Debunking the Myth that Spring is the Best Time to Find Your New Home

Even though spring is the most popular time of the year to look for a new home, we like to stress to all of our homebuyers that getting a head-start in the less popular months can really put you ahead of the game! Miller & Smith model homes don’t close when a chill hits the air, so take a look at some of the reasons you should be visiting us right now:

 

Better chance of getting the home you want

Because springtime is hopping with homebuyers, there is more competition during that time of the year. In the Fall and Winter, you have a better chance of getting first dibs on newly released homesites and immediate deliveries than you would if you waited until the Spring. Beat the mad dash in April and May by bundling up and getting out now to visit our communities!

 

Your Way Homes

With our brand new Your Way Homes program, there are even more ways to find your home, sooner. Unlike our standard immediate delivery homes, with Your Way Homes, we halt the building process at drywall and allow you to add the features and finishes you desire, such as hardwood flooring, countertops, and light fixtures. This allows you to personalize your home the way you have always envisioned, while knowing that your family can move in just 61 days later. Find yours now, and move in shortly after the holiday season!

 

See a different side of a community

Our communities have beautiful qualities to them year-round, but we also know that the weather does not always cooperate here on the East Coast, especially in the winter. We recommend visiting our new home communities whenever it is convenient for you, and if the weather isn’t great, we know that you will still fall in love with the homes and locations we have to offer!

 

More attention from the professionals

It’s true – it is a slower time of year for the entire housing industry, but this means that you will be the center of attention! Realtors and other home-buying professionals will have more time to focus on you and your needs, which is also great for scheduling appointments and meetings around your other holiday-related tasks.

 

It’s a good time to put your current home on the market

According to US News and World Report, buyers looking to sell their home by the spring should put it on the market in November and December. The report says, “New Year’s resolutions help many homebuyers get into the house-hunting groove after the first of the year. If you like the idea of marketing your home at the start of 2019, reach out to real estate agents now to be sure you’re making all the right preparations to draw winter homebuyers to your property.”

 

Our last reason for urging you to visit us through the fall and winter, is that we have newly opened model homes waiting for you! We have just opened at West Village at One Loudoun, as well as our Knight House Square Townhome Collection at Embrey Mill! Keep up with all of our happenings and schedule a tour with us at millerandsmith.com.

 

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index for New Homes by Miller & Smith

Each of our Miller & Smith homes are designed with even the smallest details at the forefront of our construction plans. From start to finish we’re always planning ahead to ensure your home will run as efficiently as possible.  Some of our home energy efficient features we offer include:

  • Fiberglass exterior doors to help control your monthly heating and cooling bills
  • Low-E glass windows to help filter out harmful UV rays and keep your home cool
  • Weatherization barrier systems that prevent leaks and drafts in your insulation
  • HVAC systems designed specifically to benefit your home’s heating and cooling costs
  • Well-insulated roofing that improves your attic ventilation, moving hot air up and away from your home
  • Energy Seal Packages that help insulate all lower levels, keeping excess moisture out and warm temperatures in
  • Climate controlled I-level trusses and beams to ensure optimal strength and durability of your home
  • Flowguard Gold CPVC pipes and fittings, designed to bring cleaner water into your home (compared to copper pipes)
  • Environmentally friendly materials used throughout each home, as well as energy savings using ENERGY STAR® thermostats, refrigerators, and dishwashers

We make sure to incorporate these features in every home for one simple reason – we know just how important energy savings are to your new home experience. To find out how much of an impact ENERGY STAR® makes on Miller & Smith homes, let us take you through the HERS Rating and how it determines energy efficiency in your new home.

HERS stands for “Home Energy Rating System” and is used to rate the projected energy efficiency of a home compared to one that meets all of the requirements of the latest residential energy code (also known as the International Energy Conservation Code or IECC). When a home is rated, everything from the construction plans to onsite inspections and testing are taken into account and performed by a certified Home Energy Rater. The Rater inputs the results into an analyzing software system that determines projected energy usage. If your new home has an ENERGY STAR® certification, that means the Home Energy Rater worked with Miller & Smith directly to ensure ENERGY STAR® performance guidelines were met.

Once construction plans are analyzed, onsite inspections are completed and typically include testing door, window and duct leaks. Results are then combined and used to generate a final HERS rating. This final number will range from 0 (most energy efficient) to 100 (least energy efficient). The reference home (or the home that meets all requirements) will always remain at a HERS rating of 100, so if your home has a rating of 85, it is still 15% more energy efficient than the reference home.

ENERGY STAR® and Miller & Smith work together to ensure your new home is energy efficient and has the best HERS rating possible. To learn more about Miller & Smith’s energy efficient homes, take a look at what’s behind-the-walls of your new home.