As a builder, Ron Lee Homes typically sells homes that are higher both in square footage in price range, but no builder is complete unless he / she considers all of the people for which we may be able to build a new home. Homeownership has to begin for most Americans at some point, and the market for brand new home buyers is called the first time home buyer. Building in St. Tammany Parish for over 20 years, Ron Lee Homes spent a lot of the first 10 years of our business building charming and unique, smaller square footage homes for first time home buyers. A wonderful article clearly explains the types of strategies that all builders need to implement when they are providing inventory for the first time home buyer. Use these ideas and strategies when you are shopping your new home builder.
1. As a new home buyer, you should definitely shop for builders who are wise about their land choices. Building a new home further out or in an established neighborhood will help you with the cost of your lot. Because your new home purchase doesn’t just include the four walls of your home, you will need to shop lot and land costs in your local area for the best value in a safe subdivision or community.
2. Even if your home is a scaled-down version of the fully custom home that you want to build for yourself someday, the appearance of your new home doesn’t have to be scaled down. Builders can enhance the attractiveness of a smaller more economically priced home by increasing the home’s curb appeal. Curb appeal is the way a home looks from the curb – landscaping, sodded front yard, brick or stone accents on the front of the home, a concrete driveway / sidewalk, or even an attractive front porch can add to the beauty and buyer interest of the home.
3. It’s all about your floorplan. Even a 1,200 – 1,300 square foot home can be made to look and feel larger because of the type of floorplan that a builder builds. Open spaces, such as a continuous kitchen to living room to dining room layout will make the home “breath,” as well as let in a lot of light.
4. Remarkably, building using green builder techniques can save the builder money as well as offer cost savings to home buyers. If builders look into green building techniques which save time as well as materials costs, they can then offer the end user – you, the buyer, savings on electricity bills, which will make the new home more “sellable” and attractive.
5. Accessories, accessories, accessories – nothing can have more emphasis than the right accessories. Simple trimmings for a first-time home buyer home, such as light dimmers, vaulted and/or treyed ceilings, frosted shower or cabinet doors, and built-in shelfs or small bookshelves can be added for low cost but add an aesthetic value to the home for the new home buyer.
6. While a builder wants to offer every buyer the amazing experience of being a part of the building process, builders can save money and save buyers a headache by offering important, yet limited design choices. Buyers want to feel engaged by their builder, but if they are purchasing a new home for the first time, they may become overwhelmed by all of the choices that go into designing the new home. Possibly keep choices to just flooring type, countertop color / design, and cabinet colors / styles, using a neutral yet warm and inviting wall color with contrasting trim throughout the home.
7. When you are interviewing your new home builder, try to find out who will actually be working on the building of your new home. Good builders will have quality, experienced leadership staff as well as vendors with whom they have had ongoing and reliable relationships for many years. As a builder, you want to make sure you can cut your costs as low as possible, but you don’t want the “cost-cutting” builder who gets new estimates from any and every sub around every time he builds a home. The quality of the work may suffer in order to cut $100 – $1,000 here and there.
We hope these tips have been helpful. Ron Lee Homes does build new homes that are a little larger in square footage and price, so we would love to offer our services to those first-time home buyers that are ready to move into or build their 2nd or even 3rd home. Please contact us at 985-626-7619 or E-mail Info@RonLeeHomes.com for any information you may need.