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Epcon Communities Home Buyer Guide

Epcon Communities Home Buyer Guide

 The new Epcon Communities Home Buyer Guide is a short 25-page step-by-step guide to buying, designing and building a new Epcon home. Our new home buyer guide, appointed with beautiful photos, was published in August of 2023 and is automatically sent to you when you contact us through the Epcon Communities website.

Many homeowners who are 55 and older realize at some point they don’t want to spend the time and resources maintaining a large multi-story home and yard as they get older. Other issues such as navigating stairs, which can become difficult as we age, and paying higher utility bills in an older home compared to a new home, make considering buying a new single-level home an appealing option.

If you are interested in learning more about the advantages of a low-maintenance lifestyle and single-level living with a vibrant social scene and state-of-the-art amenities, our new home buyer guide is a great place to start.

It’s also a great resource if you’ve been reading about or hearing real estate terminology for 55+ home buyers like accessibility features, low-maintenance, zero-entry, outdoor living space, rightsizing your home, etc., and want to know more about them.

Once you learn about the advantages that come with living in an Epcon Communities home and neighborhood, you will most likely have many important questions about the process, timeframe and options that are available when building a new home with Epcon. No need to stress, our new home buyer guide has you covered!

The Epcon Communities Home Buyer Guide is your trusted roadmap to finding the perfect community for your lifestyle. It will guide you through shopping for, buying, designing and building your new home with Epcon in a simple step-by-step easy-to-follow way.

Topics covered in the Epcon Communities Home Buyer Guide by chapter:

1.      Advantages of a Newly Built Home

Buy new to personalize your home to fit your lifestyle

2.      Shopping for Your New Home

Use a step-by-step process to find the perfect new home and community

3.      Buying Your New Home

Know all your options when purchasing a new home

4.      Designing Your New Home

Learn about available structural options and upgrades for your new home

5.      Building Your New Home

Understanding the Epcon building process

6.      Enjoying Your New Home and Community

Take advantage of your new home and community amenities

Once you’ve read the home buyer guide, you’ll have a great idea of this simple step-by-step process to find or build the perfect new home for your lifestyle with Epcon.

Advantages of a Newly Built Home

  • Low Cost of Ownership
  • Quality Construction
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Smart Features
  • New Home Warranty
  • Designed For the Way We Live Today
  • New Community Amenities

Buying an energy-efficient new home helps you make the most of your investment by lowering your utility bills and minimizing maintenance compared to older homes. You are also investing in yourself because you get to personalize your home to fit your tastes, preferences, and lifestyle.

Shopping for Your New Home

By being prepared and using an organized step-by-step process, you can easily cut through the noise and find a new home and community that’s a perfect fit for your budget, lifestyle and personality.

  • Establish Your Budget and Priorities
  • Research Locations and Visit Communities
  • Use The On-Site Sales Consultant as Your Expert Resource

Use our home buyer guide to get detailed information about the steps to take when beginning to shop for a new home. The home buyer guide goes into detail about what to do before you start your search, talking to your financial adviser or lender and mortgage options.

Additional information like the best time to sell your current home and things to consider when shopping for a new home to make sure to choose a floor plan that will still work for you in 10 years and beyond are also covered in detail in the home buyer guide.

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Buying Your New Home

Unless you are buying a prebuilt home, purchasing your new home will generally include the following steps:

  • Choose a community for your new home
  • Choose a floor plan that best meets your needs
  • Choose a home site that works with your floor plan
  • Choose structural options for your new home
  • Sign a purchase agreement or contract with the builder
  • Finalize all other finishes and options within the period specified in the contract

Epcon’s home buyer guide will walk you through these steps and cover common types of mortgages, and specialty loans such as bridge and HECM loans. In addition to reviewing mortgage options for your new home, we also cover other possible expenses when buying your new home. That way you’ll have enough information to budget for monthly expenses related to your home purchase.

Designing Your New Home

The Epcon Communities Home Buyer Guide covers the design choices you get to make when purchasing a to-be-built new home with Epcon.

Common structural options for many Epcon floor plans include an owner’s suite sitting room that opens to the private courtyard, a walk-in shower, a covered or screened porch, a bonus suite with a guest bedroom and full bath, kitchen and island options and more. Availability and configuration of structural options vary by floor plan and community.

Epcon Communities has long made available elements of accessibility in our luxury single-level homes. We build with your future in mind and can incorporate wide doorways and hallways, and minimal stairs between inside and outside areas in our homes. Our floor plans use open-concept designs with fewer walls and large windows to allow more natural light in your home.

The selections appointment with your design specialist is one of the most enjoyable parts of building a new home with Epcon Communities for most home buyers. Finish options allow your style to shine through as you get to choose options for cabinets, countertops, lighting and plumbing fixtures, floor coverings, paint colors and more to make your own personal statement.

See the home buyer guide for more information about structural options, accessibility options and your design appointment where you get to choose finish options for your new home.

Building Your New Home

For anyone who has not built a home before, the construction timeline can sometimes be confusing or overwhelming. By demystifying the building process with detailed descriptions of the step-by-step building process in the home buyer guide, you’ll have a great idea of what to expect when building a home with Epcon.

The main steps of the building process:

  • Permits
  • Site preparation
  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Siding and roofing
  • Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC
  • Insulation
  • Drywall installation and exterior finishes
  • Interior trim and cabinets
  • Interior and exterior painting
  • Driveway and exterior walkways
  • Floors, countertops, and exterior work
  • Mechanical work completed. Fixtures installed
  • Final touches

The final walk-through before you close on your new home is an exciting experience. You’ll get to see all of the design choices and options you selected together for the first time!

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Enjoying Your New Home and Community

Relax, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself for making the decision to build a new home! Everything in your home is brand new, pristine and personalized for your lifestyle.

Once you start unpacking your belongings, especially if you moved from a multi-level home, you’ll fall in love with single-level living! The ease of moving about your home without having to go up and down stairs, especially to the owner’s suite, will make your life simpler, safer and more enjoyable.

The Epcon home buyer guide covers ideas for enjoying the amenities in your new home and community. If your community has a clubhouse and pool, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself, socialize and stay in shape.

  • Entertain and celebrate in the spacious clubhouse
  • Get moving in the state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Cool off and relax at the pool
  • Meet new friends at organized social events and card games
  • Enjoy staying in shape with outdoor sports activities

Epcon Communities

At Epcon Communities, our mission is to build homes, communities, and lifestyles that provide one remarkable experience. We have delivered on that since 1986 by integrating smart, innovative designs with the most desirable of modern amenities. Today, more than 35,000 families and individuals call an Epcon community “home,” which makes Epcon one of the top lifestyle-rich home developers in the country year after year.

We offer floor plans from 1,300 to over 3,000 square feet with 2-4 bedrooms in communities throughout the country, many of which include resort-style amenities. So, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

Landscape maintenance and snow removal are typically included through the HOA, which frees up time for you to enjoy the activities and people that make your life more complete. It’s part of how Epcon Communities helps you make time for what matters most.

If you’re ready to discover the benefits of single-level living in a 55+ community, contact us to find out about all the benefits we offer and receive a free copy of the new Epcon Communities Home Buyer Guide!