Buying a new construction home is exciting but can also be overwhelming. There are so many options, each offering unique benefits and drawbacks. To help you navigate the process, we’ve compiled this buyer’s guide to new construction homes with six tips on what to look for in a new home purchase.
1. Flexible Floor Plans
Builders construct newly constructed custom homes from the ground up, which means you can choose the layout of your home and customize it to fit your needs. If you need an extra bedroom or bathroom, ask your builder to add one! You can also change the size of certain rooms if they’re too large or small for your liking.
2. Energy-Efficient Features
Energy-efficient features are one of the best ways to reduce utility bills. They can also help reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some standard energy-efficient features that you’ll find in newly constructed custom homes, especially those using geothermal heating and cooling systems:
- Whole-home ventilation systems
These systems use fans, ducts, and vents to move air through the house. They’re more efficient than traditional window units because they don’t pull hot or cold air from outside. They just circulate it within the home itself.
- Programmable thermostats
Programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. With these devices, your air conditioning or heating system won’t run as often or as long as it would if left on its schedule! Smart thermostats can also sense when someone’s home and adjust themselves accordingly. That way, no one gets too hot or cold while sleeping or working from home during regular business hours.
3. Price Per Square Foot
The price per square foot is the most common metric used to compare the cost of homes. It’s also one of the most useful because it gives you a good idea of how much space you get for your money.
To calculate this number, divide your total cost by the square footage of your home (including the basement). For example, if you buy a newly constructed home for $500,000 with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,600 sq. ft. (which includes two stories), your price-per-square foot would be $500,000/1,600 = $312.5/sq. ft.
4. Builder Reputation
For many buyers, a builder’s reputation is one of the most critical factors in choosing a new home. A good reputation carries weight with you and your family because the builder has consistently produced quality homes.
A good reputation also helps determine what type of warranty will be provided on your new home. A reputable builder will offer better coverage than an unknown or less-reputable company-and. This can save you thousands in repair costs down the road!
5. Builder Incentives
Builder incentives are a great way to save money on your new home. Incentives are usually offered by builders for specific products or upgrades and can be found in the builder’s sales office or online. They may also be available through third-party companies that work closely with builders, so it’s worth looking into those options if you’re interested in this savings opportunity.
In addition to offering financial incentives, some builders also offer other perks such as gifts (like kitchen appliances) and moving costs reimbursement if you buy from them within a specific timeframe after moving into your new home
6. Construction Schedule
The construction schedule is a significant part of the home-buying process. It’s essential to understand your builder’s construction schedule so you can plan for it and avoid issues down the road.
Construct Your Custom Home with Mangum Builders
If you’re looking for a new construction home, this guide should help you understand the process better. Remember that every builder is different, and they may have policies and procedures when purchasing one of their homes. Mangum Builders prides itself on providing excellent end-to-end service for all our clients’ home building projects. Our professionals have decades of experience in planning and building custom homes to suit individual preferences. Don’t hesitate to contact us today!