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Here’s Why Smart Homes Are The Ideal Fit For First Home Buyers

As anyone entering the home market knows, it’s not easy. For most first home buyers, finding a home that has the flexibility to suit their changing needs, and fit within their budget, is challenging. Add to that, an uncertainty around the buying and building process and the difficulty in deciding exactly which features are a must-have, and it can fast become overwhelming.

But the good news is, that it doesn’t have to be stressful. When you find the right home and partner with the right builder, it can all go quite smoothly! At Smart Footprint Homes, our smart designs, flexibility to adapt and simplified process, are the ideal fit for first home buyers.

So, what is a smart design home?

A smart design home is the right fit for your block, lifestyle and budget. It has everything you need and nothing that you don’t. It’s the opposite of the oversized, mass-produced ‘McMansion’ that has become the norm over the last few decades. According to the latest CommSec House Size Report, Australians have the unflattering honour of building the biggest houses in the world in 2019/20—a whopping 235.8 square metres on average! This is an increase of 2.9% on the previous year’s data. We even lead the Unites States!

While we all desire a luxury home, the truth is, bigger is not always better—especially if we are looking to address the problems of housing affordability and sustainability. Smart design homes are often smaller in size, more flexible in their scope and include custom features to suit your individual needs. A smaller, smarter home allows you to include those luxury features we expect in a new home, while also reducing your environmental footprint.

Smart designs offer great value

When you’re buying your first home, it’s unlikely you have money to burn—so while you want a stylish home, it also needs to offer plenty of value. When you build a smart home, and opt for a small home design, you’ll save money by excluding all the things you don’t need. A big plus of a smaller, smarter home is that not only are they generally more affordable to buy, they will also cost you far less to run and maintain than a larger, mass produced new home.

High level of flexibility

As mentioned above, the option to design a home that is just right for your needs and budget is a high priority for first home buyers. This is important for both affordability and lifestyle. When you build with Smart Footprint Homes, you can choose to customise any of our Smart Series Floor Plans to suit, or to create a Bespoke Design from scratch. This allows you to create a home that fits your needs and your budget. The complete flexibility in design means you can design a home that has all the essentials, plus the extras that will make it uniquely yours. For you, this could be an extra bedroom for a growing family, an outdoor space to relax and unwind, or a designated area to set up your home office.

Inclusion packages to suit

Let’s face it—we’re all unique in our needs and wants and that’s what makes life so interesting! So it’s no surprise that ‘standard’ inclusion packages on new homes are not suited to everyone. This can mean you need to spend extra on upgrades or additions that can stretch or blow your budget—or you may have to go without. We address this with our range of inclusion packages for our Smart Series Floor Plans. We offer five inclusion packages—Smart, Green, Tech, Investor and Living— so you can choose the option that best matches your needs. Each package includes carefully selected fittings, fixtures and appliances that match those themes, which makes it simple and affordable to create the home of your dreams.

A smarter first home

Just because you’re building your first home, it doesn’t mean you need to settle for less. If you choose a smart design, it’s possible to build a quality home, tailored exactly to your needs at an affordable price.

Like to know more?

If you’re keen to find out more about our Smart Series Floor Plans and inclusions range, or our Bespoke Home Design Service, get in touch with our team today!

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