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Best new-home features for first-time buyers

Posted by Mission del Lago on Jan 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Buying your first home is one of life’s most exciting events—especially when that home is brand new. But choosing which features to include can sometimes be confusing and challenging. After all, personalizing your new home in San Antonio may require hundreds of decisions. Choose right, and you can help protect your home value while providing years of enjoyment. 

The kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place most families spend a considerable amount of time today. It makes sense, then, that this would be the place to think about upgrading. Not only will personalizing your kitchen by adding features create convenience and function, but they can also improve your home value, which is usually on the minds of Southside first-time homebuyers

“Put your upgrade money here and you’ll never regret it. After all, your kitchen is where you and your family spend lots of time, and you’ll want it to be functional, durable, and a joy to be in,” said Houselogic.

Of course, it’s easy to go overboard in the kitchen, and first time homebuyers will want to make sure not to overspend. Experts recommend considering the items that will bring the best use and will also be difficult to change out later—upgraded countertops like granite, cabinets that have a finish you want and functional features like easy-close drawers, and appliances that are energy-efficient are top choices.

An open layout

Look for open floorplans that provide great sightlines and easy flow—a top choice of most homebuyers today, and especially desirable for families and those who love to entertain. The  neighborhood at Mission del Lago connects with families thanks to its layout, which features a chef’s kitchen that’s open to a large living room and covered patio on one side and a dining room on the other. This plan also has a first-floor master suite—one of today’s most coveted new-home features—plus three spacious bedrooms and a game room upstairs. 

The flooring

Changing out flooring later on might also be a big hassle, and will also be costly. Experts remind that “wood floors never seem to go out of style,” making them a great option to choose when buying a new home, said New Home Source

Another point in their favor: while wood floors may seem like an expensive undertaking, choosing them at the time you buy your first home will allow you to work the cost into your mortgage and pay a few dollars a month instead of having to come up with thousands of dollars later.

Upgrading carpet is another good idea, especially for entry-level homes on the Southside that have kids and animals living in them. While it may seem like a good idea to go with the least expensive option, a better grade of carpet and carpet pad will last longer and also help resist stains.

Ceiling fans

Seem like a throwaway thing to spend money on? Adding ceiling fans in multiple rooms will more than pay for itself in lower electricity bills. Not only do they help keep the air moving in summer—especially necessary in warmer climates like San Antonio—but are also useful in winter. Switching the direction of the fan actually helps to push warm air down into the room, which can help make heating systems more efficient and lower costs.

Bonus space and options

Many of today’s new San Antonio home designs offer floorplan options that can help first-time homebuyers individualize plans to suit their lifestyle. In Lennar’s Sunset Ridge plan at Southside new-home community Mission del Lago, buyers can choose to keep the floorplan as is with a loft or game room or instead opt for a loft and fourth bedroom. These options are also helpful for buyers who need flexible space for changing lifestyles in the future 

Buying a home in San Antonio

If you consider location the most important feature—which most industry experts do—then buying a home in San Antonio is a smart choice. San Antonio was named a Best Buy City by Forbes, has been recognized by Metrostudy as one of the country’s “best overall new home markets,” and is also one of the best places in the country to get a job. Much of the focus in San Antonio real estate has been on the Southside, and communities like Mission del Lago.

The SouthSide’s favorite community offers a range of new homes from D.R. Horton and Lennar Homes with modern floorplans, desirable features, great amenities including an 18-hole golf course, and a location that’s peaceful and private yet convenient to all the best of San Antonio. Prices are from the $140s.

For more information about living in the fastest-growing neighborhood in South San Antonio, visit Mission del Lago or download our Guide to Buying a New Home in Southside San Antonio.

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