If you’re entertaining the idea of building a new home, you need to read this. It could save you a lot of headaches and buyer’s remorse.
According to recent surveys, there are four main reasons people hate their homes:
- They need redecorating
- Building designs do not sufficiently accommodate needs
- The structure is too small
- The location
How different things could be with a custom built home…
Although custom homes can come with a high price tag, they also come with money-saving features and benefits that can’t easily be found in existing homes. Plus, home buyers are making the investment and should want to get it right.
A Custom Home Reflects YOUR Style
If you walk through the door and it doesn’t feel like you, a building will never seem like home. By contrast, the beauty of a custom-built home is that it is built to your standards, and that includes the layout, room size, color palettes and cabinetry, the very things that are most expensive to change in an existing home. Paying to have things the way you want them before construction or during renovation is clearly something to consider.
A number of design features have reached the point of “must haves” for many homeowners, but they often are not available in pre-built homes: open living areas, roomy walk-in closets, large, well-equipped kitchens, and luxurious master baths. Custom home builders can deliver on each of these desires.
New technology has made other features available, including top-of-the-line, built-in surround sound systems, security features, and pre-wired Internet services. If you’re set on having any of these features in your home without the headache of self-installation, you’ll want to talk to a custom home builder.
A Newly Built Custom Home Reduces Maintenance Costs
Anyone would rather spend money on furnishings and home accessories than a replacement refrigerator or a nighttime call to a plumber within three months of home ownership. When having completed construction of a new custom home, you can walk through the door with confidence, knowing that you are not assuming problems left behind by a previous homeowner. While it’s hard to determine an “average” home maintenance budget, it’s a fact that owners of older homes will have to set aside a significantly higher amount of money for repairs. A standard amount is anywhere from 1%-2% of your home cost, plus as much as a 10% increase over that amount based on climate, construction type, and age of a home.
The sad truth about home repairs is that they always come at the most inopportune times at a cost that can be nearly unmanageable. For example, the cost of installing a new central air unit can range anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. That’s a big chunk of change on top of a mortgage payment, and it’s a definite contributor to buyer’s remorse. Constructing a new home will take these concerns for many years to come.
You Will Save Money on Utilities
Energy.gov provides a whole host of resources to help you understand the ins and outs of energy savings, but a general principle is that a newly built home will save a significant amount of utility costs. Three features that will especially help save money include appliances, windows, and insulation. Today’s appliances use up to 20% less energy and water than previously been possible. Windows, which typically account for up to 25% of heating and cooling expenses, are now designed to be far more energy efficient. Consequently, it’s worth a few minutes of time to learn more about energy-efficient windows.
Insulation is much more than a comfort factor. With the proper wall, floor, and attic insulation, utility bills can be greatly reduced. Energy.gov’s R-Value Recommendations Calculator can be used to learn much more.
Location is Everything
The most beautiful home in a poor location loses both appeal and value. If looking for the right school system, a location that reduces the commute to work, or the experience of being squeezed in between two tract homes, having a conversation with a custom home builder is essential.
Too many homeowners settle into a neighborhood, only to soon find that they are surrounded by dollar stores, fast food restaurants, and busy freeway on-ramps. You can prevent these headaches by working with a custom home builder to identify ideal locations before beginning the construction process.
Partnering with a Custom Home Builder
Studies suggest that twice as many people prefer new construction to an existing home. The key to a positive, remorse-free experience is partnering with an experienced and reputable custom builder, such as Belman Homes. The experts at Belman Homes have remained among the top tier of custom home builders for a reason. They have perfected the craft of custom home building that eliminates buyer’s remorse. Give Belman’s custom home specialists a call, and learn a few more tips about how to end up with the home of your dreams: (262) 544-4648.