EASY LIVING: Simple, low-maintenance lifestyle
Posted September 2, 2011
By Barbara Hobbs
For New Homes & Ideas, Jodi Sauerbier, Publisher
Sum-m-m-mer-r-ti-i-i-me and the livin’ is e-e-e-easy—or so the song says. Unfortunately for many homeowners too much time is spent mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool or tending to ever demanding landscaping. For these individuals the lure of a management company who takes all these items off of their to-do list is more than enough incentive to buy in a community where these amenities are provided. Add to this the availability of swimming pools, walking trails, tennis courts, putting greens, recreation centers with activities, and children’s playgrounds, and the enticement grows exponentially.
THROW AWAY THAT LAWN MOWER
“Low maintenance is a significant amenity for our Adult Active community,” says Cathy Michelena, Sales Consultant for K. Hovnanian Homes. “Here at Four Seasons at Renaissance we mow, edge and fertilize the grass for our homeowners, and for the single family homes we mean front, back and sides. We also tend to the landscaping.”
Touting ”maintenance free living at its best”, Epcon Communities offers a professional association-maintained environment at its Villas At Culp Arbor in Chapel Hill. “Our homeowners don’t want to spend their time dealing with maintenance issues,” said Nanette Overly, Vice President of Sales/Marketing at Epcon Communities. “We take care of all exterior maintenance to the buildings and yards in our communities. Our homeowners never have to worry about landscaping, watering, snow removal, gutter cleaning, termite and insect control, street or driveway repairs or trash removal. Those amenities take away a lot of concerns of homeowners and simplify their lifestyle.”
TOWNHOME BUYERS NOT ALONE IN SEEKING LOW MAINTENANCE
It’s not just in communities of townhomes that you find buyers looking for a low maintenance lifestyle. Today's new-home shopper looks for self-sufficient homes, say builders. In the National Association of Home Builders' "Home of the Future" study, industry experts said low-maintenance interiors are "critical" or "very critical" in today's new homes. The higher the square footage, the more likely buyers want maintenance-free homes.
Steve Braun, Sales Manager for Adams Homes, agrees. “We construct houses specifically designed for low maintenance living. Our single family homes are built on walled slab foundations so there is never a problem with moisture or insects as with homes with a crawl space. The all brick exteriors and the vinyl covered soffits and gables will never need painting, nor will the synthetic products of all the exterior and garage doors and shutters. The result of the use of these types of construction materials is... READ MORE