COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: TREE LIGHTING

Porters Lake Community Services Association (PLCSA) community tree lighting and light exchange to take place Sunday December 1st from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at 4693 Hwy #7, Porters Lake.

For more details refer to www.plcsa.org

8 Reasons to Choose a New Home Over a Resale

Newly built homes can offer fewer hassles, greater efficiency and more customization.

1. Customization: Many home builders allow buyers to help design the property, which helps create a living space tailored to the consumer’s tastes. New home buyers, for example, can often decide where their bathroom might go, choose their favorite flooring or pick the exterior colour. Buyers moving into a subdivision can sometimes pick the lot they like best.

2. Building Envelope: Building codes have mandated higher energy-efficiency standards since they began to address the issue in the late 1970s. Newly constructed homes use energy more efficiently because they tend to have a tighter-sealed building envelope, or the enclosed part of a structure, that helps prevent conditioned air — cool air in the summer, warm air in the winter — from escaping. Features that create this envelope include higher-efficiency insulation, doors and windows.

3. Green Appliances: The more energy-efficient mechanics of the house also help reduce utility bills for new-home buyers. New homes often include green systems and appliances — such as high-efficiency stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters, furnaces or air conditioning units — that homes built years ago might not.

4. Fewer Repairs: The features of new homes should also hold up better than those of existing homes, which may have experienced years of wear and tear.

5. Less Maintenance: At the same time, today’s new homes are engineered specifically to minimize maintenance requirements. For example, many new home builders composite products for a home’s exterior trim instead of wood, which could rot or need repainting.

6. Warranty: In addition, builders often agree to take care of the necessary repair work in a new home for at least the first year. A new home is generally fully warrantied by the builder for a minimum of a year and upwards of seven years, also other components in the house may be warrantied for extended periods. So, if your roof starts leaking or the heater breaks during the warranty period, your builder will repair the deficiency or pick up the tab for the repairs.

7. Fire Safety: New homes often include fire-safety features that may not be in properties built years ago. In addition, all new homes are required to include hard-wired smoke detectors. These devices can provide better protection than battery-operated smoke detectors, which can fail if their battery runs out. Hard-wired [smoke detectors] run on the electricity of the house and then have a battery backup for if the house power goes out.

8. Improved Indoor Air Quality: Canadians spend a large portion of their time at home indoors, so having a healthy home environment is very important. There are a multitude of things that can negatively affect the quality of your air at home. From the building materials and finishes, to your furniture and household contents and the combustive heating system. Excessive moisture and/or humidity and improper ventilation can result in mold and mildew. Because every aspect of your home affects air quality, from start to finish every aspect is considered in new construction:

Design and construction
– Air leakage and excess moisture are prevented
– Dampness and cold spots are eliminated to increase comfort and prevent mold
– Energy-efficient windows prevent condensation, which can not only cause excess humidity and mold, but also damage
– Room layouts are designed to promote air movement and prevent stagnation

Ventilation
– Mechanical ventilation is built into every new home, using exhaust fans to get rid of stale or excess moist air generated in the course of everyday living.
– Many new homes come with a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) and this is very common in new homes. They continuously intake, filter and circulate fresh air throughout the house while exhausting the stale air. Appropriately named “heat recovery,” before exhausting the stale air, it uses the heat from it to warm-up the cold incoming air.

Heating and cooling systems
– Cutting-edge heating and cooling systems run cleanly and safely, exhausting combustion gases separately from the fresh air intake that is burned.

Building materials
– New homes offer the choice to select building materials that minimize air contamination including water-based paints, non-solvent-based glues and grouts, healthy insulation, formaldehyde-free wood products and pre-finished hardwood flooring.

Finishing products
– You can opt for hard-surface flooring that doesn’t trap dust and won’t be hospitable to mites. Modern surfaces and sinks are easy to clean with mild, non-toxic cleaning agents.

To ensure a healthy environment in new homes, daily activities in every room are taken into consideration in the overall air-flow to ensure a supply of fresh, odour free, clean air for health and comfort. A new home affords you choices and the opportunity to easily build and maintain a healthy indoor air environment.

To recap, building a new home affords you so many advantages while customizing your living space for your lifestyle. You get the square footage and the number of rooms you want in a layout that works best for you. New home designs are often brighter, more open and healthier living environments. They take advantage of advanced tools, materials, and techniques, and are built with low-maintenance and energy-efficient materials. Buying a home is major investment and move in your life. A custom-built home gives you the widest range of options and features possible to enhance where you live.