The Lifespan of Your Roof and Everything Under It

Whether you're house-hunting or working on updating your current residence, it's important to keep an eye on the important parts of your home and when they are required to be updated.

How to Plant a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

With Spring weather (hopefully) on it's way, you may be thinking about cleaning up and adding to your garden, or even creating a new one!

Reasons to Live in a Bungalow Condo Community

Are you planning for your retirement? Overwhelmed with the maintenance required for your current home? Realizing that you don't need as much space now that the kids have moved out?

Preparing Your Home for a Long-Term Vacation

Planning for a long-term vacation? We have two questions for you:

1. Can we come?
2. Have you prepped your house?

How to Successfully Rent Out Your Property

Congratulations! You’ve just invested in a new home and you’re planning on renting it out. To help, we’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind in order to successfully rent out your property!

Top Ten FAQs When Buying a New Construction Home

Buying a new construction home is a very exciting experience- and it can also be a great learning opportunity. If you have never bought a new build before, we're here to break down a few of our most popular FAQs to help explain the process a little more. 

What to Know When Applying for a Mortgage

Applying for a mortgage can be very stressful, but we want to help make the process a little easier for you.

Low Maintenance House Plants

Did you know that having plants in your home can improve air quality, help reduce stress, and keep you focused?

We've identified 10 of the best types of low-maintenance house plants PLUS how to care for them!

5 ways to know you've found the right home

Can't tell if a new build is right for you?

Buying new construction for the first time can be daunting. You're looking at floorplans, various models, elevations and decor options; and you may not be able to walk through a decorated model home...

We're here to help! Keep in mind these five ways to know if you've found the right new build for you.

1. The price is right

You'll know you've found the right new home if the model you want is within your budget.

You should consider any "starting at __" price as the lowest price point available in that development and look at the offered models from there.

You'll also want to consider what the standard finishes are like. You may love them or you may want to upgrade a few things to suit your personal taste. Customization means you'll need room in your budget for upgrading your finishes.  

The builder may also be offering purchaser incentives (extra things you get). If you love the incentives too, you've found the right one.

 

2. The timing is right 

The right home for you, also has a closing date that works for you. You may be renting, staying with family/friends or need time to sell your current home and you'll want to plan for when you're new home will be ready to move into.

If your schedule matches up with the projected closing date and you'd still be comfortable in the rare occurrence a delay impacts your move in day, you know you can proceed with the home purchase.

 

3. The floorplan is right

The layout of the rooms and overall flow of the spaces makes sense. You'll know the home is right for you, if the planned layout works for your real life.

Look at the floorplans for storage spaces like linen closets and cabinets, so you know that you'll have room for everything.

- Can you visualize where you'd place furniture?

- Do you know where you'd put your TV?

- If something doesn't work for you, can you change it for the build?

If "yes" to all of these questions, then you've found your ideal home.

 

4. The location is right 

Location is everything! Since the location of the home is something you can't change, make sure you'd be happy there.

Sometimes with new builds, you'll be part of a growing community where your investment will pay off in the long run. You may need to be close to highway access for your commute or good schools for your children; be sure the area offers all of the amenities you'll need. 

If you can picture yourself living in the neighborhood, you've found the right home.

 

5. You are excited to move in!

You've had that moment when you are ready to stop house hunting. You should feel excited, after all it's a brand new home, built just for you, with all of your personal selections.

If the home checks off all of the other boxes and you can't wait to move in, you've found the right home!