The purchase of a new home is different from that of a resale due to the construction required. You should try monitor the building process to the extent possible. This includes regularly visiting the site and taking pictures. The best times are when framing, plumbing and electrical rough are taking place, and when the fixtures and finishes are installed. Concentrate on the placement of walls, windows and doors, and the installation of upgrades and options. You should also request copies of the public records pertaining to the home, which includes permits, records of the termite treatment, and filed plans and drawings. Finally consider hiring a home inspector to check for defects – preferably during stages when the work is sufficiently visible, such as electric and plumbing rough, when the walls are open. A home inspector can uncover defects and non-working components prior to you moving in.