Best choice for first-time home buyers

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Posted: June 1, 2020 - Homebuyer's Blog

If you are shopping for a new home, you must choose between new construction or buying an existing older home. And, if you are a first-time home buyer, this can be a daunting decision. Here are two pieces of advice that can help you make the best choice for you and your family.

1.New construction is a great cost-saving alternative

A common misconception is that building a home costs too much for the first-time buyer. Nothing can be further from the truth. Consider this:

Less repair expenses. New construction is meant to last for a while, so new-home owners are not likely to install a new roof or replace the water heater…at least not for 10 to 20 years. You can spend your time and money enjoying your home…not repairing it.

New home warranty. When buying a new home from a reputable builder, you have the peace of mind a new home warranty provides. When you buy a pre-owned home, you are on your own if something goes wrong and a costly repair is needed.

Energy efficient and safe. New construction homes are much more energy efficient which saves you lots of money in the long run. They are also “up to code” with the latest safety features for your family.

The floorplan that meets your needs. Afterall, you picked it out with new construction.  Often, with existing older homes, changes are necessary. And, these changes can be expensive. According to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, the average costs for remodeling a bathroom in the Chicago area is $26,909, and a kitchen remodel is $79,825. What’s more, you typically do not recoup the cost of remodeling when it’s time to sell. For example, the Value Report shows that, on average, you’ll only get back 55% of the cost of a mid-range kitchen remodel and 60% of a bathroom remodel.

Sparkling new. A brand-new home will be clean, fresh, and completely move-in ready. Nothing beats the “never been lived in before” feeling of a newly constructed house. And, you do not have to pay to clean up another person’s mess.


2.Buy from a reputable builder

It is key to choose the right builder for your new home. This is especially true for the first-time buyer that may need extra help and direction. Here is what makes Hartz Construction a perfect choice for the first-time homebuyer.

Track record. Hartz Construction Co. Inc. is a family-owned business that has been building homes in Chicagoland for over 57 years. Hartz has built over 100 subdivisions and nearly 20,000 homes. Through it all, Hartz has maintained an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, proof positive that they are there for you.

Simple process. Hartz has a system that provides you the best homebuying experience possible. You will have the attention of the on-site home counselor to guide you through your home selection process. The Design Center designer will personally help you pick just the right finishing touches. An on-site building superintendent will oversee the construction of your home and will walk you through the home at scheduled intervals.

Location, Location, Location. Hartz Construction builds new communities and new homes in the most desirable areas, carefully selected for their proximity to things that matter most, such as great schools, shopping, health care, entertainment, and transportation.

Sought-after floorplans. A Hartz home is designed for the way you live, play, relax and entertain. Hartz offers you lots of floor plan choices with popular included features and plenty of flexibility to adjust things to suit your needs. Hartz continually comes up with new home plans to keep pace with current trends.

Design flexibility. Many other builders today are going to panelized construction where the walls are pre-built in a factory, shipped to the construction site, and then assembled. This makes changes to their floorplans expensive if the changes can be made at all. Hartz Construction still individually “stick builds” its homes, where they are built on-site by skilled carpenters who can make changes that you’d like easily and inexpensively. Want to add a closet, no problem. Make a bedroom a tad bigger, no problem. Move a laundry room upstairs, no problem. It’s your home. You should get it your way. If you are on a shorter time frame, you can pick from an array of move-in ready homes.

Modern, popular options. When you buy a Hartz home, you’ll have the opportunity to give it your personal style statement with customizing upgrades and options from the Hartz Design Center. With the help of a professional designer you can choose personalized finishes. Things like flooring, cabinets, countertops, lighting, appliances, fixtures, hardware, and more. It is a fun experience exclusively for our homebuyers.

Solid home warranty. Hartz Construction stands by the quality of their homes with a solid new home warranty program that protects against such items as structural defects, defective materials, roof and flashing leaks, basement leaks, plumbing defects, and heating and cooling system installation defects.

Please check out these new home communities from Hartz Homes:
Armitage Pointe of Addison, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Bella Vista Townhomes of Bolingbrook, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Blue Bell Ridge of Bolingbrook, Illinois (Chicago area new construction)
Lago Vista of Lockport, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Leigh Creek of New Lenox, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Marquis Pointe of Montgomery, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Nantucket Lakes of New Lenox, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Park West of Manteno, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Playa Vista of Plainfield, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Shannon Estates of New Lenox, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Sky Harbor of New Lenox, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Whisper Creek of Mokena, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)

Hartz Homes has new home communities in:
Addison, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Aurora, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Bolingbrook, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Lockport, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
New Lenox (Chicago area new home construction)
Manteno, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Mokena, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)
Plainfield, Illinois (Chicago area new home construction)