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By John Straub | Agent in Fort Worth, TX

New Home Builders in Fort Worth, Part 4

New Home Builders in DFW Tip #3
Price is more than what you pay today when it comes to your new home. Have you ever purchased something at a really great price only to have it break quickly, and then you spend money to fix it? Looking back it might have been worth the extra money to get a better value. New Home Builders in DFW are not the lowest price option, but they may be a great value due to savings associated with increased energy efficiency.

New Home Builders in DFW did not include many of today’s standard energy efficient items even 5 years ago. Now, the questions today’s home buyers must ask are: How does this affect me? Am I getting what I pay for? Are all the energy efficiency programs really all they are cracked up to be? To make it even more challenging, many new home builders in DFW seem to have their own energy program. The best place for a homebuyer to start is the Federal governments, Energy Star Program. This program uses a testing method that scores each home against a benchmark standard. Here is a link to the Energy Star Program: Energy Star Home Guidelines Builders homes are graded and given a score called a HERS score, the lower the number the better.

Today home buyers need and want to save money. Paying less for electricity, water, and gas for your new home is an important start. Not all energy efficiency upgrades are worth the cost though. Remember the builder is including the costs of items in the home not giving them away. If the builder you are looking at has made granite an option you pay $5,000- $7,000 for, but at the same time, that same builder is including spray foam insulation as standard; will the costs of paying extra for granite be worth getting spray foam insulation included in the price? Another way to think about it is this way, if new home builders in DFW were absolutely sure that the cost for an option would be fully recuperated and every customer would want it, they would all likely include it as a standard feature.

In the final analysis while costs are certainly higher on the purchase, new homes are designed to save you on utility costs. If you couple the energy savings, with the savings in maintenance costs on a new home with new parts, and a warranty you may find that the value makes a new home a great deal. I hope you have enjoyed new home builders in DFW and found the information informative. If you have any comments on the material or questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly 817-729-4281 or john@dfwfamilyrealty.com.



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