The Benefits of Buying A Home In A New Build Subdivision

So the other side of the buyer’s coin is new construction. If the idea of buying an older home with all of it’s possible issues doesn’t appeal to you, buying into a new subdivision or having a custom home built may. Doing either has plenty of benefits. Here are a few.

Input

The Benefits of Buying A Home In A New Build SubdivisionWith a custom home you get to have tons of input as to the floorplan. Even if you look at a new subdivision that has preset types of homes will still give you input as to what you are looking for.

For example, if you had problems finding an existing home that has an open floor plan and larger rooms, a pre-built new construction will have what you need.

Along with that, you can personalize either a custom build or a home in a subdivision to be built to your liking. Choosing things like flooring color and options, wall colors, countertops and cabinetry and appliances. It may add some cost if you upgrade from builders grade, but it is what you want.

Energy efficient

New homes are also more energy efficient and probably greener, smarter and healthier. New appliances and HVAC systems are more efficient with energy than older systems. They are healthier because of low or zero VOC paint and building materials. Smart homes, integrating technology into the home, are easily found in a new home.

Maintenance

Remember that maintenance cost in an existing home? Not going to find it in a new home. With everything being brand new, maintenance or replacement cost is next to nil. Plus there are also warranties on everything should something go wrong.

Amenities

And let’s not forget the amenities offered in planned communities. Many include pools, park spaces, community centers, health clubs and so on. All of those are there for you, the homeowner, and mean that you don’t have to pay to have your own pool installed or an extra space in the home for work out equipment.

There are so many benefits to a new build, so why consider anything else?

If you are considering buying a new build home, you might be surprised to know that you CAN use a Realtor who will be there to protect your interests! New builders are generally happy to work with agents and you can be assured that you will get the best deal possible AND great representation!

Thinking about buying a new build? Give Tena D. a call today to find out what is available… 303-452-5853

How To Save Money On Your Heating Bills

Winter is here and with it comes higher heating bills. There are ways to keep those bills from skyrocketing. Here are a few ideas to save money on your heating bills that don’t involve expensive fixes like new windows or a new heating system that you can put into practice.

Caulk and weather stripping

How To Save Money On Your Heating BillsOne thing that makes a big difference is making sure the caulk and weather stripping around your windows and doors is in good shape. Warm air leaking out and cold air leaking in can make your home much less energy efficient. Caulking around the windows will close up small holes between the windows and walls. Check the weather stripping around your doors too. If you can see daylight around the edges of your doors that will tell you that you need to replace it.

Check the flue

If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, check the flue to make sure it closes completely. When not in use the flue should be closed. Same with the doors on the stove. If there are gaps or the flue won’t close completely it will pull warm air from the room and send it up the chimney.

Take down screens and put up your storm windows and doors. Also consider putting an insulating film on your windows.

Change out your curtains and add heavier drapes for winter

Open them during the day to let in the warm sunlight, but close them at night to keep the warmth in. Add throw rugs to wood and ceramic flooring to provide extra insulation as well. Speaking of insulation, check the insulation in your attic. Over time insulation can deteriorate and needs either replacing or augmenting with some new. Same goes with crawlspaces, or anywhere you can add a bit more.

Change out furnace filters and have it serviced!

Dirty filters make your heating system work harder. Having it serviced will also make sure it is working as efficiently as possible. Consider a programmable thermostat. It can be set to automatically be at a lower temperature overnight and when you aren’t home.

Consider a water heater blanket for your hot water heater

Keeping the heat in may also mean you can lower the water heater temperature. If you have kids in the home, the hot water heater should be no higher than 120 degrees anyway.