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Design Your New Home with an Eye for the Environment

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 10.39.17 AMWhat ranks as the most important factor/s in your decision when buying or building a new home?

For some, it is finding the best value for their dollar. Others, meantime, want a residence that they and their family (if applicable) will feel safe and secure in. Still others want to live close to work and/or family, avoiding for what some folks is a tedious daily commute to work. There are also people who want a place that is not only a little more remote, but also gives back to the environment

In the event you are in the process of searching for a new place to call home, what are some factors that should go into this very important decision in your life and perhaps the lives of loved ones?

Do Your Research and Take Time

First and foremost, finding the right home is not something you do on a whim.

You have to figure that the home you choose will be just that, home for a number of years to come. Unless you’re someone who likes to and/or can afford to buy homes, fix them up, then turn around and sell them for a profit, your decision should involve careful planning.

Some of the factors to look at:

  • Who the seller and builder are – Even if you’re only planning on being in a particular residence for a few years, you want a home that is as free as possible of major maintenance issues. Whether you turn to home builders in Utah (if that’s where you’re residing or another such option), make sure you know the ins-and-outs of who built your home and who has it on the market;
  • Neighborhood notes – Whether you live by yourself or have a family, you should always learn as much as possible about your potential neighborhood. From the schools and businesses to the monthly crime rate, know the numbers before you sign on the dotted line to build and/or buy a home. While some communities are very forthcoming about such numbers, others can be a little bit more challenging to get. Drive around the neighborhood you’re thinking about living in to get a feel for the people, businesses etc. Even better, talk to more than one realtor; these people know the various neighborhoods almost as well as the residents themselves do;
  • Environmentally friendly – Last but not least, more and more Americans are looking to help the environment. This is true when it comes to building and maintaining homes. Maybe you’re choosing some scenic location in what is regarded as a relatively safe and prosperous state like Utah; perhaps you prefer to reside right in the heart of Chicago, New York or other large metropolis. Wherever you call home, you can help the environment by building and/or buying a home that is environmentally friendly. Things such as solar panels, more trees, windows that help keep out heat in the summer and let it in during winter; eco-friendly lighting, and more can not only help the environment, but also save you money in the long run.

If you’re ready to find that new home of your dreams or a residence that will be home for the time-being, have a keen eye for settling on the right one the first time around.

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