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5 Ways New Homes Help Conserve Energy in the Summer

Categories: Blog | Posted: June 19, 2018

Summer’s finally rolling around, and we all know what that means: crazy high energy bills from blasting the A/C. But if you’re living in a home built within the last few years, those costs may not actually be so high.

Did you know that newer homes tend to be more energy efficient? This is true for new homes even without investing in smart thermostats or high-end appliances. Homes built in the last five years tend to have better insulation, are constructed with higher-end materials, and often have state-of-the-art ventilation systems to improve air quality.

1. Energy-Efficient Window Panes
New homes are often built with double- or triple-pane windows, which can help prevent heat from coming through or going out. Since many older homes were constructed with single-panes, sunlight beaming through those windows can raise those cooling costs. With a new home, you won’t have to worry about keeping your drapes closed – let all that sunshine in!

2. Cooler Lightbulbs
No, we’re not talking about multi-colored or glow-in-the-dark bulbs. Energy-efficient light bulbs can keep your home cooler than traditional ones. Did you know that 90% of the energy coming off of regular light bulbs is wasted as heat? Many newer homes come equipped with CFLs and LEDs, offering a cooler lighting option for homeowners.

3. Improved Insulation
We mentioned this one before. Newer homes have better insulation, which helps keep your home cool longer. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is much easier with improved insulation, meaning you’ll run that air conditioner less with a newer home.

4. More Efficient Home Appliances
New appliances perform now better than ever with highly efficient systems that offer features like quieter operation and moisture control. These high-performing appliances quickly cool down your home and then switch off, saving you money and keeping your new home at its optimal temperature longer.

5. Solar Panels
This one may be cheating a little – not every new home comes equipped with solar panels. However, solar panel installation in the U.S. nearly doubled in 2016 with over 1.3 installations across the country. With the energy saving potential (up to $30,000 over a 20 year period!) it’s no wonder many new home builders are investing a little up front for some pretty hefty savings down the road.

There are many advantages to buying a new home, like improved ventilation and air quality, but in the summertime, those benefits really shine. You can keep your home cooler and your energy costs lower with a newer, more energy-efficient house.

How to best research a property online

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: June 15, 2018

If you’re in the market for new homes in Raleigh, you are most likely like every other buyer and spending countless hours online doing research to help you find the perfect new home. However, once you narrow your search down to a home you feel comfortable putting an offer on, what can you do to ensure that home is the right one for you? Royal Oaks Homes shares three tips that can help you do more online digging towards your prospective new home.

No days, it is amazing how much information you can find online. The internet is full of data on past home sales, home prices in the area, the history of each sale of a resale home, neighborhood activity and so on. There is very little you can’t find online now when it comes to a home or the area around the home.

One of the things you will want to consider when researching a possible home is the building records. Most all public information and documentation is available online. You can also typically find building permit history as well.

Even though by law, sellers must disclose work done to the property, there may have been work done by a previous owner you may want to know about if you are looking at a resale home.

One thing buyers need to watch out for is any work that was done on a home, without a permit. If updates were made and not up to a health or safety code, if you become the owner and look to sell down the road that could be your issue to deal with even if you weren’t the one to make the update.

The best way to search for records like these is to search for “building records” and then the city you are looking to purchase a home in.

If you haven’t already utilized Google street view to look at your prospective new home, enter the address of the home into Google and hit search. You will see a thumbnail image of the home pop up next to the map with the location of the home, and if you click on the image you can see what the home looked like prior to being listed on the market. Most often, these photos were taken a few years in advance and can give you an idea of any work that might have been done to the exterior, prior to selling.

You can research a lot about school districts and individual schools online these days. You can search district test score numbers, student to teacher ratios, parent reviews and if there are any special learning options if you have a child who needs special teaching requirements or advanced learning opportunities.

The final piece you want to be sure to check when you’re doing your online due diligence in background history of a home, is to find a neighborhood crime app and due some digging. You can check things like sex offenders, crime, homicides, theft, robbery and so on that have gone on in the area. Especially if you have children or plan on having children in the home you are looking to buy, these are very important to consider for their safety as well.

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