Maui is one of the most popular destinations for visitors. But when you decide to make the move to the Valley Isle, there are many things Maui first-time homeowners may want as well as considerations to make in choosing what to build and where. If you’re a Maui first-time homeowner buying or building a home may be one of those considerations. Pro Draft is here to help you with all aspects of the building process here in Maui.
Believe us when we tell you that you’re not the first who wondered what to do next. No matter where you buy your Maui home, it’s a long process that culminates when you get the keys and start moving into your own slice of paradise.
What Maui First-time Homeowners Are Looking For
Moving to Maui is a dream come true for so many people. Much like residents in the rest of the US, many have specific things they want in their new home, such as:
• A great location. It’s not difficult to find one in Maui! With several neighborhoods to choose from, you can find one that suits your lifestyle. The right location may be based on your workplace, schools for your children, and access to beaches and water sports like surfing or snorkeling. You may prefer hiking trails and a little more native living or you want urban activity like easy access to shopping, restaurants and nightclubs.
• Scenic views. Given that Hawaii is one of the most beautiful states in the US, you may want to wake up every morning to a a view of a beautiful beach, a tropical rainforest, or a mountain range.
• Enough space. If you’re single or in a relationship but no children, you might not need a large space that a family would need. For instance, a family of four will need more than one bathroom, more bedrooms, and generally more living space so more house square footage and a larger plot of land to build on might be necessary
• Amenities. Much like space, first-time homeowners are looking for specific amenities that suit their lifestyle, such as a swimming pool, a large backyard with privacy, or a lanai for entertaining. They may be wanting their home to be built with the latest technology and with an eye towards environmentally friendly design (green building).
• Affordability. Because Maui is so popular, it’s also more expensive than say downtown Muskogee, Oklahoma. First-time homeowners might love all the houses they see, but they must also consider their budget and what they can afford when deciding what to build.
Getting Ready To Build
Sotheby’s suggests that before you begin the process, take a few proactive steps:
1. Consider the type of property that would suit your living situation the best. Do you want a house, a bungalow, or would a condominium suit your needs?
2. Consider the things that you want in a property. The floor plan, kitchen design, lanai, quantity of bathrooms and bedrooms are all amenities to think about when you designing your home.
3. Start pre-qualifying for loans so that you know what you’ll be able to afford ahead of time.
4. Begin looking for an real estate agent who can help you locate land to build on or a neighborhood.
5. Talk with Pro Draft – Okay, Sotheby didn’t really mention us specifically but many of our clients have been Maui first-time homeowners and have found our help very valuable.
Let Pro Draft Design Your New Maui Dream Home
Being a first-time homeowner can be an exciting and rewarding experience with the right process. Pro Draft has been helping bring homeowner’s dreams to life in Maui for 30 years. We’re ready to help with drawings, interior design, “green design” with LEED certification, project management, and permit expedition.
We can help with architecture, drawings, blueprints, and permits, answer questions before construction and work with your architect or contractor throughout the building project. We’re happy to help and will work to ensure your first Maui home is exactly the way you envision.