Few things are more exciting than shopping for a new home. Taking the family along to explore all the options that are out there, visiting model homes then re-visiting your favorites, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the designs and interiors, discovering the surrounding neighborhoods – it’s all very fun stuff. And we’re not just saying that because we’re a new home builder.
Because we know it’s a time when you’re making big plans for your future and all the excitement and sorta-scary part of the unknown is running through your head. What new people will you meet? Where will your kids to go school and what friendships will they make there? You’ll talk it over, search online, find decorating ideas you love, and finally, in your mind you have the image of “The Perfect Home” for you. This is your chance to create a happy, beautiful and solid base, where family is the most important thing – and even better, you just love waking up there every single day.
So if you’re just getting started on this journey, or might even be in the middle of it right now – we wanted to offer you some pointers on things you’ll want to remember while you search for the home that speaks just to you.
1. Location. (Location. Location.) You’ve heard it before – you’ll hear it again. But these days, it’s got a bit of a different meaning – because in real estate parlance, that used to imply finding a location that will re-sell easily. Today, it’s becoming more and more common for people to live longer in their homes, and why not? When you invest time, money and energy into making it just the way you want it – what’s the point if you’re just going to leave? Remember, your property doesn’t exist in a bubble – it’s part of a larger community that you will interact with daily. So when you’re thinking about “location” – consider how it fits into your lifestyle. Are good schools important to you? Do you want to be near parks or open spaces? Close to shopping, entertainment, and restaurants? Is easy highway access important for your work? Each family is unique in their wants and needs, so be sure to evaluate what matters most to you.
2. A Quality Builder. Do your homework about the quality of the home you buy, because it certainly won’t be the perfect home if you can’t rely on its construction integrity and know that you have a builder who stands behind their work. Look at the track record of your builder, and for that matter – sit down with that builder and ask them your questions face-to-face. We encourage that behavior, because Harmony Homes been building new homes in Las Vegas for years, and our reputation is what we consider our most important asset. We pride ourselves on providing a premium experience for each and every buyer – from the first time you visit one of our communities, to close of escrow and the service experience beyond.
3. Value and Price. Actually, those are two completely different things – but as each will affect your pocketbook, you should consider both in your search. And while it’s great fun to look at million-dollar model homes, they’re not for everyone. So choosing the right price range for your budget is important for your family’s financial security. Don’t overextend so you can’t personalize your home the way you imagine. (You don’t want to just hope for that new furniture after you move into your new home – you want to be able to buy it, too!). But value comes into play when you’re looking at what you’ll receive for the price you pay. Pay close attention to the features that are included in your home, and those for which you’ll need to pay extra. (By the way, we’re not too shy to say that Harmony Homes include a great list of standard features that our buyers have come to expect from us. So make sure we’re on your ‘shopping list’ when you’re looking at new homes!)
4. Design, Square Footage, and Lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a single-level home or a two-story design – there are probably certain features you already have in mind. (“Honey, we want the kids’ rooms on the other side of the house from ours!”) We all bring with us past experiences – some we love, some we really want to change. So take that knowledge and determine what order your priorities are. Do you just want more room (and rooms) to provide you with private space? Focus on square footage and floorplans. Are you hoping for something a little more stylish than your current home? Ask your builder about personalizing opportunities. Some things are just more important to you than others, so take the time to identify what those items are.
At Harmony Homes, we’ve been there ourselves. (After all, we live in Las Vegas, too!) That’s why when we create a new neighborhood, we’re doing it for the people who are our neighbors. So we pay attention to every detail. From the location and surrounding area, to the architectural style and floorplans, and right down to the doorknobs and the faucets – every decision we make is based on knowing how today’s families want to live and experience their home environment. Because that is, after all the most important part: It’s Home.