New Home Buyer & Home Owner Tips

How to Select a Reputable Builder or Remodeler in Connecticut
Where to look; questions to ask; and more.

7 Reasons to Own a Home - Business Advice Source

Homeowners Insurance Reviews - from Reviews.com
Renters Insurance Reviews - from usinsuranceagents.com

Home Insurance: What You Need to Know About Fire Safety & Fire Insurance - from The Simple Dollar

Blog Post: Sandy's Damage Can Be Fixed! (11-1-12)

New EPA Regulations have been issued for repair or remodeling work that disturbs paint in homes built before 1978. The rules went into effect April 22, 2010:
What Home Owners Need to Know About Lead-Paint and Remodeling Homes Built Before 1978


Young Households Count on the Mortgage Interest Deduction (NAHB, 12-22-11)

Winter Weatherization Tips (NAHB, 12-22-11)

Think you know everything about home maintenance? Take this quiz to find out!

Perfect Home Buying Combo: Affordable Homes & Low Interest Rates (Nov. 18, 2010)

Dept of Consumer Protection, Dept. of Public Health, and Dept. of Agriculture jointly announce the release of their new e-license lookup web site (Sept. 8, 2010). (click on the pdf to see the press release; or go directly to the e-license web site). Look up any licensed or registered trade or professional in CT - make sure you deal with only licensed/registered professionals.

Find an HBRA Builder or Remodeler
Not sure if you want to find an HBRA builder or remodeler member? Membership in the Home Builders & Remodelers Association is voluntary and members have a great advantage over nonmembers - and that's a plus for consumers. By joining our professional organization, our builder and remodeler members have demonstrated their commitment to their industry and have easy access to all of our great membership services and benefits, such as education and networking that keeps them on top of the latest products, technologies, codes, and business practices so your home building or remodeling experience is a great one.

Visit the HBRA of CT Honor Roll
A list of members who've earned advanced professional credentials or
certifications in green building, remodeling, active adult, aging-in-place and more.


 

Homeownership Opportunity Knocks - Why Now is a Great Time To Buy  (10-2008)

US News & World Report: 9 Reasons to Choose a New Home Over a Resale

Get Your Credit in Shape to Buy a Home  (7-15-09)

Homes Built to Fit New Priorities  (7-15-09)


Learn more about Green Homes 


How to Keep Your Family Safe with Smoke Alarms 

How long should an appliance or home components last? 

 

Mold, Mildew in Homes:
Check out a consumer resource from the NAHB at MoldTips.com or visit RSMC ("Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition"). See also, "New Resource Offers Builders Unbiased, Easy Access to Mold Prevention Solutions."

 

Keep Unwanted Summer Guests Away  (6-17-09)


For an excellent consumer guide through the entire process of making, what is for most, the biggest investment of their life, home buyers should check out the federal government's HUD web site for topics such as "How to buy a home" "How to get a mortgage" "Building a home" and many more. This HUD page has more links to other useful tools, such as mortgage calculators and calculators to determine how much house you can afford. If you are interested in tapping the equity you have in an existing home, check out the National Center for Home Equity Conversion and its information on "reverse mortgages."

For building or remodeling a home, consumers should also go directly to the great consumer web pages of the National Association of Home Builders,
Subscribe FOR FREE to NAHB's consumer newsletter (click the logo below - you'll be taken to a sign up page):


 

Why You Should Move to A New Home Now:

Emotions are intense. The "unknowns" can cause fear, if not anxiety. And you're dealing with a lot of money. Buying a new home is a huge commitment, but unraveling the process can be exciting, while crossing your new front door's threshold can be exhilarating.

You have many choices to make - the first of which is whether to buy an existing home or a newly constructed home. Our remodeler members can do wondrous things with an existing home, but there are benefits of newly constructed homes that are difficult and sometimes impossible to achieve in the existing home market. You've heard the saying, "they don't build 'em like they used to," and when it comes to home construction that is good news for today's consumer.

Look at the advantages: When buying a newly constructed home,

  • you will not have to adapt your lifestyle to the functional obsolescence of older homes;
  • you'll have plenty of outlets;
  • the number and configuration of rooms you need;
  • the size kitchen you want;
  • eight to nine foot ceilings in the basement;
  • and closets and baths and any other amenity that you and your builder decide to build.

Add:

  • energy efficiency;
  • better functioning windows and doors
  • up-to-date furnaces, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems;
  • drier basements; and
  • new and improved technologies, materials, appliances and construction methods.

and compared with buying an existing home, you'll get a much better product for your dollar with new construction. With building codes being regularly updated every three to four years, you'll also get more peace of mind. And it's easier than ever to work with today's professional HBA builders and remodelers who place a lot of emphasis on customer service.

 

 

 

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