We have helped many families buy and build new homes in the Clear Lake area and have experience working with Trendmaker Homes, Taylor Morrison Home Builders, DR Horton and Gehan Homes.
New Homes versus Resale Homes
If your debating buying or constructing a new home versus buying a resale home, there are many considerations. Price remains a priority, but we also consider the intangibles such as a Victorian architecture with large trees in an established neighborhood. New homes are new, there is no compromise in taste, tolerating damage, or use by previous owners.
New homes for sale cost more than resale homes, and can vary significantly from builder to builder on a case by case basis. Dollar for dollar, you might get 10-20% less home in materials or square footage than a resale home.
New homes are more energy efficient having the most stringent building codes and technology to regulate heating and cooling with minimum energy use.
You can negotiate a lower price on a resale home, however, home builders are much less likely to negotiate on price because they operate on a fixed cost basis for labor and materials.
New homes have a warranty, new appliances, HVAC, high efficiency wiring, sealant and insulation providing a layer of security and peace of mind.
Custom Homes versus Production Homes
Custom homes showcase personal taste for architecture, recreation such as a swimming pool with water falls, stone tiled veranda, or basement sports man cave. Home builders have in-house architects, home designers, interior designers and landscape artists, but you can use an independent source for any service.
Production homes offer a wide range of house plans, designs and material options but usually limited to chosen neighborhoods and based on several price level models. There are fewer decisions to make on a production home, less customization and usually the construction process completes in less time.
New Home Construction Benefits
You can create open floor plans, unique space, kitchens and baths that fit your custom needs, lighting, high ceilings and crafted views.
Behind the walls, the application of modern energy and safety standards that provide peace of mind. Doors and windows seamless enclosure, thick drywall, insulation and sealing for high efficiency heating and cooling. Energy Star certified new homes are 10-15% more energy efficient than homes built in 2010.
Home Builders in the Clear Lake Area
New homes, custom or production, come down to budgeting. Since you can not negotiate the price with home builders, we can make the deal much better by using limited promotions, upgrades, adding construction details or even use a preferred lender to lower closing costs. We have worked with Trendmaker Homes, Taylor Morrison Home Builders, DR Horton, Gehan Homes and know how to get the best deal for you.
The lot or land used for the new home should be evaluated by a license engineer before the design is approved, and identifying any local zoning requirements, inspections, ground type, power line easements, accessibility to water and sewage, septic and other.
Selecting materials is also very important, can vastly affect the budget, appeal and sale value of the new home. We will choose the materials wisely, adding the value of quality materials balanced against cost.
We recommend using a Realtor before choosing a home builder to guide you through the new home purchase and construction process. We’ll be happy to be your Realtor, guide you through the lot purchase, choosing the designer and builder, and all the way through completed construction and move-in.