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Choosing to buy new construction has a lot of perks. You’ll be the first owner of the home. You get to choose the builder, the floor plan, and the finishes. The architecture and design can reflect your style and preferences and facilitate the way you live in your home. You can also choose materials, appliances, and other considerations that are better for the environment, more energy efficient (and cost effective), and healthier for you and your family. 

There’s a lot more awareness about building materials that are toxic or even carcinogenic then there once was. Even homes that were built before we knew the dangers of lead, asbestos, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), for example, are safer now due to new building codes and abatement and

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If you’re considering new construction and you’d like a portion of your property fenced, what do you do? Well, the first step is to talk with the home builder. Are fences allowed by them and/or the HOA (Homeowner’s Association)? If so, will the builder include a fence for a price, or do you need to hire a separate contractor to build your fence? If the builder will oblige you by building a fence and incorporating it into the landscaping and quote a price for the fence that works with your budget—great! If not, you’re going to need to hire someone to build your fence. 

Make sure you understand any restrictions, regulations, and requirements for your fence as determined by the HOA or city. Also, consider the purpose of your fence and select a fence

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One important consideration for many people when looking at homes is, "Can we build a fence?" I have a dog and I'm not confident that she will know how to stay safely in the yard without a fence. Also, I like having a fence for privacy. If either of those issues, or something else altogether, causes you to prioritize a fence on your property, be sure to consider the following:

  • If you're looking for a new construction property, you should keep in mind that builders don't tend to offer fences. As you go look at models and schedule showings with your real estate agent, you'll notice the scarcity of fences in new construction neighborhoods.
  • So, if a fence is important to you, make sure that building a fence after your purchase is allowed. Many
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