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New construction homes

Buying new construction homes is a bit different from buying a previously-owned home. For one, because there is no previous homeowner, you don’t have to deal with a seller’s emotional tie to the property, which typically influences the negotiating process. Whether you’re designing and building a custom home or buying a home that’s built on spec in a new subdivision, you’ll only have to work with the builder.

Many homebuyers think that purchasing a brand-new home is smarter than purchasing a “used” home. A new home’s maintenance costs should be minimal; its construction materials, systems and appliances should be up-to-code and energy efficient; the floor plan and amenities should meet the needs of modern buyers; and the home should be move-in ready. A new construction home also has an emotional appeal for buyers who like the idea of living in a home that’s completely clean and potentially perfect.

When shopping for a new home, visions of gorgeous kitchens, sumptuous master baths and closet space galore may dance in your head, but you can’t forget the important step called financing. In many respects, financing a new home is much like getting a mortgage to purchase a resale home, but there’s an important difference. When buying resale, you shop around for rates and terms from banks, mortgage companies, brokers and online lenders. You can do the same when buying a new home, but there’s often an additional resource. Your builder may offer attractive financing packages, either directly through its own mortgage subsidiary or via an affiliate.

Things to consider while buying new construction homes:

When you are planning on buying a new construction home there are plenty of things that you might consider and few of them are listed below.

  • Weigh the advantages and disadvantages:

Living in a newly constructed home no doubt is incredible and nothing can beat that feeling of joy but before you start decorating and painting your house and fill it with all the glitter just check if it matches your lifestyle. Is it located in the center of the city or far from everyplace you have to be at on regular basis?

  • Research the neighborhood:

When buying a new Construction home always meet with an agent who knows the area well and is very well aware of the neighborhood, it is a matter of lifetime after all. Ask your agent to walk you down the area for you to get an idea of the place also drive around the neighborhood and check out the amenities and the quality of the homes.

  • Get an inspection and a home warranty:

Never forget a thorough inspection of the house you are going to purchase and if possible keep inspecting it during the construction phase also asking for a warranty is great, it’s like protecting yourself. Ask for a builder’s warranty for a period of time following move-in

  • Close the deal:

You are committing 30 years of your life to the process of homeownership. Learn as much as possible about the mortgage process by reading everything you can find.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

Inexpensive Home Renovations That Make A Big Impact

There are quite a few home improvement ideas that can be done that keep your home current and fresh.  Contractors are seeing an increase in simple home renovation over large scaled renovations.  It can be costly to re-do a kitchen or a bathroom when a fresh coat of paint, some new shelves, and eco friendly appliances can update the same space at a quarter of the cost.  In this article you will learn ways to update the look and feel of your home with minor home improvements that won’t break the bank.

  • Fresh Paint: A new color freshly painted on the walls can transform any room.  It brings an instant sparkle to the space and changes the feel of the space.  Homes are lived in; walls get scuffed and marked up.  It is amazing what a new coat of paint can do to erase the years of life your walls are showing.  Try a bright, crisp color on the walls.  Pick a color that enhances the existing décor to create a new look with little effort or time.
  • Schedule Cleaning: This isn’t necessarily a renovation but it is definitely a home improvement.  Most people get overwhelmed when it comes to deep cleaning.  By creating a cleaning schedule you can maintain the environment without wasting weekend after weekend cleaning.  Create a schedule and stick with it.  Your home will stay company ready without the headaches and stress of piled up chores.   Have your family participate in a ten minute pick up at the end of each and every night.  This will prevent clutter from being allowed to accumulate.
  • Built-In Furniture: Contractors are seeing a lot of built in furniture features with new construction and the trend is crossing over into home renovations.  Creating built-in pieces of furniture allows you to have more space throughout the home.  Built-ins within the kitchen allow room for appliances and storage within the same space freeing up space elsewhere.
  • Eco-Friendly Appliances: As you start to replace failing, older appliances replace them with eco-friendly, energy efficient appliances.  This will save you money monthly.  The same concept can be used on other objects throughout the home as well including light bulbs, batteries, fans and the numerous small appliances that you use every day that use a lot of energy.

Meet with a local contractor today to see what recommendations they have to bring your home up to date and keep it looking fresh.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

Trends In New Construction For 2017

One of the many reasons homeowners consider building a custom home is to construct a space that is uniquely their own.  Even though you are working to create a custom home it is important to take into current trends happening in the home improvement industry.  In new construction your home is being designed to your specifications.  Homeowners that take into consideration styles currently are popular when building their new home ensures its marketability at a later date.

2017 New Construction Trends

Use of Natural Materials

Wood flooring has always been popular.  More natural, lighter wood finishes are currently trending in new construction.  Engineered flooring in light, natural finishes such as white, gray and washed woods.  Using stone is another unexpected twist using natural materials.  It may be a better option to consider engineered products that give the appearance of natural materials especially when looking to achieve a more exotic look.

Open Concept Floor Plan

New homes that are in construction are tending to encompass more of an open floor plan.  Homes have cleaner lines and spaces are no longer broken down into distinct rooms but rather open spaces.  Many new construction homes are sticking with the ideal of a traditional exterior while encompassing the open concept for the interior.  This design style leads to less hall ways, fewer tiny wasted rooms while bringing in larger more abundant useable space.  The idea in new construction tends to lead more towards making one hundred percent of the home usable.

Bold, Unexpected Risks

When you are building the home of your dreams it is important to have some fun with the process.  Consider using metal or glass elements when designing your new construction home.  Ornamental ceilings are another trend that adds an unforeseen twist to your home.   Try introducing a bold pattern wall paper in the bathroom or laundry room to create a different effect on the space as a whole.

Exterior Surprises

Don’t forget the home’s exterior in new construction.  Backyard space has been underutilized for far too long.  Make the space outside of your home as welcoming as the inside.  Create an indoor space outdoors such as a patio with a built in fire pit or an outdoor space with a fireplace and built in girl and kitchen.   An option that tends to be popular in the south is an elaborate outdoor entertainment space that includes a swimming pool, elaborate lighting and bar space.

It is important to incorporate yourself into building your new home while working in popular trends in real estate.  This allows you to live in your dream home without worrying about if it will sell when you are ready.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

Technology In New Construction

One of the newest home improvement trends has a lot to do with new technology.  As we move into an age where technology affects everything around us we realize we need to embrace it in our homes.  Technology used in home renovations increases energy efficiency and usability which increase the functionality and value of the home.  Enhanced home technology and automation is almost expected in new construction.  So the question is can we expect to see moving forward in 2017?

One thing that consumers can expect out of kitchens within new construction or kitchen renovations is to install new appliances with connectivity.  Smart appliances with energy saving options can notify you when your refrigerator is empty or your laundry is done; all of this can be done with your phone.  These sophisticated appliances were once just a futuristic dream that are now the reality and will soon be the norm.

Not only is there an increase in technology within home design it is also infiltrating the exterior as well.  Technology used to automate gardens is becoming taking over to allow homeowners to wreak the benefits of beautiful gardens without extra work.  Greater control over sprinkler systems includes benefits such as allowing for adjustments in humidity, rain level, soil types and more.  This allows plant growth to be efficient and economical while being convenient.  Remote monitoring and the ability to control settings while away from home ensure that this technology will be something integrated into new landscape designs.

Another technological advance that contractors are seeing requests for are home theatres and entertainment caves.  Spaces are being converted to include advance sound and visual technology.  The craze for updated spaces to entertain will be huge in 2017.

Making the most of each and every space within the home is a trend that is currently popular amongst homeowners.  Creative ways to take space that was previously unused and turn it into something functional is something many homeowners are looking into.  The room under the stairs is turned into a reading nook or a space filled with drawers that can be used for storage.  Empty corners in large living rooms are being redone to be functional home offices or craft areas.  Using space that was currently seen as unusable is a trend that is sure to take hold for years to come.

There are so many new and exciting trends happening in new construction and home remodeling this year.  The real estate market is sure to see an increase in property values as technology continues to integrate into all aspects of life.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

Where Does New Construction Stand In 2017

New construction is making a comeback in the real estate market.  With the changing climate of the economy we can continue to expect growth in new construction in 2017 but at a slower pace than we have seen in previous years.  There are some big trends that are building momentum in the new construction industry.  When you are looking to renovate a home, buy a new construction home or looking to update your own home consider the trends mentioned in this installment on home improvement trends.

Solar Roofing

Solar roofing has recently moved from an extravagant niche market in technology to an affordable reality in home improvements.  There are many reasons for this including improved efficiency and support from local and state governments, eco conscience consumers and power companies.  With the support options become wide open to the solar roofing community.  From leasing options to tax breaks for consumers support equals industry growth.

Smart Homes

Technology and automation is not just growing it is taking over in the new construction industry.  One of the highest growing industries is smart thermostats.  It is becoming a trend to be able to control your home from your phone from wherever you are from the heat to the lighting and beyond.  Sensors are being installed that allow cameras and speakers to be controlled via Wi-Fi.  The home renovation and new construction industries are making technology a standard for the future and beyond.

Energy-Efficient Windows

It is amazing on how far energy efficiency goes.  There are a number of upgrades that are coming to your homes windows.  Glass films and coatings are being installed that allow better insulation from both the heat of the summer and cold of the winter.  Glazing is a new technology that is being experimented with.  Glazing is a technology that would frost or glaze windows over at the flick of a switch.

Rustic Features:

From the installation of bran doors to creating shelving out of old pipes the concept of bringing rustic features into new construction and home renovations is trending in 2017.  Sliding barn doors are mounted on a frame above the frame that allows for a smaller threshold for interior doors.  Rustic features are used as room dividers, closets and more.  Rustic features are becoming the solution to many home renovation and new construction needs.

Car Charging Stations:

Technology it is everywhere when it comes to new home construction and home renovations.  Garages are being built around charging stations that allow a car to charge at the flick of a switch.  Charging stations can cost upwards of three thousand dollars to install.  With a focus on green homes it is important to note that this is a feature that will only continue to grow in popularity.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

Differences Between Buying New Construction and Previously Owned Homes

There is a big difference between buying a new construction home and one that was previously owned.  When you are buying a home that has already been lived in you are purchasing someone’s memories.  One of the advantages of buying new construction is that you do not have to deal with the emotions of the buyer therefore the emotions are left out of the sales process.  When buying new construction, as with a home that was previously owned you will need to secure financing, budget for the unexpected and get pre-approval on a home loan.

If you are contemplating the purchase of a newly constructed home below are some steps to help guide you along the process.

Evaluate the Pros and Cons

One of the benefits of owning a newly-constructed home is that no one else has lived in it.  Everything is bright, shiny and new for you to use before anyone else.  There are three different options in buying new construction including:

  • Buying a new house on spec
  • Purchasing a semicustom home from preselected styles
  • Buying a fully custom designed home

There are many reasons to purchase new construction and a few cons as well.  Previously built homes have mature landscapes where new construction you are cultivating something from nothing.  It could take quiet sometime for the landscape to mature.  Many times new construction is a bit cookie cutter.  Will having homes in the neighborhood that look similar to yours bother you?  New construction also tends to be built super close together; is the lack of privacy worth living in a new construction home?

Investigate Neighborhoods and Area Home Builders

When buying a new construction home you will want to work with a buyer’s agent that not only specializes in new construction but also is familiar with the area, can set up home tours and help throughout the closing process.  The listing agent will be working in conjunction with the builder therefore their agenda will be for the seller not you the buyer.  A listing agent won’t necessarily be looking out for the buyer’s best interest in the sale.  It is crucial that you tour new construction only when doing so with your agent.

Go to the open models within new construction neighborhoods you are interested in.  Make sure to take notes and pictures to keep track of the different options offered and the neighborhoods.  Talk with other homeowners within the neighborhood.  Ask about their experience with the builder and talk to them about the neighborhood.

Make sure to look into the development builder as well.  Talk to local agents that have worked with the builder before.  Talk with the better business bureau about any complaints against them.  Talk with the occupants of homes that the builder has recently finished.  All of these people will offer you a different perspective into working with the buyer.

In our next installment in buying new construction we will talk in depth about what is standard verse what upgrades are extra, home inspections and warranties, and the closing process.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

 

Tips For Buying A New Construction Home

Buying a new construction home is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us.  All of the decisions are up to you, the buyer!  You will be the first person to sit in the tub, the person to choose the paint, the tile; each and every choice will be up to you.  It will be hard not to get caught up in the excitement but avoid that at all costs and remember to focus on what’s important.  The most crucial aspect of buying a new construction home is to have the home inspected thoroughly to allow the builder to remedy problems that exist before closing.  Below are a few important aspects to consider when buying a new construction home:

  • Seek out and hire a professional real estate agent: Many times buyers don’t think about the importance of having their own representation when buying new construction.  When building a new home you are often working directly with an on-site sales agent. It is important to have your own personal agent working with you and the on-site agent.  Don’t feel you need to handle this huge challenge on your won.  The on-site sales agent is in essence representing the builder so it is important that you have a realtor looking out for your interests.
  • Research, Research, Research: When you are making any substantial purchase it is essential to do your research. Look very closely into builders, their work and their references before signing any contracts to further work with any builder.  You will want to be sure that all of their licenses and insurance policies are up to date.  Ask questions about the sub-contractors that they hire and talk with homeowners who have recently had their homes built using the contractors you are considering.
  • Check out the fine print: A contract supplied by the builder which clearly work to only protect the builder and building company not the buyer. This is why it is crucial that you hire a real estate agent and lawyer to review the fine print of any and all contracts with the builder before signing on the dotted line. During each phase it is important to continue being represented.  Review all warranties offered so that you understand what they cover and what is not.
  • Hire a home inspector and proceed with a final walk through: Have the home inspected independently throughout the building process.  The pace builders are putting new construction homes together is gathering speed as the market increases.  Builders are human too and therefore subject to human error so to ensure that nothing is missed an independent set of eyes is helpful for you and the builder.  After the final inspection is done do an official walk through with the builder.  This is a great opportunity to point out both major and minor issues that need to be addressed before closing.  It is easier to address concerns before you are all moved in and settled.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

Helpful Tips For Buying A New Construction Home

Tips for Buying a New Construction Home

  • Use an independent real estate agent: Homeowners will want to bring their own representation to the table when buying a new construction home.  The sales representatives that are on hand work in representing the builder’s best interests in a new construction community.  It is in you r best interest to have someone that is looking out only for your best interest when negotiations.  This will help to ensure there is no conflict of interest when working out details of contracts, onsite inspections, and more.
  • A drop in the cost of building is rare instead ask for builder concessions: Builders rarely offer discounts.  They have set, established pricing and tend to strictly stick to these when negotiating contracts.  Instead if you are looking to get more for your money you can seek out a deal by looking to purchase a spec home or model.  These homes have been built to attract buyers and once they have served their purchase are often offered for sale at a slight discount over other homes in the neighborhood.  The drawback is that you will be buying the new construction home as is instead of getting to detail exactly what you desire.
  • Discuss the builder’s warranty: Warranties vary between builders.  Some builders will offer an extended warranty lasting up to ten years for structural issues but put shorter stipulations on wear items such as plumbing, electrical and so on.  Before signing the contract beware of what type of warranty is being offered.
  • Prepare for the unexpected: Occasionally suppliers discontinue materials.  Be prepared to have some of the finishing touches you have chosen to change a bit along the way.  Builders work diligently to prevent major changes from occurring however the unexpected can and does occur in new construction.
  • Require an independent inspection: A home inspector that is independent of the builder should be hired to do a final inspection once the builder has finished your home.  They will go over the various aspects of the home including: plumbing, electrical, roofing, crawl spaces, attic, insulation and so on and so forth.  This will allow and independent set of eyes to inspect the house thus allowing you to get these items repaired by the builder before closing on your new construction home.
  • Reap the benefits on move in day: The excitement of buying a new home is something that all buyers feel but purchasing new construction is even more thrilling. You will be the first person to use the appliances, take a bath in the tub and enjoy a relaxing day on the deck.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

Technology Is Changing The Home Improvement Industry

When it comes to new construction and home improvements today it is amazing how technology has changed the way professionals work.  Advances have made that make home building techniques of yesterday obsolete.  Homes are made with greener, more sustainable materials as well as being built to fit the way we live today.  Below you will find some of the most popular trends in new construction and home improvement.

As mentioned previously, homes today are built with more sustainable materials than ever before.  Home construction is all about environmental friendliness and green living.  Energy efficient elements are being included in new construction home designs all in an effort to reduce a homeowner’s footprint on the Earth.

Other ways homeowners are changing the construction industry while maintaining the environment is with the use of reclaimed wood.  The use of reclaimed wood is popular in flooring and for accents.  It is a terrific way for homeowners to combine rustic and contemporary styles in their homes.

Technology is being used throughout home design as well to account for the increase in homeowners needs to be connected through their smart phones and tablets.  This is largely developing in modern kitchens as the desire to enhance easy living for busy families on the go.  Smart appliances are also being integrated throughout homes in an effort to augment homes to match the changes in the family climate.

Open shelving throughout the home is another trend that is popular for 2016.  This includes open designs within kitchens and bathrooms as well as shelving throughout the living room and bedroom areas.  Open shelves allow homeowners the ability to showcase more aesthetically pleasing elements.

LED lighting along with the use of colors in lighting are both trends that contractors are seeing in new construction.  Colored lighting controlled by smart phones is a popular way that homeowners can control the ambience of the room without moving.  LED lights are being placed above showerheads to enhance the water stream and in kitchens above the cabinets to increase the visual appeal of the space.  These are all elements in the home improvement industry that are being altered because of advances in technology.

Trends in the home improvement industry are definitely nothing new to most professional contractors that are around today.  From shag orange carpet and plaid couches to refrigerators that allow you to shop directly from them contractors are used to being a part of ever changing trends in the way families interact within their homes.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.

Trends In Home Improvement and New Construction For 2016

It is amazing what a year does within industries like home improvement and new construction.  In an effort to keep up with changes contractors must stay ahead of the game to continue to inspire homeowners and grow their businesses.  Below are a number of trends that contractors are using to inspire homeowners projects for home improvements in 2016.

Out with the wallpaper of the nineties and shag carpet of the eighties and in with the bold accented walls.  The trend for 2016 is the use of bold accent walls; the use of colors and unique materials to accent one or two of the walls in a space is what is popular today.  Popular materials that homeowners are using include reclaimed barn wood, metal tiles, stone and combinations of natural, rustic materials and metals.  Fireplaces are also in on this trend.  Full wall fireplace surrounds are a must in new construction to allow for a central focal point.

Every year there are new colors that hit the market and are instant hits.  This year reports of pale pink and purple-blue are popular like the colored pegs in the popular board game Life.   As always white continues to be a staple and popular in 2016 as an accent color as well as for trim throughout the home.

Another trend that is prevalent in home renovations is open layouts verse closed up floor plans.  In primary locations such as the kitchen and living room are being updated.  Instead of being enclosed separate spaces contractors are creating open layouts that work to cohesion to one general space.  Contractors are making better use of the space homeowners have and are safely opening up walls and allowing for more functional joint spaces.

A trend in home improvement that is changing because of the way we are changing as a society is the addition of space in our own homes that is specifically designed for our aging parents.  More and more society is walking away from the idea of placing elderly parents into long term care facilities and instead allowing them to move in.  Project contractors are seeing range from adding wheelchair accessibility and small safety upgrades to adding additional space onto the home in the form of a suite.

Homeowners are always seeking renovations that will return money on their initial outlay in the form of increased equity in the home.  The most valuable renovations to homeowners will forever be within kitchens and bathrooms.  It is important in any improvement that you take into consideration the neighborhood that you live in.  Don’t over upgrade your home as this will only work to make your house seem overpriced to the market.  If your neighbors all have kitchens with laminate flooring and counter tops it is likely that more sophisticated upgrades will price your home over the subdivision average.

The main aspect of any home improvement project is to keep up with the ever changing trends while staying true to your own style.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.