Empty Nesters: Why You Should Build a Custom Home After Your Kids Leave

custom homeAre you considering building a custom home after your kids are gone? Are you wondering about the benefits of new construction for a couple of empty nesters?

Maybe you’ve never had a new home and are eager to finally have some of those custom home features you’ve always envied. Or maybe you’re looking to downsize your home and get something smaller but with much less maintenance to worry about.

Here’s why now is a great time to be building a home.

Suited For Your Needs

Many larger homes are built for families and are quite a workout to get around. You may be carrying laundry up and down the stairs on a regular basis or be heading up to the second level to dust every weekend.

Many of today’s custom-built homes for the fifty-five and older crowd, however, allow for much easier getting around. The laundry is on the first floor, there’s a no-step entry, and hallways and doors are wider. You may also choose a one-floor style like a ranch, which will be easier to move around in.

If you’re having your home built in a new 55+ community, know that your neighborhood itself could include lots of amenities for keeping you busy. These could include a pool, tennis court, or a fitness room. You may also have access to regular activities like card games, cooking classes, or book clubs.

If you’re considering having a home custom-built for you, consider how it’s going to meet your needs. What will your days look like? Will daily chores be easier?

You should also think about how you are planning to make friends and socialize if you’re moving to a new neighborhood. Are there activities and easy access to shopping? Will you feel isolated or be able to stay busy in your new life?

Getting a custom home built is exciting, and you’ll want to be certain you’re getting everything you want and need in your golden years.

Easy Maintenance

In older homes, it’s common to experience frequent maintenance issues. These include problems with the foundation, roof, or plumbing. You’ll also need to worry about energy efficiency, toxic gasses, and outdated electrical.

If you’re handy, you’ve probably spent the last years or decades fixing these problems regularly. If you aren’t, you’ve probably been investing a lot of your hard-earned money in handymen.

With a new home, however, none of this will be a problem. Since everything has just been built, your chance of maintenance problems is minimal.

If you build a new home in a 55+ community, you may also have other maintenance tasks attended to. These could include snow shoveling, leaf-blowing, or lawn-mowing. If you’re looking to relax or have physical limitations, this could be a great move for you.

Custom Home Amenities

Now that you don’t have young children running around your house anymore, you can add amenities to your new home without having to worry about them getting ruined. These might include a game room, shower room, or walk-in pantry. You might also be looking for custom-built bookshelves, an outdoor kitchen, or a wine cellar.

Since it will just be you and/or your spouse, you won’t have to worry about organizing these areas. You can keep them as tidy and manageable as you’d like. And you can enjoy all of the special features a home has to offer.

Cost Control

While you may believe that having a new home built will cost more, this isn’t always the case. You could end up saving money if you are moving to a less expensive location.

Even still, when you are building a new home, you can decide which materials are used in which areas. Maybe you’d like to splurge on certain features and save on others. With a custom home, you get to decide where the luxury features are.

Energy Efficiency

Older homes tend to lack energy efficiency. This may be because of things like less insulation, gaps in floorboards, or duct leakage.

With a newer home, you could end up spending less on heating and cooling each month. This is because your HVAC system and insulation are brand new. They also have doubled-paned windows and stronger building materials.

If you’d like to save money on your monthly energy bills, consider having a home custom built.

Less Competition

Anyone who knows about today’s housing market is aware that there is a lot of competition everywhere. Bidding wars abound, and it can be difficult to get a home that doesn’t need work even if you’re able to snag one.

With a custom home, you can have your own home built where you’d like it. And you won’t have to worry about someone else grabbing it from right under your nose.

Location, Location, Location

While a home in a 55+ community may be important to you, you may also want to build your home in a dream location. Maybe you’ve always longed to live by a lake or close to the ocean.

As a senior couple, you may want to make sure you’re within walking distance to things like groceries, pharmacies, and parks. You may also want to be a short drive away from your doctors and specialists.

Your Custom New Construction

There’s no better time to build a new construction than your happy golden years. With a little thought and planning, you could be living in the custom home of your dreams in no time.

Don’t stop getting smart about building your dream home now. For expert construction in your area, contact us today.