Moving into a new home can be an exciting time. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned homeowner, or adding on to your modular home, and need storage space during the renovation, the decision making can get overwhelming.
When it comes to selecting a new home, numerous factors should be considered before signing the dotted line and moving into a new home. Let’s consider five homebuilder insights to help you make informed decisions and ensure a smooth transition into your new abode.
1. Look For A Reputable Home Builder
Finding a reputable home builder is one of the most crucial aspects of buying a new home. So naturally, you want to work with someone with a track record of building quality homes and who is committed to customer satisfaction. Start by doing your research. Look for online reviews and ratings of the builder you’re considering. Check out what their clients are saying about them. Ask friends and family if they’ve had any experience with the builder.
Another way to find a reputable builder is to look for professional associations they belong to. For example, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade organization that represents the home-building industry. Builders who are members of the NAHB must meet specific criteria, such as adhering to a strict code of ethics and continuing education requirements. Look up a contractor’s license or Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) registration on the Contractors State License Board to verify their information and if they have had any complaints.
2. Take Note Of The Home’s Features And Functionality
When considering a new home, look beyond the aesthetics and evaluate its features and functionality. Features refer to the home’s physical characteristics, such as its layout, finishes, and appliances. Functionality refers to how well the house works for your needs.
Regarding features, look for energy-efficient appliances, adequate storage space, and innovative home technology. These features can help you save money on utility bills, organize your home, and simplify your life.
To evaluate the home’s functionality, take a walk-through of the house and test appliances and systems. For example, turn on faucets, open and close doors and windows, and flush toilets. Doing so can help you identify any issues before you move in.
3. Consider The Neighborhood And Location Before Moving into a New Home.
The neighborhood and location of your new home are just as important as the home itself. You want to ensure you’re moving into an area that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle.
When evaluating the neighborhood, consider proximity to schools, work and amenities. You’ll also want to research crime rates and safety in the area. Consider factors like commute times, access to public transportation, and the surrounding community. Finally, check out the quality of the school district if you have children or plan to have them in the future. If you’re moving to a new city or state, visit the local restaurants and markets before making your decision.
4. Understand The Home Warranty And Maintenance Requirements.
Before you move into your new home, it’s essential to understand the home warranty and maintenance requirements. A home warranty is a contract between you and the builder that covers certain repairs and replacements within a specified period. Understanding the warranty can help you plan for potential repairs and ensure you’re not caught off guard.
When reviewing the warranty, make sure you understand what is covered, the duration of the warranty, and any exclusions or limitations. You’ll also want to check any maintenance requirements and their costs. Create a maintenance schedule and stay organized to keep your new home in shape. Staying on top of tasks like changing air filters, cleaning gutters, cleaning pools, landscaping and inspecting appliances, can save you time and money in the long run.
5. Protect your new home by hiring a reputable moving company.
You’ve done your research, signed the papers and now you have the keys to your new home. Start off on the right foot in your home by hiring a professional moving company with years of proven excellence. Choosing a moving company with a great reputation is really the best way to protect your home and belongings. Learn what clients are saying about them on sites like the BBB, Yelp and Google. The movers you chose should have letters of recommendation, video testimonials, client reviews and awards showing a track record of excellent service. You should also verify that the moving company is licensed and insured by checking the United States Department of Transportation’s database.
These expert home builder insights will help you make well-informed decisions and ensure a seamless transition into your new home. Give us a call when you’re ready to move into your new home.
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Moriah West, Guest Contributor
Moriah is the head of sales at Next Modular. She has an extensive background in urban planning and 4 years of experience in modular home construction. Mixing her years of expertise with a passion for writing, she’s an expert in helping clients find the home of their dreams and contributing through content creation.