We have helped many families buy or build new homes in Kemah, Texas, and have local expertise working with Trendmaker Homes, Taylor Morrison Home Builders, DR Horton and Gehan Homes.

New Homes versus Resale Homes

If your debating buying or constructing a new home in Kemah versus buying a resale home, there are many considerations. Price remains the first priority, but we also consider the intangibles such as Victorian architecture with large trees in an established neighborhood. New homes are new, there is no compromise in taste or tolerating damage and use from the previous owners.

New homes for sale cost more than resale homes in Kemah, and can vary significantly from builder to builder on a case by case basis. Dollar for dollar, you might get 10-20 percent less home in materials or square footage than a resale home.

New homes are more energy efficient having the most stringent building codes and technology to regulate heating and cooling with minimum energy use.

You can negotiate a lower price on a resale home, however, home builders are much less likely to negotiate on price in Kemah, for now. Home builders operate on fixed cost basis for labor and materials.

New homes have a warranty which provides peace of mind. New appliances, HVAC, high efficiency wiring, sealant and insulation providing a layer of security.

Custom Homes versus Production Homes

Custom homes showcase personal taste for architecture, recreation such as swimming pool with water falls, stone tiled veranda, or basement sports man cave. Home builders have in-house architects, home designers, interior designers and landscape artists, but you can interchange with an independent source for these services as well.

Production homes offer a wide range of house plans, designs and material options but usually limited to chosen neighborhoods and based on several price level models. There are fewer decisions to make on a production home, less customization and usually the construction process completes in less time.

New Home Construction Benefits

You can create open floor plans, unique space, kitchens and baths that fit your custom needs, lighting, high ceilings and crafted views.

Behind the walls, the application of modern energy and safety standards that provide peace of mind. Doors and windows seamless enclosure, thick drywall, insulation and sealing for high efficiency heating and cooling. Energy Star certified new homes are 10-15% more energy efficient than homes built in 2010.

Home Builders

New homes in Kemah, custom or production, come down to budgeting. Since you can not negotiate the price with home builders, we can still make the deal much better by using limited promotions, upgrades, adding construction details or even use a preferred lender to lower closing costs. We have worked with Trendmaker Homes, Taylor Morrison Home Builders, DR Horton, Gehan Homes and know how to get the best deal for you.

The lot or land used for the new home should be evaluated by a license engineer before the design is approved, and identifying any local zoning requirements, inspections, ground type, power line easements, accessibility to water and sewage, septic and other.

Selecting materials is also very important, can vastly affect the budget, appeal and sale value of the new home. We will choose the materials wisely, adding the value of quality materials balanced against cost.

We recommend using a realtor for choosing a home builder and guiding you through the new home purchase and construction process, we’ll be happy to guide you through the lot purchase, choosing of a designer/builder and all the way through completed construction and move-in.

 

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