For example, today’s new-home buyers are looking for long-term value in the form of high levels of energy efficiency, consideration for the environment as well as low maintenance costs.
New-home buyers are also looking for dwellings that meet their needs and offer flexibility, such as those homes in conformance with the principles of Universal Design. This includes features that make the home accessible for those with limited mobility or confined to a wheelchair.
Many buyers interested in new-construction homes are also looking for “a home that grows”—in other words, a home that’s designed and built with the ability to be expanded over time to meet the changing needs of its occupants. To make this work, homes will have to be designed from the beginning to allow for sensible additions. These homes would also need to be located on the building site in such a way that future additions would not encroach on required setbacks or violate other zoning or building regulations.
Smart builders will recognize that building homes that truly meet prospective buyers’ needs, while delivering greater value for their customers’ investment, is essential to long-term success.