How & what to negotiate in new construction?
My wife and I recently learned of a new development to be built in an area that we like. The builder is still in the approvals process and has only just begun to cut in roads. We met with him, like his plans for the neighborhood, and like what he's said about the style & quality of house he intends to build. We're definitely intrigued.
How do we proceed from here?
If we negotiate down in price, does that just mean he'll cut corners? I don't want to end up with cardboard cabinets and plastic windows. What should we get "in writing"? Beyond basic construction specs, do contracts specify brands/models/etc of every component in the house to be built?