Paula Lopes' Blog
When it comes to getting what you want in your home, the question comes down to whether you build it or look for the perfect house to buy.
For those who prefer new construction, the option of starting from scratch is very viable. Here are some vital factors to consider before getting started:
Building a new house from scratch may seem costly, but after an extensive breakdown and with proper management of resources, it may turn out to be less expensive than buying a home that you then must remodel to suit your taste. It is essential to do a total cost analysis to avoid slowdowns during the construction.
Flexibility is one factor that people who prefer to build new houses mention. They can modify the house to their taste without having to fit into a preset structure. If customization is a priority for you, this is a great place to start. You’ll have much more flexibility in the layout of your home and will be able to customize it to your liking.
Building your home requires many choices: finding the land and hiring a contractor to accompany you throughout your project are possibly top priority. From design to site monitoring, until the delivery of keys, it is essential to work with a professional with recognized expertise, who will respond carefully to your needs and expectations.
Finally, a new construction project offers you the opportunity to live in a house that is 100% personalized and scalable. This means that your property will be designed to adapt to the new configurations of your home, for years to come.
But not everyone enjoys the scouting and building process. Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine how the home will look and work for you based on drawings alone. If the time frame gets interrupted, you may have to find temporary housing to wait out the weather, material supply issues, or other delays common to new construction. When developing raw land, you often must factor in roads, driveways, sidewalks, and streetlamps. Purchasing a preexisting home can either diminish or eliminate these issues all together.
Need help making the decision? Contact me! Whether it's a beautiful, preexisting home or a dream built from the ground up, I’d love to help you move into your dream house!
lot 1 Williams Street, Dighton, MA 02715
lot 1 Williams Street, Dighton, MA 02715
Cooking or baking, refrigerating food and running the dishwasher all contribute to the amount of energy your home uses overall. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, refrigerators use the highest amount of energy in household kitchens. While large appliances require more energy, lighting and other sources of energy, such as water heating, also factor into your total usage. You can save energy in your kitchen with the following energy efficiency tips.
Switch to Energy-Efficient Appliances
Since refrigerators, dishwashers and stoves use up the most energy in your kitchen, consider replacing older ones with more energy-efficient models. Appliances with the Energy Star label can save you a significant amount on your energy usage. For example, refrigerators with this label use roughly 15 percent less energy than newer ones without this label, according to the Department of Energy. They also use up to 40 percent less energy than older refrigerators. The energy savings you'll get from these appliances helps make up for the cost of purchasing them and having them installed.
Use Appliances More Efficiently
The way you use your appliances can have a big impact on how much energy they need.
- Refrigerator: Covering foods inside your fridge, keeping the temperature between 35 and 38 degrees and making sure the door is tightly sealed helps reduce energy usage.
- Dishwasher: The biggest source of energy use from dishwashers is heating water. You can save energy with your dishwasher by only running it when you have a full load of dishes and letting them air dry when they're done being rinsed.
- Stove: To reduce your stove's energy usage, use the right size pot or pan. For example, using a small pan on a large burner leads to a higher amount of wasted energy. Instead of using your oven for a small dish or amount of food, consider other more efficient alternatives, such as your microwave or slow cooker.
Replace Kitchen Lightbulbs
If you use traditional incandescent lightbulbs for overhead lights, task lights and other lights in your kitchen, think about replacing them with more efficient ones. CFL or LED lightbulbs use less energy and have a longer lifespan, so you don't need to replace them as often. Making the switch to these lights can save you in terms of energy usage and utility bills.
Limit Exhaust Fan Use
The exhaust fan in your kitchen can help remove odors and pollutants, improving your indoor air quality. However, you don’t need to leave it running for long periods of time to get these benefits. Turning your exhaust fan on while cooking and shutting it off afterwards helps reduce the amount of energy it uses.
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