Ask the Expert: Top Tips for Building a New Home

Posted by Kerri-lyn Holland on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 7:36pm.

Whether it’s about feeling connected to the community or finding the best finishes to suit your style - building a new home is a great option if you’re looking for a turn key home that’s  perfectly tailored to your lifestyle. We’ve partnered with Daytona Homes to bring you a few top tips to keep in mind while embarking on the construction of your new home.

Choosing the Community

The neighbourhood where you choose to live and build your home is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make along the way - and one of the most important. It’s all about research. Consider what commute times will be like, what schools are in the area and if amenities that are important to you are close by. Daytona Homes Associate Sales Manager Tania Nash recommends finding a community you can feel truly connected to. “There are many builders out there but where you build is key,” says Nash. “Finding out where you truly want to be and comparing that location with your lifestyle will help.”

Involving a Realtor is also important. Jason Holland of Holland and Associates says, “A realtor will be able to offer insight on what other development is happening in the area and how that might affect the value of your property down the road.”

Selecting Your Builder

Word of mouth referrals can be a great place to start when selecting a builder. Do thorough research, read plenty of reviews and ask your Realtor before landing on a builder that best suits your needs. Building a new home is a long process and a big investment - you’ll want to ensure you find the right fit before shovels hit the ground. “Transparency from the beginning and throughout the build is so important,” says Nash. “Your Realtor will also be able to offer insight on whether or not the price point you’re paying is fair market value for the home,” says Holland.  

Picking your Plot

Before selecting your build site - consider your current lifestyle. If you travel often and work long hours maybe less is more when it comes to yard space and maintenance. If you’re bursting at the seams and the kids and pets need more room to roam - a larger corner lot might be your best bet. “It’s all about considering your lifestyle and picking something that will make you the most happy long term,” says Nash.

One of the bonuses to building new is that you can influence every stage of the build. “From flooring to faucets, one of the best parts of building is that you are fully involved in the process from beginning to end,” says Nash. “You have the opportunity to tailor your home to suit exactly what you’re looking for.”  It’s also important to consult your realtor before floor plan and finishing decisions are finalized. “A Realtor can ensure you’ll get great resale value on your property. Invest too heavily in expensive finishes and you may not recoup the investment,” says Holland. “A collaboration between the show home sales person and the Realtor will make the best combination for a buyer. The salesperson knows the builder’s products inside and out and the Realtor knows how that translates into investment strength.”

By connecting with the right people and making well informed choices  - walking through that door for the very first time on move-in day can be extremely rewarding. “Having a customer come into our showroom and find a home that meets their family’s needs now and ten years from now, is really rewarding for me,” says Nash. “Above all we want our buyers to have an exceptional experience. It’s a long process that can have its ups and downs and we want all of our clients to have fun and enjoy the ride.”

A big shoutout and thank you to Daytona Homes for participating. Founded in 1993, Daytona Homes has over 25 years experience in providing an exceptional customer experience throughout the exciting process of building a new home. For more information visit www.daytonahomes.ca

 

 

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