16 Dec Lessons Learned
Hey, nobody’s perfect. No matter what stage you’re at in your life, buying a home is an important decision. If you are considering home ownership, wouldn’t you jump at the chance to avoid common pitfalls that plague new homeowners?
This was a recent topic of a blog from New Home Source. Because building a home seems challenging, Arthur Rutenberg Homes wants to help by sharing it with you. When you are ready to get on the path to finding an Arthur Rutenberg Home, we are here to help! Because choosing a home that fits you is what we do. You dream. We build.
Here are seven lessons learned by new homeowners during the homebuilding process:
[service title=”Lesson 1: Lack of storage” icon=”icon: check-square-o” size=”12″]Unless you want to end up “retrofitting a sea of shelving and closets later”, the design phase is a great time to plan for what you need in your home from extra garage space to the kitchen pantry.[/service]
[service title=”Lesson 2: Too many unused spaces” icon=”icon: check-square-o” size=”12″]The design phase is also a great time to plan for what you really need in your home that fits your lifestyle because square footage is valuable. Unused rooms like a formal dining room might not help with the resale and “unforeseen scenarios, such as if someone gets sick and needs to stay with you or you have a lot of out-of-town relatives.”[/service]
[service title=”Lesson 3: Cheaping out on efficiency” icon=”icon: check-square-o” size=”12″]“Never eliminate anything that makes a home more efficient — and that includes appliances.” Why? Because upfront savings in costs from less efficient products leads to higher energy bills and more repairs and maintenance in the long run. [/service]
[service title=”Lesson 4: Not allowing for allowances” icon=”icon: check-square-o” size=”12″]To avoid shock and set your expectations accordingly, “go shopping and see what you like. Most of the time homeowners agree to a cost first and end up having to cough up thousands of extra dollars to accommodate their tastes later. Also, make sure you make your selections and order things early.” [/service]
[service title=”Lesson 5: Planning for today, not tomorrow” icon=”icon: check-square-o” size=”12″]Do you want a pool eventually? Do you plan on adding additional space? ”Get it into the master plan now to ensure you have the right amount of space, wiring, piping, and location when the time comes.” [/service]
[service title=”Lesson 6: Being realistic about your outdoor needs” icon=”icon: check-square-o” size=”12″]“People hang on to the fantasy of how they think they’re going to use that space rather than what climate and location will allow. It becomes a walk-through space to dump stuff and that’s it.” [/service]
[service title=”Lesson 7: Hiring the wrong builder” icon=”icon: check-square-o” size=”12″]Once you start building, you should expect the unexpected. That’s why it’s important to be “guided by folks who know a heck of a lot more about homebuilding than you do”. So, choose the right builder to get the right custom design for you which means a better product and less change orders. [/service]