We've said it before, but staying on top of home maintenance regularly can save you a whole lot of trouble, time, and money in the long run! Maintaining both projects and systems in your home on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis can prevent problems, errors, and neglect. Building a new home can also help keep regular maintenance time and costs down. If low maintenance is a priority, then having a new home built is a great choice. In a 2014 study by the National Association of Homebuilders, 73 percent of new homeowners reported average monthly maintenance expenses just one-fourth (25 percent) of those reported by owners of older homes. But while it’s relatively affordable to keep a new home in good working condition, proper and regular maintenance is critical! Read more in the Moffitt Built monthly newsletter.
Land is a valuable resource. It's also something that we don't have infinite amounts of. For this reason, taking the time and care to plan out community developments while working in harmony with the common outdoor space, is crucial. At Moffitt Built, we like to ensure that the community areas and outdoor landscaping within a development are best utilized. Bringing together the community by incorporating interconnected pathways, sidewalks, and useable space make for a productive community where everyone knows their neighbor. Starting with each home's front yard or porch space establishes the sense of an open and integrated community. Efficient and creative use of the land makes for pleasant and happy homeowners. Share your favorite parts about your development!
It's difficult to imagine a shortage of land, especially in an expanse like Kansas. It's one of those things that, until it directly affects you, you don't even see it as an impending issue. According to a recent survey of homebuilders across the country, it seems that lot shortages are becoming quite a problem for builders. Sixty-four percent of builders reported that the supply of lots in their markets was “low” or “very low,” marking the highest percentage of reported shortage since 1997! Due to this shortage, new homes are being built at a remarkably low rate of under 1.2 million a year. Compare that figure to 2005, where total housing starts were more than 2 million and only 53 percent of builders reported a shortage of lots. When building a custom home, finding a quality buildable lot preferably oversized or on acreage, can be even harder to come by with a lot shortage.
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