New homes combine the exhilaration of a space customized with your color and amenity preferences with the satisfaction of low utility costs and responsible consumption through energy efficient insulation and appliances. Another plus is the reliability of your new home's equipment. In the unlikely event that something breaks down, repairs are usually covered by builder's and manufacturer's warranties for a full year. Remember, as you view model homes, ask what's included in the standard package, and what's considered an 'upgrade.' Model homes usually feature upgraded flooring and wall coverings, chosen to enhance the attractiveness and durability of a home that'll withstand high traffic flow from potential customers. If your budget requires you to choose between standard and upgrade options, select those which increase the practicality and beauty of rooms you'll use frequently rather than ones you'll use less often. One last note: don't forget to ask the builder if you'll be assessed special fees for new water and sewer lines. The cost of these is sometimes passed along as 'impact' fees. Depending on your community and builder, these fees may be negotiable. To learn more about purchasing a new home, contact a real estate agent.