Always Buy New Over Old! Here Are The Many Reasons That You Should Buy a New Home Rather Than An Older One
February 25, 2016
New homes feature newer and better materials, built-in appliances, high-speed data access, more wiring for all those electronics, and goodies like whirlpool tubs, and easy-to-clean plastic tub enclosures.
Many new homes come equipped with hard-wired smoke detectors on every level, complete with battery back up should the power go out. Fires are diminished due to the lack of need for space heaters and because of more efficient central heating systems and better insulation.
Electrical power systems in new homes are properly sized for the heavier electrical demands of today’s homes, and wiring systems are less likely to cause fires. Circuit breakers have replaced fuse boxes, which can be overloaded by using the wrong-size fuse. Ground fault interrupters for bathrooms, kitchens, and outside receptacles reduce the chance of fire and electrocution. Today’s glass in tub enclosures and patio doors in new homes must be tempered so that it will crumble if broken instead of shattering into large jagged pieces that can seriously injure people.
The building industry has responded to the health risks of certain products by building with products and systems that make new homes better for your health. Asbestos, which can increase the risk of respiratory disease, has been eliminated from shingles, pipe, cement board, roof tar, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, and insulation. Lead, a potential poison, is no longer used as an ingredient in paint or as solder for plumbing.
Formaldehyde emissions from particle board and hardwood plywood have been greatly reduced in new homes. And urea-formaldehyde finishes on most kitchen cabinets are now baked or cured to minimize emissions. Builders are now installing systems to control radon gas where it is a problem. Older homes frequently have no gravel in which to collect the gas, no polyethylene film to retard movement of the gas through the slab, and no vent pipes. Mitigating radon from an existing home is generally far more expensive than building radon prevention techniques into a new home.
Because of better windows, more efficient heating and cooling equipment, better control of air infiltration, and greater use of insulation, new homes consume half as much energy as older homes. Older homes tend to be drafty and less comfortable, and frost and condensation are more likely to appear on windows, drip down, and cause deterioration of wood trim and walls.
Another great point, is that new homes require less maintenance. New homes are available with siding, windows, and trim that never need painting. Wood decks are typically made of pressure-treated lumber resistant to rot and insects. Pressure-treated wood also is used where wood comes in contact with concrete.
Ultimately, buyers’ decisions will come down to what they want to spend on a home and improvements, access to work and services, and community amenities. In a new neighborhood, where everything is new and shiny, a lot of selling isn’t needed.
Here’s a great article on New Homes vs. Old Homes – Which Is Right for You?
What Do Millennials Want These Days? How To Make Your Home Appeal To The Young Professionals Who Are Taking Over The Market
February 25, 2016
What do millennials want in a home these days?
Young professionals want to buy homes that don’t need work, and are ready to move in, as-is. The most notable requirement that has been observed by this age group is that they have certain ”must-have” requirements on their lists. This generally includes a home with brand new kitchen and bath fixtures. The reasoning for his is that they have limited budgets. Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings. Kitchens and bathrooms are also the most expensive parts of a home to update, and they usually can’t afford to fix, or update. Here are the main requirements young professionals look for in a home:
An open kitchen space that can easily transition from kitchen to TV room has become extremely important. Young buyers are very attracted to open floor plans over compartmentalized rooms. More and more Americans are starting to work from home, and that trend is expected to continue. This is why offices are so important to young professionals.
Younger buyers have learned that certain locations have higher utility prices than others. Because so many of them have learned through renting, they want homes that are low on costs, and want properties that are close to public transportation. Most young buyers look for homes that are low-maintenance features. This includes wanting wood floors over carpet, and granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. These are sought after because they obviously, are more attractive, but also because they stain less easily, so they don’t require replacing.
Buyers want to hear about cell service and Internet, not cable and telephone. In some cases, a house’s appeal can be increased or diminished because of the strength of a mobile carrier’s signal or its Internet service provider options. While cellphone and Internet services are out of the seller’s hands, sellers should expect their agent to be prepared to field questions on that front.
With energy costs on the rise and growing interest in protecting the environment, young buyers are conscious of buying homes that are green. And actually, these days, it is not just young buyers that are looking for energy-efficient homes. It really is everyone. Buyers factor non energy efficient costs into the consideration of the home. This is because buyers will often factor
Young buyers tend to get caught in a trap when gauging the affordability of condos or town homes. The asking price often fits their limited budgets, but HOA dues and the possibility of large assessments can sink the purchase. When it comes to condo buildings, younger buyers are looking for properties with no special assessments. They want to maximize their monthly housing budget by finding a property with low monthly assessments.
Younger buyers start their searches online. The home must have professional photography that shows the home in its best light, or they will move on before ever stepping foot in the door. While younger buyers look to the internet first and foremost when searching for a home, realtors are the second most common resource for finding a home. See: Why You Shouldn’t Spend Your Maximum Budget on a House
There Are Many Reasons You Should Have Your House Inspected Prior To Selling; Here Are A Few You Won’t Want To Miss Out On
February 25, 2016
Ordinarily, a serious buyer would pay to have a home formally inspected. The goal is to uncover any potential problems before signing on the dotted line, while there’s still time to negotiate. But sometimes, sellers will have their homes inspected before they even put them on the market. Here are three reasons why a pre-inspection may be a good idea.
A pre-inspection is a goodwill gesture. It demonstrates a willingness to go beyond what’s expected, and that sets you apart from other sellers. You’re sending a signal that your house is not hiding any concealed damage and that you’re being upfront about the property. All of this can give potential buyers peace of mind and confidence.
A pre-inspection gives you a heads-up if there are problems that a potential buyer will likely want repaired. Once you know what’s wrong, you can have those issues fixed before you list. The cleaner and more problem-free you can make your home, the faster it’s likely to sell.
Because a pre-inspection lets buyers know what they’re getting from the beginning, they can factor any needed repairs into an offer. And by disclosing all known issues upfront, you’re protecting yourself against claims the buyer might make later, which sometimes result in lawsuits.
On the other hand, let’s say you don’t have a pre-inspection. During escrow, the buyer’s inspector discovers problems you didn’t know about. You can be sure the buyer will try to negotiate a lower price, which will cost you money and can delay the sale. The buyer might even cancel the contract.
Assuming you’re not trying to sell a fixer-upper, a pre-inspection can shine a spotlight on your home’s selling points, such as any electrical upgrades you might have had made.
If you’re trying to get rid of a home that basically is going to be sold “as-is”, there’s no point in paying for a pre-inspection. But if you’ve maintained your home and want to sell it as quickly, and as profitably, as possible, a pre-inspection is almost always a good idea.
Here’s a great article by NOLO on why you should Arrange a Professional Inspection Before You Sell Your Home.