Written By: Amy Alexander, Sales and Marketing Director
Buying a home is often times the largest investment in one’s life and it is also very exciting. As the buyer, you have searched for months, years even, for the perfect place to call home. Many markets are seeing a surge of homebuilding and if you’re lucky enough to live in an area, like St. John, Indiana, where there is new construction being built, what’s stopping you from taking a look at how far your budget can get you, if you buy a new home versus buying an existing home?
Both my mother and my best friend are moving to new homes. There have been offers written, contracts accepted and homes inspected. Each time, the thorough home inspector prepares a laundry list of pictures and lists the items that need attention in the home. In the case of my friend, the said house was built in the late 80’s and this inspection shows tens of thousands of dollars worth of repairs--an over fused electrical circuit panel, foundation issues, and WATER damage. In the case of my mother, the home was much older, built in the late 60’s and much more maintained over years. The big inspection issue in this home was the entire HVAC system, not just the heating and air units, but the WHOLE system down to the ductwork needed to be replaced.
When my husband and I were looking for a home for our family we purchased a “short sale” “deal of the century” property. We were lucky to have been able to afford to renovate our home, which due to the type of sale was not in great condition. However, upon waving away our inspection, due to the nature of the home’s “as is condition” we were surprised to wake up, in the middle of the night to water streaming down from our ceiling--I’m not just talking a drip, but full on “honey, did you leave the water running in the bath” type of flow.
My point and the reason I bring these cases to the Sublime blog is not to get into a debate on the issues of older homes but to bring light to a discussion of the benefits of buying a new home because no one wants to wake up to water streaming down from the roof due to poor workmanship.
Here are my top three reasons why my next home / future home / dream home WILL be a new home.
1. Design your home around how you live:
I’m trying this new thing where I don’t wear shoes in my home. Have you read the articles and seen the videos on all the germs that come in to your home from your shoes? (I’ll leave that for another post) I am failing miserably but my husband and son excel at leaving their shoes in our entryway. Do you know what happens when you are a shoe collector like me and my family? Your entryway looks like the bargain room at a shoe store. We have no proper shoe storage or closet to store all our shoes. It’s awful. In my new home, I will have a proper mudroom with a designated walk-in shoe closet, and lots of drawers and cubbies for me to hide away shoes, boots, coats, hats, and gloves. Let’s face it we live in the Midwest and we have winters that last through April.
As a semi-custom and custom home builder, when you build with Sublime Homes we can modify ANY of our 10 semi-custom plans to work with your life or create a new plan if ours don’t seem to look just right. We’d even build you my dream shoe closet in your mudroom.
2. Price vs. Cost:
Why would I want to buy someone else's problems? The squeaky floorboards? The wood paneling on the walls? The outdated kitchen and bathrooms? That existing home might be the best price, right size and in the perfect school district but have you thought about how much money it will take you to remove those design features that the previous owner loved? While a lower priced home may seem more attractive at first, you must keep in mind that this is not the final cost of the home. Two summers ago, we paid $5500 to replace our air conditioning units when they decided to conk out on the hottest days of the summer. I’d happily provide you a long list of things I can dream about what to spend $5500 out of pocket on and let me tell you new air conditioning units are NOT at the top of my list.
Homeownership is expensive and you certainly should have a proper savings to afford unexpected issues--however, a newly built home has its advantages. Maintenance is minimal, compared to the unexpected costs of a buying a new roof, fixing a broken water heater or a buying new air conditioning unit while paying out of pocket for them. Many things like landscaping, for example, can be factored into your monthly budget and your mortgage. In most cases, while the price is lower on existing homes the overall cost tends to be higher over time. Are you looking for a fixer upper or do you want the perfect home for your needs? While I LOVE the show “Fixer Upper”, I personally would rather start fresh with my own plans and design ideas than try to fit my needs into an existing home. Where would I find the room for a walk in shoe closet in someone else’s home?
3. Energy Efficiency:
One of our current homeowners came to us recently and told us, that the home Sublime Homes built for them was so tight, they could have spent more money on upgrades for the house as they have saved money each month due to lower electric and gas bills. In my current home, I literally can watch my energy efficiency go out the window. Sublime Homes’ are built so efficient and one of the greatest features of a new energy efficient home is the cost savings. While your monthly mortgage payment may be fixed, the cost to provide energy to your home will rise over time. With every home we build, we hire a company to complete a blower door test to measure air leakage in the home. We also install Nest thermostats as a standard to control the heat and air conditioning system. Rest assured we do everything we can to build the tightest and most efficient home possible to pass along the monthly savings to you.
On the fence about buying a new home vs a existing home? Contact me, Amy Alexander, the Sales and Marketing director for Sublime Homes to discuss our process and why buying new may be the best option for you. firstname.lastname@example.org || 219-300-1779
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Written By: Amy Alexander, Sales and Marketing Director
I was on a call the other day with a prospective client for about an hour. He came in as a lead almost a year ago. In this industry, a year or so of lead time is common as buyers start shopping early. Many are trying to get a feel for what’s in the market and what they can afford given their budget. This is especially true given the current trend we are seeing of many buyers making the choice to relocate from Illinois to Indiana to save on their property taxes. More often than not, buyers just want the reassurance that they can afford to buy new. For some it ends up becoming a reality, and for many others, they decide that they don’t have the time to wait for their new home to be built (6-7 months), so they move on to a used home. Nevertheless, many home shoppers know they want to move but they are often waiting for something like a life moment to happen to actually sign the contract.
This prospect, that I mentioned earlier, called me and we had a nice conversation. It was one of those great calls where I was mostly listening while the prospect was doing the talking. He was asking all the right “buying” questions. Then he asked the question that typically comes up in one form or another, “why are you better than the other builders in the area, as I’ve been speaking to other builders and I want to know why I should build or buy from you?” I dislike answering this question as it puts me on the spot for me to bad-mouth another builder, which I will never do, but often believe this is what that shopper wants to hear. I start to talk about how we are different from other builders in the market. I discuss our small but mighty team, our communication process internally with our team and with our clients, the trade companies that we strategically and consistently partner with to ensure the high level of product we require as well as our sublime standards. Not too long ago we completed a house in the Preserve for a family and the owner shared with us one of the reasons they decided to work with Sublime Homes to build their home, was because the products and craftsmanship that go into each home and that our sublime standards, are other builders upgrades. My conversation with my prospect and the testimonial of my homeowner got me thinking. I really need a better way to showcase our sublime standards.
There are so many different moving parts that go into the design, build and construction of a home that I’d be listing for days and your head would start to spin. I hope that this list that I’ve put together of our most commonly asked about standards is a good place to start. From there, if we’ve peaked your interest enough from our model, images and of course our standards, I’d love to educate you more on the building process and set you up to meet with our builder, Michael Graniczny and our amazing team. Like my friend (lead) from earlier in my post, I welcome the opportunity to speak with you even if it's only a couple of minutes--even better if it ends up being an hour!
If you've had the opportunity to speak with me, you'll know I live for chatting! If you haven't yet called in, I welcome the opportunity to speak with you. 219-228-2280 X1 or send me an email email@example.com
When building homes for our wonderful families we strive to continue to build and use innovative products that continue to make the homes we build as energy efficient as possible. It’s in our values that we use products that are energy efficient and save our homeowners money. That’s why, we now include NEST Thermostats as a standard in our homes.
Have you had an opportunity to view the NEST learning thermostat? According to Nest, “It learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and connects to your phone. It has a big, sharp display. And it’s proven to help save energy. In independent studies, the Nest Thermostat saved an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. We’ve estimated average savings of $131 to $145 a year.”
Spend a few minutes learning about how the product works and watch a short video to see how the NEST thermostat looks and works with your family in mind.
You’ve found your dream home, you’ve checked the price, it’s in the budget. You call the home builder to set an appointment, come in for the appointment only to learn that your dream home is suddenly out of reach with all the “upgrades” that you’d like to have in your new home. You ask yourself… “there has to be a better way to shop for a home and to know up front what the house is going to cost.” There are always going to be some extras, but overall—you want to know that above the price of the lot, it will cost $X price to build my dream home.
Sublime Homes has made home shopping easy in NW Indiana. Many of our homeowners will tell you that the Sublime Homes' standards are upgrades for the rest of the builders in the area. With energy efficient, top of the line, 400 series windows from Andersen, the high-grade allowance for quartz, granite and marble countertops, built to suit custom cabinetry with artesian finishes, pro stainless steel appliances including a 19 Cu. Ft All Refrigerator and Freezer all as standards in our homes. We are proud to be able to create a beautiful, quality home at what we call our base price.
What does your sublime home come with? Below are ten standards that you can anticipate in your dream home.
We invite you to explore our website and reach out to our team to set up a showing because we want to show you what living in a Sublime home is all about. What are some of your must haves in your dream home? Comment below.
Dream it. Build it. Love it.
Author: The Sublime Team