Moving to a new home requires effort to figure out the best move for you and your family. How do you know where to start? Call The Bergamini Group at 928-237-4400, or visit everythingprescott.com and let us help you know all the available options on the market. When taking a drive through Prescott, Prescott Valley or Chino Valley, here are a few ideas to keep in mind to help direct you in what your inner self is desiring in your next home.
If you find yourself :
- Detour through mature neighborhoods on a regular basis, and
- Avidly follow home-improvement shows on the cable stations, or
- Look for open house signs on the weekends in your favorite neighborhoods
You’re probably a candidate for a pre-owned home.
When you buy a previously owned home, your priority often is the maturity of the trees and landscaping, permanence of the area, the size of the lot. Or in the case of a family, the nearby schools, proximity to town, and other intangibles that come from the community. Existing homes often have a lower price tag and an established feeling of neighborhood. Many here in the Prescott area have the charm of older architectural elements or quality views.
Of course, with an older home you may have to make updates to appliances, flooring and roofing sooner than with a new home, but you can adjust the style to your own taste. You can also request a home warranty from the seller as part of your purchase negotiation. Your real estate professional at The Bergamini Group can help with the details of inspections and warranties and get you settled in a new home quickly.
You’ll find conflicting information on whether new homes are larger than older homes, and vice versa for the same dollars. The trend at the beginning of this century certainly was toward larger homes, but in recent years buyers seeking energy efficiency or homes nearer to their work, restaurants and downtown are opting for the smaller existing homes in neighborhoods meeting those requirements.
Now if you find yourself :
- Lured by the shiny new home in the brochure and it calls to you, or
- Pass by the fluttering flags of a new sub-division, and your car automatically turns in, or
- A walk through model homes every weekend is your idea of relaxation
You may be in the market for a new-built house.
After all, when the house is new, you can specify some of the materials, fixtures or appliances. Keep in mind these can often be an upgrade in price but does allow you to personalize your future home. You can be assured that the home meets current energy-efficiency standards; and, you know that no one has lived there before you with their three dogs and a host of other pets. In addition, newly built homes come with a warranty. Some new home warranties offer protection for costly components such as heating and air-conditioning units and appliances for as many as ten years.
In fact, the advantages for customization and participating in the design choices may be a great part of the draw for you. Surveys show that nearly twice as many people in the process of looking for a home, prefer a new home. The “work” is done for you … there’s no donning of painter’s clothes or trips to home-improvement stores for replacement fixtures. The downfall for some may be the time factor of a new build. A new home can take a period of many months to build and be ready for an official move in date for you.
Whether your drawn to the complete customization that a remodel or re-design of an existing home offers you, the sheer excitement of taking something old and remaking it into your perfect vision. Or a new build with that “new home smell” having chosen fixtures, flooring and other elements by you from the beginning, The Bergamini Group can help you find the right home.
Before you decide which is best for you, let your real estate professional show you the homes available in both categories — existing pre-owned or new-built, or even recently built (within the last five years) — so that you can make a truly informed decision. Visit our websites everythingprescott.com, and for new home builds, newhomesinprescottaz.com and contact us at 928-237-4400 for any questions and help.
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