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Posted by Judy Moore on 1/16/2022

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When it comes to your new home, you have quite a few heavy options to consider. One such option for consideration is, "do you buy a pre-existing home or build your perfect house from scratch?" While finding your perfect pre-existing home is possible, building one from the ground up can offer certain benefits. Here are a few of those benefits for those considering new construction.

1. Know the Entire History of Your Home

If you choose to build your home from scratch, you have the advantage of knowing exactly what the house has been through. This goes both for the stories of who has lived in the home and what the house itself has gone through.

When you purchase a home thatís already built, gaining access to its history is standard. The process normally includes having the buyer fill out a questionnaire that details what they know about the house, reviewing surveys and deeds for the house and conducting a home inspection.

But even with these steps, you may not learn everything there is to know about the property. You'll be able to talk about most major points, but the minor details that could add to your home's history could be lost.

2. Avoid Potential Mold or Mildew Issues

While mold and mildew can be detected and completely treated in pre-existing houses, it's a lot easier to keep tabs on it with a new construction home. You'll be able to construct your home with mold-resistant materials such as mold-resistant drywall, stucco, wood or even carpet. You'll also have a personal understanding of the materials that will work best for your household. This could be highly beneficial if someone has an intolerance to certain building materials or mold-inhibiting solutions used during the construction process.

3. Design the House to Your Liking

The biggest benefit of building your own new house is that you get to design it. From the size and floor plan to the landscaping and interior finishes, you have a say over virtually every aspect of the house. While there are parameters to stay within, you can tweak and customize to make the home truly unique to you. When purchasing an existing house, you might plan on redecorating or remodeling part of the home. Even with these plans, it can be difficult to restructure the entire house to meet your customizations.

If youíre in the market for a new home and considering the different options that are available, give thought to building a new home. It comes with significant advantages and may be more doable than you realize. 

Posted by Judy Moore on 12/26/2021

When finding a home, everyone has their unique set of priorities. If physical fitness is on your list of lifestyle must-haves, you might be in the market for a home to support that. This could be through home gyms, outdoor features and proximity to parks and fitness centers. However, besides searching for features like Olympic-sized swimming pools, it's not always clear how to find a home that offers fitness benefits. Here are some tips to help you in your home search to get the best fitness benefits:

Pedestrian & Bike-Friendly Neighborhoods

When searching for a home with fitness benefits, consider the characteristics of the neighborhood. Streets with well-maintained sidewalks and ample bike lanes will make it safer and easier to enjoy the outdoors. Check for well-lit pathways and whether other residents are actively spending time outside. These are all signs of a neighborhood that will encourage physical fitness.

Availability of services and non-residential features is another facet to consider in your search. If your new home is close to conveniences like grocery stores and restaurants, it can help encourage an active lifestyle while avoiding traffic. Choosing a home near favorite destinations makes it easier to reach them without driving or getting a ride, which is just another bonus to an active lifestyle.

Bonus Rooms, Basements & Attics

A big backyard isn't the only home feature that offers fitness benefits. A home with extra indoor space can serve many purposes including a home gym. Search for homes with basements, attics and extra bedrooms. Instead of using that space only for storage, use it for fitness equipment or a quiet space to focus on exercise. Having a dedicated place in the home devoted to fitness will help you focus and get the absolute best out of every square foot.

These are just a few ways to identify homes with fitness benefits. Keeping these things in mind during your home search will help you find the perfect home to match your lifestyle.

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