Is a Townhome or Single-Family Home Right For Me?

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As you contemplate your next move, there are many factors to take into consideration when choosing the right home. One of the first decisions to make in the home buying process is whether to choose a townhome or a single-family home. There are many options for new townhomes for sale and single-family homes for sale in Utah, so it’s important to determine your needs before moving forward with a decision.

Here are some things to take into consideration when deciding whether a townhome or a single-family home is the best decision:

Why a Townhome Might Be Best

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Those who ultimately choose a townhome do so for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons to consider a townhome over a single-family home is affordability. Townhomes are generally more affordable than single-family homes which make them the perfect option for those who are ready to move on from renting but need to adhere to more of a budget.

Townhomes are also great for those who don’t have a lot of extra time to spend on yard work. Most Utah home builders that build townhomes do so with little to no yard space for townhome owners to tend to. This means no lawns to mow in the spring and summer months and no shoveling of mounds of snow in the winter. Of course, some townhomes will require yardwork and upkeep, but it’s almost always much less than you’d get with a single-family home.

There are a couple things to consider when purchasing a townhome. Since they are built on smaller spaces covering less ground, they tend to be more vertical in their floor plans than horizontal. This usually means more stairs which can be a problem for some buyers. Townhomes are great for getting to know your neighbors who are in close proximity, often sharing at least one wall between both parties, but this can also pose a potential problem if you’re seeking more privacy.

Why a Single-Family Home Might Be Best

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Single-family homes are the right choice for those who are excited about having their own backyard and look forward to gardening and keeping up with yard work. Kids are able to run about more freely in the space provided by a single-family home lot, and many homes for sale in Utah and homes for sale in Utah County in particular have nice, large yards.

Lots of single-family new homes in Utah also provide the extra privacy from nearby neighbors as there are no shared walls and there is usually substantial spacing between homes.

With more space comes more room for windows which offer a lot in the way of natural light.

Single-family homes can feel a lot more spacious, even if the overall square footage is comparable to a similar townhome, simply because of the horizontal layout which lends itself to a more wide-open feel.

Single-family homes provide more of a view overall than the typical townhome. Where townhomes tend to face other nearby townhomes, single-family homes provide an opportunity to showcase nearby views, like Utah’s magnificent mountains.

Choose from Popular Floorplans

Of course, any benefits to a townhome or a single-family home will depend a lot upon which floor plan you choose. As one of the most popular new home builders in Utah, all of our new homes in Utah, whether already built or waiting to be built, have wonderful potential.


Benefits of Buying a New Home Over a Previously Owned Home

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The path to home ownership can be an exciting one, but there are lots of questions along the way. One of the most common questions that prospective homeowners face is, “Should we buy a pre-owned home or should we buy a new home?” Undoubtedly there are lots of beautiful pre-owned homes on the market, but consider the many benefits to buying a new home with Holmes Homes, one of the fastest growing Utah home builders, over a previously owned property:

Your Style, Your Say

One of the most exciting aspects of home ownership is the process of creating a space that feels like your own. With a pre-owned home, most of the design has been determined for you. A new home provides an opportunity to select the floor plan, the flooring, the finishes, and the color scheme that really speaks to you and your family’s while accommodating your personal tastes. Though a pre-owned home may offer some opportunities for renovations, these can be expensive and much of what has been built is set in stone.

Latest and Greatest

Another huge benefit to buying new is the convenience of the latest technologies and appeal of modern structural design. New home builders offer the latest technology in appliances as well as the most sought after modern layouts with open concept spaces. The cost and hassle of replacing a pre-owned home’s appliance can take a toll, and though many dated design aspects can be altered, creating a new floor plan in a pre-owned home can often require a complete overhaul.

Energy Efficiency

New homes offer energy efficient solutions built into the home with modern heating and cooling systems and insulation techniques. New homes are, by and large, much more energy efficient than pre-owned, older homes. As one of the top builders in Utah, Holmes Homes builds each of their townhomes and larger homes with double pane glass windows, proper insulation throughout the home, and heating and cooling systems that function more effectively than dated models. Energy efficiency is one of the main concerns among potential homeowners, making new homes a no-brainer for saving on your energy bill.

Under Warranty

New homes provide the assurance of a solid warranty which guarantees the owners replacements should appliances, a water heater, or a roof require repair sooner than expected. Pre-owned homes often have expired warranties so any damage to the structure of the home or to its content will fall on the buyer. Enjoy peace of mind with a new home that is protected under warranty should an issue arise.

Holmes Homes has many new homes and townhomes for sale that are move-in ready and lots of beautiful, modern floor plans for those looking to build their dream home from the ground up. We know you’ll be so happy with your choice to build a new home, and we look forward to helping you in the process.

Check out our many available and upcoming new communities to learn more.

View a virtual tour of some of our homes for sale in Utah County, or feel free to contact us with any questions about the new home buying process.

Easy Fixes to Improve Your Home Value Before You Sell

utah new home living roomIt’s difficult to look at your home objectively and see the updates and fixes that are necessary to help it sell. Here are some simple changes you can make that will make your home more desirable to potential home buyers, but won’t break the bank.

Neutralize Paint Colors

One of the best things about owning your own home is painting your walls any color you please. Unfortunately, not every color appeals to every home buyer. You can quickly update any space by giving it a fresh coat of paint, preferably a neutral beige, gray, or even white, so it appeals to a wider audience.

Update the Kitchen and Bathrooms

While a complete remodel may not be in the cards, any updates you make in your kitchen or bathrooms will bring a significant return—kitchens and bathrooms are key selling features. If you can afford new cabinets and countertops, buy them; if not, you can easily paint or re-stain your current cabinets to give them a facelift. Countertops can be painted to give the appearance of granite. Replacing sink fixtures or putting in a new backsplash can have a major impact on the bathroom space.

Replace Outdated Fixtures and Hardware

Updating outdated fixtures throughout your house is a must. Fixtures easily date your house, so get rid of those hexagon lights and gold doorknobs, and replace them with something more modern. If you can’t afford new hardware on cabinets and doors, consider using metal paint to change the color of what’s already there.

Install New Flooring

Hardwood, bamboo, or cork flooring is ideal, but if you can’t afford the price tag, consider using vinyl tiles to cover discolored and outdated linoleum. Make sure broken or chipped tiles are replaced, and any squeaky floorboards are addressed.

Fix Any Existing Issues

Every unfinished project needs to be completed—homebuyers are willing to pay more for a move-in ready home. Patch holes in the wall, replace broken windows, and make sure your house is presentable. While something like finishing your basement may be out of reach, make sure what is completed in your house is done right and looks nice.

Curb Appeal is Key

You need to actually get potential homebuyers into your home, and curb appeal is key. Trees should be trimmed, bushes and shrubs shaped, the lawn should be mowed, and all weeds should be pulled from flower beds. If possible, consider painting your door a welcoming color to help add character to your home and set it apart from all others in your neighborhood.

Get That House Sold

With just a few simple upgrades, your house won’t last long on the market. At Holmes Homes, we know how exciting it is to buy new homes in Utah—let’s get that old house sold so you can start life in your new home!

Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of working with a Utah home builder, and check out our new home communities or take a virtual tour.