ILLINOIS/ WISCONSIN – February 23, 2023– With the spring home buying market in full swing, home shoppers often consider both new and resale homes before making their home purchase. So, what are the benefits of new home construction?
According to Zillow.com, the benefits of new construction include modern and customizable floor plans, personal finishes, energy-efficiency, smart and healthy technology, lower overall maintenance, builder warranties and new lifestyle-oriented communities that often include parks, pools, walking paths and community spaces that are close to schools and transit.
“One of the most significant benefits of new construction is that everything is new,” said Anna Harmon, Director of marketing and public relations for Shodeen Homes. “Our homes offer the latest design features such as gourmet island kitchens, open great rooms, first-floor master bedroom suites, three-car garages and volume ceilings. Another benefit of building new vs used is the ability to personalize your home and select what you want in flooring, cabinets, exterior brick or siding, lighting and plumbing fixtures, countertops and much more. It’s a nice perk to have your home reflect your style on move-in day, verses an often long, expensive and restricting renovation project. New construction benefits such as energy-efficiency, a new home warranty and compliance to recent building codes are often overlooked but very important when weighing new versus resale.”
Shodeen Homes is currently building new ranch and two-story homes at Elburn Station in Elburn, Norton Lake in Campton Hills, Reston Ponds and Heron Creek in Sycamore as well as at Stone Ridge, The Woods of Stone Ridge and Edgewood Vistas in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
“On average, new homes are 30% more than homes built ten years ago,” said Lantz Rakow, President of D&H Energy Management Company. “Shodeen homes are even more efficient than the average new home with a projected HERS Index of 60 making them about 40% more energy efficient than a home built 10 years ago.”
According to Rakow, a projected HERS Index is given to all Shodeen homes. The lower the HERS Index the better the homes energy efficiency.
Features that contribute to a better HERS score include energy efficient windows, insulation, spray foam and energy-efficient furnaces, water heaters and appliances.
“We test all Shodeen houses for air infiltration. Their use of spray foam in rim joists and detailed air sealing of the home’s enclosure has contributed to a home built to operate for less money. An energy-efficient new home costs its owners a lot less to operate. While buyers may be able to save money on the front end by purchasing an older home, the monthly savings is lost when paying higher utility bills.”
In addition to the energy savings of a new home, new home warranties are often more comprehensive than the standard one-year limited warranty that buyers often purchase or negotiate when acquiring a used home.
“Shodeen includes a 1, 5 and 10 year warranty on all of our homes,” Harmon said. “The first year is a comprehensive home warranty and we follow up with home owners at 30 days and 11 months after move-in to make sure any warranty issues are addressed. The home is also insured for five years for water penetration in the foundation and for 10 years on major structural elements.”
In addition to the peace of mind provided by a new home warranty, new construction adheres with today’s most recent building codes.
New homes are up to the most current village codes and standards and undergo an inspection process while being built. Wiring, smoke detectors, plumbing, air quality systems and more must conform to the most recent codes.
“Home shoppers are often under the misconception that building a new home is a lengthy process,” Harmon said. “While it is true that building from the ground up can take six months or more, we also have homes in a variety of styles and locations at various construction stages for buyers to choose from. So, if you want the benefits of new home construction without the wait, there is a Shodeen home that can accommodate your needs.”
Shodeen communities also offer a variety of amenities such as Elburn Station, which features a 20-acre park, and is within walking distance of the Metra Station and downtown Elburn. Norton Lake in Campton Hills boast a 10-acre lake, walking paths and is within walking distance of Bell Graham Elementary School, part of St Charles District #303. Reston Ponds is just blocks from downtown Sycamore and features six ponds, 15-acres of parks and is minutes from the I-88 business corridor. Stone Ridge, The Woods of Stone Ridge and Edgewood Vistas feature walking paths and are less than one mile from downtown Lake Geneva, Geneva Lake, its 21-mile shore path and its bountiful recreational opportunities.
To learn more about building a new Shodeen home or about ranch and two-story homes for quick move-in, visit www.shodeenhomes.com or call (630) 232-8181.
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