertise extends beyond construction, offering you a gateway to a well-rounded lifestyle in your new home and community.

AV Architects + Builders is more than just a construction firm; we are your partners in building a life in your new home. With over two decades of experience in Northern Virginia, we don't just build houses—we help create homes that are deeply connected to their owners and their surroundings. We understand that your home is your sanctuary, and our job is to ensure it feels like one from the moment you move in and for years to come. So, as you begin this exciting journey of making your new house a home, remember that AV Architects + Builders is with you every step of the way, ensuring every detail is perfect, every need is met, and every possibility for making your home a reflection of you is explored.


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