There’s something about moving into a new home that’s invigorating. Not only are you opening the door to a new place to live…in a newly constructed home you’re working with a blank slate and grasping the opportunity to create something that is uniquely yours.
You certainly have the opportunity to create something that is uniquely yours with a re-sale home, but you first have to deal with the previously selected and lived-in elements of someone else. The degree of work required to make a re-sale home reflect your unique preferences obviously depends on the home. For some families, the work of removing fixtures and remodeling is not something they feel they have the time or inclination to do right before moving in.
Choosing to move creates enough work – from getting your current home ready to sell to selecting your next residence. When all is considered, including your budget, you might be surprised how much work and resources you can save by choosing to purchase a newly constructed home.
First Steps – Research
One of the first things you want to do once you have made the decision to move into a newly constructed home is to research the home builders in your area. Specifically you’ll want to learn about their site locations and you’ll want to identify those neighborhoods that appeal to you. Look in your local newspaper or check with your local home builders association to access a list of relevant builders for your region.
Once you have identified the builders, you’ll then want to create your list of sites to visit and schedule your visits over a few days or weekends, as time permits. When you visit a builder’s sales office you’ll want to learn what you can about about various items that can help you to determine if this will be the home and neighborhood for your family. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Ask about the long range plan for the neighborhood’s development – Some builders will have plans that you can review to see where streets, parks, and other community facilities are expected to be located (if not already developed).
Review the various home designs being offered in that development – examine the spec homes if built but definitely look at the floor plans and features of each model being offered – this is the fun work!
Ask about available custom features that you can incorporate into your future home.
Discuss with each builder the products and energy saving features that are standard for many newly constructed homes today to make them environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Your Unique Preferences
Of course one of the most exciting aspects of purchasing a newly constructed home is that you have the opportunity to work with the “craftsman” responsible for building the home you’re about to purchase. Depending on what appeals to you during your site visit, you might end up falling in love with an existing model home and may only want the builder to work with you to alter a few features. Or you may choose to work with a builder on constructing one of the development’s premium design homes. In that situation you have the opportunity make your distinctive mark in various areas of the home as it is being constructed from the ground up.
If you’re in the Nappanee, Indiana, area we invite you to contact Craftsman Village to learn about our unique community and the beautiful craftsman era inspired homes that reflect our focus on distinctive American design and quality.