Guide to buying a new home in Lillington, NC

Posted on April 10, 2023 in LIVING IN NC

The Raleigh suburbs have a lot to offer. If you’re trying to decide which one will be your new hometown,New Home Inc. offers this guide to buying a new home inLillington, NC,a small town with big advantages.

Research the benefits of living in Lillington, NC

Convenient, commutable location.Lillington is halfway between Raleigh in the north andFayettevilleandFort Braggin the south, making it one of thebest Raleigh suburbs for commuters. It’s ideal for the family that wants easy access to either or both locations.

Quality of life.With a population of 3,600 people, Lillington is a modern small town, one that’s invested in growing to meet the needs of everyone living there. The abundance of friendliness, community pride, schools, and things to do are among the many other factors that contribute to its overallLivability rating of an “A+”.

If you’re looking for a quiet place that takes you back to the simple pleasures in life—like a walkable downtown where you feel right at home and an active day in the great outdoors—Lillington is the place to live.

Family-friendly.Living in Lillington is particularly pleasing for families with children. In addition to the great schools, you can educate and entertain your kids in many ways.

Cape Fear River Adventurestakes you out on the famous river that runs through Lillington, with your choice of river tubing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and other wet and wonderful experiences.

NearbyWillow Oak Farmis a working farm that welcomes visitors all year, for special events, fresh-picked produce, and getting up close and personal with the goats, pigs, horses, rabbits, sheep, and alpacas. There’s an outdoor playground and an indoor barnyard play area. AndThe Scoop @ Willow Farmsis the place to go for ice cream treats (including reduced fat, sugar-free, dairy-free, and vegan options) and handspun milkshakes.

The Town of Lillington hostscommunity eventsthat bring together all the residents of all ages in the spirit of fun and festivities.

A hub of outdoor activity.Lillington is a nature lover’s paradise. Whether your recreation of choice is hiking, fishing, kayaking, camping, glamping, riding a horse or a bike, enjoy your sport right in Lillington.Raven Rock State Parkcaters to all of the above! Cape Fear River runs through the town (and the state park), offering every water sport you can imagine. Living in Lillington also gives you the benefit of a network of well-maintained parks and recreational facilities.

Shop-filled downtown district.Walk down Main Street and explore the wide variety of locally owned businesses, likeThe B Hive, a modern take on the general store, filled with things you never knew you couldn’t live without!Zenciety Holistic Boutique,Main Street Market,  andThis & That Vintage Market also give you reasons to browse regularly.

And downtown is complete without the local hardware store.J.E. Womble & Sonshas been around for generations. The store has some of just about everything. Their motto boasts, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” From an obscure tool to advice on how to fix a leak, J.E. Womble is the place to go.

Dining delights.You might not expect a small town to serve up a broad menu of restaurant choices. If so, Lillington will surprise you. This growing Raleigh suburb is home to eateries for every taste.Bubs and Spankie Coffee Companyis a double delight. It’s a coffee shop housed inside a local brewery,Belleau Wood Brewing Company. Regardless of the brew you’re in the mood for, you’re in for fun. The family-friendly atmosphere has games for kids and adults.

Sweet Magnolia’s Deli & Grillserves up home cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bringing a taste of Jersey to the South,The Garden State Grillis another popular place for lunch and dinner. Check out some of the unique items, like fried pickle sticks and Boardwalk fries, and then choose from a menu filled with amazing burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood, and don’t forget the dessert. If you like your southern flavor from farther south of the border,Tacos Oaxacais another Lillington restaurant that never disappoints. And of course, every town needs its hometown pizza place. In Lillington, that’sLost Paddle Pizzaon South Main Street, where you can dine on brick oven pizza with a view of the Cape Fear River. And theLillington SportsZoneis the town’s bar and grill that satisfies an appetite for sports and great food in one place.

Tips for Relocating to Lillington

Are you ready to relocate to this appealing Raleigh suburb? Here’s a guide for finding and buying a home in Lillington.

Visit the town.The best way to feel the quality of life in Lillington is to see it for yourself! Drive around the area to see the neighborhoods. Walk through Downtown Lillington and stop in at the shops, restaurants, and businesses, where you can chat with the locals.

If you’re planning to commute from your new home, test drive it. Check the route during the time you’d be traveling to see how it fits with your plans.

Also, visit Lillington at different times of the day and evening, and on a weekend.

Plan your homebuying budget.Another benefit of buying a new home in Lillington is the cost of housing. It’s more affordable here than in Raleigh and other larger suburbs, about 6% less than the average in North Carolina and15% less than the national average. Your home buying budget stretches farther in Lillington, NC, so you can afford more home for your money.

If you’re considering a resale home, be sure to factor in the costs for renovation, repairs, and remodeling. Will the roof need to be replaced soon? How about large appliances like the furnace, water heater, and air conditioning system? Budget for these expenses in advance so you don’t become “house poor”, spending all of your money on the purchase of the resale home and having nothing left to transform it into what you want.

This is one of the biggest reasons that homebuyers look at new construction. The entire home is covered by a warranty, including all of the appliances. You’re buying a home that is built to today’s current quality standards, including energy efficiency and indoor air quality. You also don’t need to deal with outdated wiring—like phone jacks and cabling that doesn’t meet today’s standards for fast, reliable connections.

Find new homes for sale in Lillington

Some simple online searches will show you MLS listings as well as homebuilders with new homes for sale in Lillington.

Find the right location.Do you want to be in or near Downtown Lillington or would you prefer something a bit more rural? If you’re commuting, you might want your home with easy access to major roads. Explore those areas and then narrow your new home search.

Identify the must-have features in your home:

     Number and types of rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and flex space

     Proximity of owner’s suite to other bedrooms, particularly important for families with young children

     Outdoor living space, such as front porch and rear patio or deck

     Yard size

Once you’ve created this list, stick to it. Don’t be tempted to compromise on items you’ve already determined as important. You might think you can live with that concession now, but then live to regret the decision later!

Meet with homebuilders

Talk to homebuilderswho are building homes in Lillington. Find out what they have currently available along with their plans for future homes and communities. Move-in ready homes present the best choice for a homebuyer who’s on a tight schedule. Maybe you’re relocating to Lillington and want to get into a home before school starts. Or you’ve already sold your home and need to quickly make your move.

Learn about the builders you’re considering.Talk to people who have bought and lived in the homes built by this company to learn their satisfaction. Check online reviews.

Ask the builder what distinguishes them from the other companies. What is their “brand”?

Tour several homes from this builder.Look closely at the quality of visible items, like doors, cabinets, windows, flooring, and finishes. Is the trim carefully applied so there are no gaps in the corners? Is the paint applied well? Look for ways that the builder either took extra care or, conversely, shortcuts.

Never compare price-per-square-foot. That’s like asking someone, “How much does it cost to go to dinner?” The answer depends on the type of place you want to dine at, the meal you order, whether you get appetizers and dessert, and many other factors. Price-per-square-foot is not an accurate measurement of a home’s value!

Talk to New Home Inc.

New Home building new homes for sale in Lillington right now.Duncans Creekis nestled in a scenic location just outside Downtown Lillington. New construction single-family homes start at $299,700, and the homesites are at least a half-acre and as large as 1.3 acres.

Our curated portfolio offloor plansincludes ranch-style and two-story homes, with up to 5 bedrooms. You’ll have a variety of exterior styles that have been designed to complement one another while also giving your home a unique style.

As you’re considering a new home for sale in Lillington, factor in all the extras that New Home Inc. includes:

     Smart home automation package

     Electric vehicle charging station rough-in

     ecoSelect Home Efficiency Program

     Whole home air filtration system

     Oversized kitchen island

     “Messy kitchen” service pantry

     Flex rooms

     Fully enclosed, securedsmart home delivery zone

     CAT6 cabling for strong, reliable connections without dead zones

New Home Inc.’s “Future-Proof” homes are designed to meet your needs now and in the years ahead.Talk to us at New Home Inc. to explore restarting your life and buying a new home in Lillington, NC!