Building A New Home In Minnesota
Building A New Home In Minnesota
So you decided to take the plunge and buy a home - great! One of the options you should consider if you haven't already done so is a brand new home! When you consider new construction vs. previously owned certainly there are pros and cons on both sides of the equation. Let's take a look at what I consider my top 8 reasons for buying a newly constructed home.
Building a Home in the Twin Cities
Buy or build a new home in the Twin Cities and you get to make all the choices, every single one! You choose the lot, the style of home, floor plan, builder, and all of the finishes touches that will make this house truly your home. Depending on the builder, development, real estate agent and price point you are comfortable with, you can have as little or as much input as you desire.
In the kitchen, you select the cabinets, countertops, appliances you have always wanted. The bathroom fixtures will be up to you, and the style of the doors and windows. And of course, you select all the flooring, light fixtures, and colors! You can decide how you want to allocate your allowances. Perhaps you want the top of the line windows, kitchen cabinets, floor coverings and are willing to spend less on light fixtures and doors.
Pros of Buying a New Home
Many builders use much safer materials than ever before. It is common for builders to use flame retardant carpeting, insulation, sheetrock and doors as well as a radon mitigation system. It is also required that they have the hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups. It's important to feel you and your family are safe in your new home!
Building your own home in MN gives you more options
Imagine controlling your home lights in every room and setting your heat or air conditioning remotely from your smartphone or tablet. Or managing your security system or media options from another location! The technology available today for new homes is incredible. The "smart home" concept is being embraced now more than ever. Many home features can now be controlled wirelessly by "apps" These new features help ensure safety and efficiency, make your home significantly more comfortable, and may even reduce your homeowner's insurance.
Check out the "2014 Smart Home" on HGTV. You might even win it, and at the very least get some great "smart" ideas for your own new home.
New Homes in MN Have Better Indoor Air Quality
You can avoid lingering odors and potential mold problems. While funky smells will be detectable, mold can often hide in the walls and heating ducts of older homes. You can expect clean air and comfortable moisture levels with a properly designed, constructed and controlled new home. This is an especially appealing benefit if a family member suffers from allergies or asthma.
New Builds in MN Are More Energy Efficient
With building codes that mandate higher energy-efficiency standards for new construction, you can be assured that your new home, at a minimum, will be more efficient than those that are several years older. In 2009 the International Energy Conservation Code required approximately 17% more efficiency than mandated just three years previously. You also have a choice of the materials and the level of efficiency above and beyond the current building codes. High-efficiency utilities and appliances will not only reduce your utility bills but your carbon footprint as well.
Buy New - Get a New Construction Home Warranty
In Minnesota, a builder must provide a 1-year warranty on the entire home, a 2-year warranty on all of the systems and a 10-year warranty for the structure. If you are interested, you can read the entire statute on the Minnesota state website.
New Homes Require Fewer Repairs
Since everything in your home is new, you won't have to budget for immediate potential repairs. Also, you know the materials used in construction as well as the best methods to care for and protect those materials. And you have a clean slate when it comes to proper care of your home's appliances and systems. Knowing your home has a perfect maintenance record gives you as the owner great incentive to stay up to date and on schedule with routine services.
Less overall required upkeep and costly repairs mean piece of mind and extra time for you to relax and enjoy your new home!
New Construction - New Community
Many developers are creating a "community within a community" by building pools, walking trails, sports courts, playgrounds and sometimes even a club house in their new construction projects. The activities that are available to every resident of the new development creates easy opportunities for families to meet, play and get to know one another better.
Since it is common that the homes sell to similar demographics, such as families with young children, everyone is at similar life stages. Friendships and bonds between neighbors help to create a great support system. Additionally, these friendships often last a lifetime, especially if families stay in their homes for the long term.
Buying new construction means everything new in your home. It means not having to live with purple carpeting in the bedroom. You will never have to wonder how someone else maintained your home, or that costly repairs may be just around the corner. You can design it, customize it and care for it exactly the way you want. It will truly be your new home in every way!
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If you would like more information on the home buying process check out Homebuying 101.