Before you take the plunge, resolve to consider value, community, quality, and more:
- Buy from a reputable, qualified builder. Browse the builder’s website to get a feel for their products and priorities. Visit a sales center. Ask questions.
- Take a walk through one of the builder’s communities. What’s the vibe, what’s the proximity to shops, dining and services? Do you like the look of the neighborhood? Are you close to trails and open space? What about views? Bottom line: Can you picture yourself living there?
- Go green. Look for Energy Star certification. You’ll consume less energy, which lowers your costs. The indoor air quality will be healthier and more comfortable, and you’ll feel good about being a steward of the environment. Win-win-win.
- Consider value — now and long-term. Is the home built to hold up over time? Is the location desirable?
- Is unique and thoughtful design a priority, or are you ok with what, in the industry, is called a production home? Builders generally specialize in one type or the other, but not both.
- Most buyers who prefer new construction also want low maintenance. When you’ve found a home you love, do a walk-thru with the building supervisor. Learn what will be required of you as the homeowner.
- Not into mowing grass, raking leaves or shoveling snow? Consider a duplex, town home or condo loft. At Markel, we call it easy living, and for good reason.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016. If a new home is on your radar, give us a shout (call Jodi at 303-339-6126). Send us an email. We’d love to hear from you.