Hope your year is off to a good start! If you’re thinking about changing your current housing situation this year, We can help! We’ve shared some information about new construction homes below. We think it could be something to consider if you’re thinking about buying in 2021. We’ve also included a few tips if you’re thinking about selling. Plus, some ways to show your home a little love this Valentine's Day. If you have any questions, please let us know!
When to Consider a New Construction Home
Low interest rates and high demand mean a housing shortage for first time home buyers. With multiple offers, high quality, affordable homes aren’t staying on the market for long. However, new construction homes may be able to help close the gap between available homes and buyers in the market.
Pros: Buying a new construction home reduces the chances of running into a bidding war and often allows you to pick your lot and customize some of the features. You also get a brand new, turn-key home that won’t need additional renovations or repairs before you can move in. Most also come with extended builder’s warranties and manufacturer warranties that will help protect your investment.
Cons: One of the downsides of purchasing a new construction home is that it may be weeks or months before construction is complete, depending on how early in the building process you purchase. Also, you will most likely have to place a deposit to claim your home well before construction is complete.
Before you buy a new construction home, make sure it was built by a company with a good reputation and review the terms of the warranty to make sure you’re covered if something goes wrong early in your homeownership. You should also be able to tour a model home or existing property to see the quality of the build before you buy.
Show Your Home a Little Love This Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate the ones we love, but this year, after you’ve celebrated with flowers, chocolates, and a candle-lit dinner, be sure to show your home a little love too.
Adding some new decorative items, whether they’re temporary, like a bouquet of flowers on the dining room table, or more permanent, like a fresh coat of paint, are a great way to show your home a little love and help yourself fall in love with your home all over again.
Get a head start on your spring cleaning by washing the windows, cleaning the carpets, and dusting the fans now. The fresh feeling you create is a great way to show your home some love.
Looking to save water? Consider a new showerhead. Want to upgrade the fixtures in your home? Consider new outlet covers. Home renovations don’t have to be big and expensive; even small upgrades can have a big impact on your home.
Home Seller Checklist
If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, now’s the time. Low interest rates and increased time spent at home have created a large pool of buyers looking for homes. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still put your best foot forward. Before your home goes on the market, make sure you’ve crossed off these preliminary steps.
Limiting the amount of clothes, furnishings, and other “stuff” in the house will help buyers envision their own items in the house as well as make your home appear more spacious.
If your lawn is a little sparse or the bushes a bit overgrown, now is the time to fix it. Landscaping takes time, so get started a few months before you’re ready to list.
If you have a loose banister in the stairwell, uncovered sockets, or a light switch that doesn’t work, go ahead and bring someone in to repair those items. Buyers may see small cosmetic problems or items in need of repair and assume there are problems they aren’t seeing. Make sure your home looks and functions well to attract the most buyers and the highest price possible.
Whatever 2021 has in store for you, whether it’s buying, selling, or sprucing up your current home, We’re here to help!