Monday April 6, 2015
Finding your perfect home can be a real challenge, especially if you are working within a small budget or if you and your significant other disagree upon what is important in your home. When looking to purchase a home, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or you are experienced at buying a home, it might be worth it to consider a new home in Tulare for these four reasons.
Repairs and Remodels
New homes save you a lot of money in repairs as well as remodeling costs. According to Start Fresh. Buy New., the average cost of a bathroom remodel is $16,552; a kitchen remodel costs an average of $58,367; and a family room addition costs on average $83,118. Those three changes to a home already have you spending over $150,000 if you purchase a used home which is not updated. Add in things like a deck addition or a bedroom remodel, and you could easily be spending over $200,000 just to bring your newly purchased but previously owned home up-to-date. Many of our homes cost about that same amount, and they will not require any upgrades or additions.
If you buy a used home, chances are you are going to have to make some repairs to it before long. Although they might be small things like a leaky faucet or repairing small holes in the wall, these small repairs add up quickly. According to the Cost-Savings Calculator on the Start Fresh. Buy New. website, a $200,000 2,000 square foot home built in 2000 which has two occupants would cost roughly $2,400 and forty-six hours per year in repairs. If that same house were ten years older than that, it would cost roughly another $800 and an extra hour in repairs. A bigger or older home is going to cost even more in repairs.
Homes being built today are more energy-efficient than homes built five, ten, or fifteen years ago. Buying a new home can save you several hundred and sometimes even several thousand dollars in utility costs annually compared to an older home. Of course, you can always install more energy-efficient features in your older home, but that is still going to be another added upfront cost, and you still probably won’t get quite the same level of energy-efficiency that you would get with a new home.
Older homes are never quite as fresh and clean as newer homes. Older homes may have mold. They may have cabinets with stains. They may have carpets which are never completely clean, not from lack of cleaning on the previous owner’s part but simply because of the wear-and-tear associated with a home which was built several years ago. Even just the overall air quality is better in a new home versus an older home. Cleanliness of a home can particularly be an issue if someone in your household suffers from allergies related to dust or other air particles.
Tulare is conveniently located in Central California. No matter which direction you want to head in the state, getting there will only take a few hours at the most. Fresno is located 45 miles to the north, and Bakersfield is only 60 miles to the south. Whether you like the mountains or the beach, both are an easy daytrip from Tulare. Many of California’s major cities including Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco are less than 200 miles away. In this way, you can enjoy visiting California’s larger cities while living in a smaller town.
If a new home in Tulare, California sounds like a great idea for you, contact us. We have a variety of homes in various stages of construction. Some are ready for their first owner right away while others will be ready in the next few months.