Buying a new home can be a challenging decision. Between looking at different neighborhoods, exploring various home plans, evaluating your needs as a homebuyer, and determining the type of lifestyle you want, there are a lot of factors to consider before you sign the deed on your new home.

Below we share our top four factors to consider when buying a home.

1. Indoor/Outdoor Facilities

While many home buyers consider the indoor flow of the home, some neglect to evaluate their outdoor living wants and needs. Trilogy and Shea Homes pride themselves on offering innovative, indoor-outdoor facilities for homebuyers, including rolling glass walls, enclosed courtyards, patios and open floor plans that invite natural light and the outdoors inside.

2. Energy Efficiency

Whether you are concerned about your environmental impact or saving costs on your electric bill, energy efficiency is an important factor to consider before purchasing a home. Shea Homes and Trilogy offer SheaXero No Electric Bill Homes™, which produce as much electricity as they use through an innovative blend of energy-efficient features. With 14 energy-saving features including powerful SolarCity® systems, Jenn-Air® Energy Star® appliances, Trane® energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, low-E vinyl windows, cathedralized blown-in insulation and more, SheaXero homes save homeowners thousands of dollars a year.

3. Amenities

In addition to their new homes, many homebuyers are interested in the amenities and lifestyle that their new homes afford them. Trilogy offers homeowners several luxurious amenities at their five-star resort communities. Many Trilogy communities feature resort clubhouses, gourmet restaurants, pools, expansive athletic clubs, full-service spas, private golf courses, cafes, and more. Trilogy member Mary Lynn describes living at her community like living between a “vacation and real life.”

4. Trust in Quality

A home is a big-ticket purchase, so you want to feel confident that you are purchasing a home that is high quality construction. With three-fourths of home buyers naming trust as a critical factor in their homebuilder selection, Lifestory Research set out to uncover the most trusted builders in the nation, and named Trilogy by Shea Homes the number one most trusted active adult builder in America. LifeStory Research notes, “Trust is the new currency that consumers are seeking from companies with whom they wish to engage in a purchase relationship. Trust in a builder reduces uncertainty and risk in the mind of a consumer.”

While purchasing a new home can be a difficult decision, many new homeowners are thrilled that they thoroughly evaluated their key factors and purchased a home that met all of their needs as they start the next stage of their lives.