Fixer Upper or Mover Inner? Why Turn-key is the Way to Be

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 19, 2018

Buying a new home is already a crazy and stressful process, so why burden yourself more than you need to? A fixer upper may sound like an exciting project at first, but many people fail to realize the work, cost, and stress that comes with it. There is no reason to turn your stressful situation in to a nightmare.


Buying a move in ready house can put all of your home buying fears to bed. Here are five reasons why turn-key is the way to be:


  1. You get what you pay for


While you may pay more upfront for a turn-key home, you know exactly what you are getting yourself in to. There is no chance that you will have to start tearing down walls and pulling up floors, slowly watching your new house turn in to a dreadful money pit.

An article on discusses the pros of new appliances, heating, and plumbing, stating “you should be repair free for at least a few years.” This aspect reduces your initial costs for a while, and your wallet and sanity will thank you.


  1. Quicker move in


Many first time homebuyers are unaware of the financing process that comes with buying a home. It is much easier to gain financing for a turn-key home than one that needs a lot of work. This means that your paperwork and loans will be completed much faster, leading to a stress free move-in date that better suits your family.


  1. Updated design elements


While some people think older homes are charming, they do not have a lot of the practical space or storage that we are used to. Old houses have small rooms, even smaller closets, closed off walls, and a lack of sensible space. New homes keep the modern age in mind, and make sure you can easily fit your friends, family, and wardrobe into your new house.


  1. Energy efficient


Newer homes keep your electricity, heating, and cooling bills in mind. Older homes are not equipped with the updated windows, insulation, or other energy saving devices that your home needs, and a lot of energy (and money) is be wasted. According to, “more efficient insulation and windows create buttoned up homes that are less expensive to heat and cool than older models.” Every penny counts, and an old house puts you at risk for a sky-high utility bill.


  1. Stress-free move


Think of it like this: You buy a fixer upper. You are so excited to move in to your new home and make sure your family is comfortable and settled. But little did you know, for the next four months your cozy family home is a construction zone. You sold your old house and are forced to live in this dusty, loud place until the work is done. This bothersome process can be easily avoided by moving straight in to the comfortable home you knew you were buying. There is no buffer time to make sure everything is right, and you can begin your new phase of life as soon as you are handed the key.


Still not convinced? Angie from shared her fixer upper horror story and the disasters that ensued. She said, “We were removing 1970s wood paneling that had been layered on top of a old lath-and-plaster wall in the stairway. The first few panels came off okay, but after prying one stubborn piece down, we accidently ripped a softball-size hole into the wall! Next thing we knew, all of the blown-in insulation was pouring out. We later learned that there was no stop between the first and second floors, so the insulation for the second floor poured right out, too!” What a nightmare!


From what you’ve read, is turn-key sounding like a good idea after all? Let Legacy Homes find your best turn-key home solutions in the Huntsville/Madison area. Contact us today!

What Makes A Great Home Builder?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 20, 2018

Building your first home can be scary for families. It’s important to find the best home builder that you can find to make your home building a success. A happy customer is a happy homeowner. Here are 5 great tips on how to make find your home builder a success:




This is probably the easiest step you can take. Tour several communities. See for yourself. If allowed, check out the craftsmanship inside the home or have an experienced realtor come with you. Even better, see if you have any friends or acquaintances who have bought new homes recently and ask for a tour. Most people are happy to show off!



Boundaries and goals are a necessity for a huge project.

Nothing is worse than when you get started on a building your dream home and after a week or two into the project you realize that your contractor doesn’t know what he is doing. There are many questions to ask your future contractor and places online that you can look for finding the correct contractor. Here are a few questions to ask: How long has the company been in business?
How long has its principals been building homes?

It’s important to choose a builder who’s a seasoned professional. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what they’ve done in the past. Here is the 2-10 link for you to check out your contractor’s experience in your state –




Don’t take the builder’s word at face value

Not every state has laws or regulations concerning builder licensing, but some do. If your state does, be sure the builder you select has the proper licensing as required. Also ask for verification that he has the appropriate insurance to cover his company, his employees and you in the event of a loss or accident. Look into whether the builder is accredited or belongs to a building association, such as the Canadian Home Builder’s Association. Belonging to an organization not only proves the builder is in good standing but also indicates whether the company is current on the latest regulations.



Keeping you happy will make their job go smoother

Watch the clock after you set up a work schedule with your contractor. If they are late or don’t call you to why they are missing a scheduled time; set up rules or boundaries so they understand that their time is also your time. If they are tardy to meetings with you, take that as big warning sign. The builder who arrives at your house at the organized time, is the builder most likely to start on time and complete the work to deadline. A good home builder is honest and open about timetables and owns up to when things are behind, rather than giving excuses. Be flexible in understanding that certain elements such as supply issues or weather or other circumstances are out of their (and your) control.



It’s always good practice to make sure that the builder can do what they say they can do.

Besides checking with clients they’ve recently built homes for, be sure to reach out to clients who have been in their homes for a few years, too. Check online reviews and ask friends who have recently built about their experience with that builder.


Now that you have these tips, we hope that this will help you have a wonderful experience with your new home builder. We at Legacy Homes are more than happy to show how we can match and exceed all of these expectations, contact us anytime!


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