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>>I'm considering buying a "new" home that is currently serving as the builders model home and I'm curious as to whether anyone has any experience, good or bad, with buying a model home.

>>I still recommend you have a certified house inspector examine the house before you close the deal.

As Davidd points out, this is absolutely essential. This house has not been "lived in" in the sense that some systems may not have had to work properly. An example would be what are they doing to the garage (to make it back into a garage?). All that contruction should be inspected. All of the plumbing may not be in use, washer dryer connections, and other major appliances and connection may never have been used.

I know someone who purchased a model "as is". The driveway as it turns out was not wide enough to allow cars to be driven up into the side load garage. No one knew becasue the garage was an office before, not a garage. And since the diveway is so near the property line, not an east fix.

I would expect contractually to get full warranty (whatever that means in your area) on the house contruction.

Buyer beware, like any ther purchase.
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