With so many options to choose from, selecting a new home model can take time. Whether you’ve decided to build a new home from scratch or purchase one of our models, it’s important to understand the difference between your wants and needs. At S. S. Steele Homes, our team of professionals can help you decide on the necessary features for your next dream home to ensure your satisfaction for years to come.
Make A List
Save time before you begin your hunt by creating a checklist of must-haves and wants. Must-haves may include a specific number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the style you’re looking for or whether or not you have a basement. The must-have items are the nonnegotiable things you require to be happy with your home, also considered deal-breakers.
Make another list of your wants. This might include a mud room, granite countertops, or stainless appliances. Wants are optional features that include things you want but can live without. Finally, consider a final list of items that aren’t important. This includes items that are irrelevant to you. For example, if you work at home, the commute time to the city would not be a deciding factor.
Everyone has a good idea of what their perfect home looks like, but if you aren’t sure of the quality of the materials or are undecided on a specific style, our team of professionals can help. The materials on the exterior of the home take a beating from the elements, so it’s important to select an option that will last. Exteriors range from adobe and brick to wood and vinyl siding, and all come in an array of colors.
Style Of Home
The exterior of your home is what gives it curb appeal. Knowing what style of home you’re looking for can help us narrow down your choices. Cape Cod homes feature the popular dormer windows, while colonial homes feature two or three stories, fireplaces and brick, and wooden facades. At S. S. Steele Homes, we have a selection of model homes to help you choose the best design for your needs. We can also take an existing blueprint model and redesign it to work around your vision.
Knowing Your Budget
Once you’ve decided on the differences between what you need and want, you need to consider the budget you have to work with. In most cases, it helps to get a preapproval from the bank to see exactly how much money the lender is willing to let you borrow for your new home. Items that can affect your new home purchase price include the location of the property, square footage of the home, and added amenities. To cut costs, consider purchasing the basement or bonus room unfinished. You can always go back and finish the rooms later to add value to the resell cost of the property.
If you are in the market for a new home model and are ready to speak to a professional builder, contact S. S. Steele Homes in Pensacola, Florida, at 850-477-7880 or Mobile, Alabama, at 251-661-9600. In Pensacola, we’re open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment. In Mobile, we’re open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.