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The Benefits of Building A New Home

August 28, 2019 in Building Materials, Design, Tips and Ideas

You’ve come to a big decision: should I build a new home or buy a pre-existing one? And wisely, you’ve decided to get informed before you make your choice. There are plenty of ways a new home can help you save time and money both now and in the long run. Here are the benefits of building a new home:

Money-Saving

By building from scratch, you’ll have a better idea of how much you’re spending. A pre-existing home comes with potentially unknown and costly conditions. Buying isn’t always less expensive than building, and vice versa. However, through building, you’ll save in less maintenance and fewer repairs over time.

Ideal Space

Many homeowners move into their existing home only to find the outlets aren’t convenient, or there isn’t space for that bathroom upgrade. Building a home lets you customize before the move to save renovation time in the long run. We have a variety of options to add a personal touch to your home. Interested in a four season room? USB outlets for phone charging? If you’re struggling to find a house that has what you want, you have the power to create what you want!

Energy Efficient

It’s much easier to go green when you start from scratch, rather than upgrading an existing home. You will save money from day 1 by having a well insulated home with new insulated windows, energy-saving appliances, or other green technology right from the get go. This sets you up for bigger savings over time while knowing you did your part for the planet.

Higher Equity

A newer structure has a higher chance of building better equity over time. A fresh, unscratched home will do excellent on the market than an aging one. A new home is a wise investment that could really pay off in the future.

At the end of the day, the benefits of building a new home ensure the space you want and will save you money in the long run. And it’s more affordable than you think! If you’re interested in learning more about a new construction home, see our floorplans or make an appointment to see one of our model homes for yourself today.

Mistakes Homebuyers Make When Building a Home

August 21, 2019 in Design, Real Estate, Tips and Ideas


The process of building a home can sweep you up into a whirlwind of all sorts of possibilities. Designing fun layouts, choosing colors or unique structures are all a great part of the process. While building a home is absolutely rewarding, it’s important to keep a good head on your shoulders. Be aware of these common building mistakes as you begin the building process.

Building Too Big or Too Small

A brand new home is one you will be able to enjoy for years to come. In the same way, think about what your life will look like 10-15 years down the line. Will you need more bedrooms or will you be looking to downsize? While it may seem easier to build bigger as a precaution, be aware of the upkeep of maintaining a larger home. Will you really need a home office if you don’t work at home? Put extra care into choosing a home size that works for you, now and in the future.

Not Managing Your Mortgage

You may be excited about that last-minute upgrade, but how will it affect the cost of your home? Adjusting the price of your home can make you mortgage more or less difficult to handle over the next 15-30 years. Additionally, any other big purchases made during the construction process (like that new furniture set you’re eyeing) can impact your mortgage eligibility. Ideally, they’re looking for an income-to-debt ratio of under 43%. ​So even if you think you can afford something, your mortgage company may disagree.

Not Prioritizing Amenities

Some buyers want the best of the best, while others are looking to save money. The ideal route when building is to fall somewhere in the middle. Pick just a few amenities that really matter to you, like awesome hardwood floors or a gas stove, and poor your heart into them. You can always update others later.

Not Paying Attention to Resale Value

Everyone wants a home that’s unique to them, and building a home really lets you make something that’s yours. But be aware of how your layout will appeal to potential buyers down the road. Quirks are great, but your home should still be functional. Before you start building, make sure your home still appeals to the eyes of potential buyers.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to go forward and build with confidence. To answer more of your questions, ​contact us​ or learn more ​about​ our company.

Why Building Makes Sense At Any Age

August 14, 2019 in Building Materials, Design, Real Estate

Think of your dream home. Picture every detail, from the groomed lawn and the ideal porch, to what lies behind the front door. Believe it or not, that dream home could become a reality. You can build it!

Building a home is the ideal solution for both you and your finances. It means creating something in your price range with every feature you want, and nothing you don’t. Regardless of your age or experience, building a home is a smart choice that can save you time and money.

First-Time Buyers

  • Stress Free.  When buying a pre-existing home, you can never fully know what you’re getting into. Damage in the pipes or foundation can cost thousands to repair, and put your life on hold to fix them. When you’re inexperienced in home repair, investing in a new home is the ultimate peace of mind. Maplewood’s trusted master builders are here to walk you through the entire process. You can create a brand new structure, free from the wear and tear of older homes.
  • Great Investment.  Buyers want a home that appreciates, or goes up in value over time. However, how much or little that happens depends on a multitude of factors, such as the quality of the structure, the neighborhood and house features. Coincidentally, newer homes tend to be of higher quality than older homes. With the security of a high-quality home, you should be confident in your investment for many years to come. And with Maplewood, you can afford to make this investment!

 

Small Families

  • The Perfect Fit.  If you’re ready to start expanding your family, it can be difficult to find a home that accommodates all its members and their needs. Regardless of the size of your family, building a home means creating enough rooms with all the features your kids will love. Need a bigger yard? Want the kids to have their own bathroom? With a new home, you have the ability to have it all.
  • Money-Saving.  With Maplewood, building your own space can actually be less expensive than buying a home of the same size – especially in the long run. All your appliances and features will be brand new, so you won’t need to worry about repairs for quite some time. When you build, the money only goes where you want it to go. It makes sense. You save yourself from paying for a swimming pool when you’d rather have a finished basement. The combined customization and lack of upkeep makes a brand-new home a wise decision.

 

Retirees

  • A Final Place to Call Your Own.  If retirement is in the near future, building a house is a great opportunity to make your last home your best home. You can downsize while still owning something new, with the features you’ve always wanted plus the ability to add your personal touch. There are several floorplans to choose from and customizations we can provide. Starting from scratch allows you the time to create a structure that’s truly yours.
  • Care-Free.  Building a new home means low maintenance, so you can enjoy the things you love to do instead of worrying about repairs. You can also enjoy peace of mind knowing you won’t have any hidden costs or surprises that often come with an older home. In other words, building is easy on you and your budget!

Whether you’re first-time home buyers who didn’t realize you could afford to build, a growing family looking to move up from a starter home, or you’re retired and want to make one last move, Maplewood Homes can affordably build the house of your dreams! Take a look at our floorplans or available homes to see for yourself how you can open new doors.

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