December 2014

4 Benefits Of Building Your New Home

 

4 Benefits Of Building Your New Home

Building a new home can be quite the challenge, but there are definite benefits to building your own home than purchasing an existing older home. Some home buyers may set out to buy an existing house but change focus to build new if they do not find something suitable to fit their needs.

1. Choosing Your Floor Plan/Design: 

The benefits of building your new home is like having a blank canvas. It gives you the ability to add what enhances your lifestyle. It is important to establish a realistic budget for a new home, the same as if you were buying an existing home. However, building a new home gives you the opportunity to choose a floor plan with just the right amount of living space to meet your particular needs for the present time and future. Building a new home also allows you to personalize the home to fit your lifestyle.

2. Choosing Your Amenities:

Another benefit is you are able to choose the amenities to be included in your new home such as the choice of appliances, central air conditioning, if desired and heating system. You will also be able to choose the number of and location of electrical outlets and wall switches both inside the home and outside to accommodate outdoor living and security.

3. A Green Home:

Save energy and be good to the environment. Building your own home allows you to incorporate energy-saving appliances and perhaps even solar panels to the home. This is the opportunity to build a green home with resource conserving materials while helping to protect the environment.

4. Warranty:

Building a new home means maintenance is minimal. Since everything about the home is new that means fewer repairs on items such as siding, carpeting, hardwood floors and appliances. Most things about the home will be under warranty. Since building methods, materials and techniques, as well as building codes, are always improving homes built today are built to a higher standard than they were previously and will retain its value.

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new home. Book your no-obligation appointment or call 1.866.971.0239 so that we can help you to find the design that will be perfect for you and your budget.

Choosing Your New Vacation Home Design

 

Choosing Your New Vacation Home Design

When it comes to building a vacation home, it is important to evaluate all of the design and location options that are at your disposal. At Trafalgar Homes, we have a wide variety of vacation homes available to choose from, it can seem somewhat overwhelming. By learning more information about vacation homes such as the desired size, amenities and investment strategies, making the right choice should be achievable.

Bigger is Not Always Better

Smaller vacation homes can have a number of advantages when compared to their larger counterparts. They cost less to build, can be built on a much smaller lot of property and will result in lower maintenance costs.

Consider Maintenance While Away

A number of vacation homeowners will opt to buy a vacation home that is part of a condominium community because outside maintenance such as lawn care is performed. This of course also comes with a monthly fee. According to Investopedia, “A single-family home, for example, will have different costs and demands than a condominium unit or townhouse. Condominium units are popular vacation properties because the owner is not responsible for any of the maintenance outside of the individual unit. Lawn care, exterior painting, pool cleaning and garbage removal are all handled by the condominium association.” This being said, a home with a bit more seclusion will offer a higher degree of privacy. A way to get around the maintenance quandary is to rent out the property while you are away while making outdoor maintenance a part of the tenant’s responsibility for a discount in monthly rent.

Weather and Local Conditions

The design of a vacation home should highly correlate to the local weather and other conditions. For example, a home built close to the beach should be resistant to flooding and high winds.

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new vacation home. Book your no-obligation appointment or call 1.866.971.0239 so that we can help you to find the design that will be perfect for you and your budget.

3 Reasons To Consider A New Home Lock-up Package

3 Reasons To Consider A New Home Lock-up Package

If you are building a new home, you might be talking about all of the options available to you. One term you might have heard often is a lock-up package. This means the builder gets your home to the stage where it is weatherproof, and the doors and windows lock to keep intruders from gaining access to the home. All of the interior projects like flooring, insulation, cabinetry and painting are up to you. In some cases, this might be more work then you want to take on. However, there are advantages to be considered, such as:

Saving Money

If you are handy around the house and own the correct tools, a lock-up home allows you to minimize the cost of contractors. In some cases, you might be able to negotiate a lower price on materials with a family friend, including paint, fixtures and tile. A lot of the needed tasks require a minimum of skills from painting to installing carpeting. It is just labor intensive. If you have a strict budget, a lock-up package provides you with more square footage at a lower price.

Getting Exactly What You Want

A lock-up package helps you save money overall and frees up your budget to include items to splurge on, perhaps, you dream of marble countertops in the kitchen. By installing them yourself, they may become a viable option. In many cases, the contractor will paint the interior of your home a single colour. A lock-up package allows you to paint each room a different colour or even multiple colours. You will find it easier to get exactly what you want with this type of building project.

Flexibility

When you go with a lock-up building package, you treat yourself to more flexibility from interior design to your timetable. You no longer need to work about building on the contractor’s schedule and can finish projects as you have time available. You will not need to worry about the property getting damaged by rain or adverse condition while you work at your own pace.

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new home. Book your no-obligation appointment or call 1.866.971.0239 so that we can help you to find the design that will be perfect for you and your budget.

How To Choose Your Custom Home Builder

How To Choose Your Custom Home Builder

You have finally taken the leap and decided that you want to build your new home. You have a beautiful piece of land just waiting. However, finding a builder is not as simple as opening the phone book or searching online. You want to make sure that your home is built well and will last for many years for you to enjoy.

Here are some tips to finding the perfect custom home builder for your new home.

 

Ask around to find builders. Many people have built their own home or known someone who has. Just as many people know good builders and many have horror stories. Listen carefully. You can also look through the phone book or search the Internet so that you have a list of builders that you can meet.

 

Meet several builders and be prepared to ask questions. Ask them about their experiences. Have they built many homes? Any like the one you are interested in? Ask them about any homes that they are currently working on that you might be able to go look at. Be sure to ask them about any homes that they recently finished. Maybe some owners would allow you to look at their homes. You should plan on driving past a few of them to see how they look, even if you can just see them from the outside.

 

Ask for references. You need to be able to trust the person who is building your home. Glowing recommendations will help you feel much better. Do not be afraid to call and talk to a lot of people. You need to be comfortable with the person who builds your dream home. You should always make sure that you get estimates in writing.

 

Finding a custom home builder can be time consuming but it is not something that you should rush in to. You need to ask around and meet with several builders. Be prepared to look through plans and ask a lot of questions. Hopefully you will be able to look through some partially started homes and some finished homes. Also, be sure to ask for references so that you can talk to some satisfied customers.

 

At Trafalgar Homes we are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to building your new home. Book your no-obligation appointment or call 1.866.971.0239 so that we can help you to find the design that will be perfect for you and your budget.

7 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying Land For Your New Home

7 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying Land For Your New Home

When you find land for your new home construction, you already know to get some basic answers, such as how big the parcel is, where it’s located, and how much it costs. But before you put your money down, find out if the land is truly something that will meet your current and future needs by asking the following additional questions:

  1. Is the lot suitable and construction ready with the type and size of structure you want? What are the setbacks? Are there any zoning restrictions or requirements you need to be aware of?
  2. How does the topography affect what you can build? Is it high enough from the surroundings so it doesn’t flood?
  3. How was the land previously used? Are any contaminants or junk on the property? Are there any environmental regulations that affect the property?
  4. Is the site accessible to water, power, natural gas, or sewer systems? If not, what’s involved in adding such systems?
  5. What kind of road access does the property have? Can the road support the equipment you need to build the home or do you have to build a special way? Will any surrounding road expansions affect your property?
  6. Does the seller have legal title? Are there any liens, easements, or rights of way that allow other entities access?
  7. What kinds of taxes are due on the property when the sale goes through and if you hold it for an extended period

You can avoid many problems by not relying on the seller’s agent to broker the deal. Their primary responsibility isn’t you. At Trafalgar Homes we have trusted partners that we work with that can help you to find the land you are looking for. Please contact us, or call 1.866.971.0239 to find out more about Trafalgar Homes and to discuss your options on selecting property for your new home build.