Your home is the investment of a lifetime, and this is true for reasons that go well beyond the price you pay. Home is the place where memories are made, where children are raised, and where friendships are formed. That’s why it’s so important to consider all of your options and make a choice that can help you create your very own dream home.
More than 700,000 new homes were constructed in 2017, up from approximately 500,000 homes just one year earlier. This sharp upward trend can be explained by seven compelling reasons why building a new home is the way to go in 2018.
Do It Your Way
There’s nothing worse than moving into a home that has 14 black marks against it from day one, all because it still bears the marks of its previous owners. It’s true that there are a lot of beautiful custom homes on the market, but not one of them was made for you.
More and more homeowners are grabbing the opportunity to create a living space that is specially customized for their busy lives. While you can always pull up outdated carpeting, replace damaged flooring, or add landscaping to a barren yard, the truth is that you can never change the structure of the house. Building your dream home is the only way to do it your way.
Choose Open or Closed
The layout of your home has to suit your needs and your preferences. Are you looking for a wide-open space, or is the privacy of room design more important to you? How important is a master suite, and how much more important might it be a few years down the road? When you build, you get to decide.
Another thought is furniture. When you are ready to move your belongings into your new home, your arrangement could be dictated by your taste in furniture – a taste that is different for every homeowner. Planning ahead for your style will avoid this limitation.
Enjoy Money Saving Features
New homes today are built with energy savings in mind. When you choose to build your dream home, you can outfit it with the tech-based products that run efficiently and save you money. In addition to Energy Star appliances, windows, walls, and insulation are all more efficient today than they were in homes which had been built 5, 10, or 20 years ago.
Energy savings over the long haul of home ownership can be truly significant. For example, Energy Star single pane windows can save a homeowner nearly $500 each year, an amount that will add up to $10,000 after 20 years of home ownership – and that’s just for windows!
Take Advantage of Better Warranties
When you build a new home, you won’t be inheriting someone else’s leaking refrigerator or dated electric stove (or electric when you want gas). Your appliances, windows, heating and cooling system, and roof will all be new and covered by lengthy warranties. Even your home itself will be covered by an extensive home warranty.
You can check out consumersadvocate.org to learn specifics of particular new home warranty coverages.
Benefit from Low Maintenance
One of the biggest benefits for homeowners in today’s ridiculously busy world is the reduced maintenance that comes with a newly built home. Low maintenance has become a staple consideration for products that are now standard components of new home construction.
Use Smart Home Products
This gets a little futuristic but the inclusion of smart appliances and gadgets today has come to take a prominent role within contemporary living spaces. When you build a new home, you get the option and fun of deciding just how you can make the most of technology to help reduce chores and increase leisure time.
As more and more “things” are connected to the Internet (close to 50 billion by 2020) homeowners are getting help from smart products. Consider the smart refrigerator that takes pictures, so you can see whether you need to buy milk, or pickles, or jam while you are at the store.
Security systems and heating and cooling innovations are other examples of smart products that offer unparalleled convenience and efficiency.
Enjoy Luxurious Floor Plans
Today’s homes are designed around today’s lifestyles. No one wants to be crammed into a too small bathroom or closed in by four tight walls and a low ceiling. Designers, builders, and homeowners alike have discovered the beauty and luxury of open space, and there’s no turning back.
So, Will It Be Buy or Build?
For some people, the debate regarding buying or building will continue, but for many, the votes are already cast. For homeowners who want to create a dream home that will accommodate and even complement their lives, building a new home is quite often the only way to go.
Some perks just can’t be found in homes that are on the market, because no one was thinking about smart appliances, open floor planning, or structures that maximize energy savings a handful of years ago.
If you’re still wavering, then continue your research. If you already know that building is for you, you can take the next step by meeting with a design-builder or an architect and begin your journey from dream to reality!