Building a house is a lot of work, and yet, it’s a dream come true.

It starts with picking out the right spot, the best materials, and the perfect amenities to make your home unique. From there, construction begins! Builders and their crews work tirelessly to make your dream home a reality. By the time everything is done, you have a well-built, spacious, and beautiful home to call your own.This is a dream many people have— a place to store their memories and watch their family grow. They love the idea of having neighbors to connect with and a community to be a part of. But over the years, a new trend has started to develop in our neighborhoods. Instead of connecting with one another like before, we’ve found ourselves growing apart. Every night, tried and weary people travel long distances “home.” Sure, they may be saving money on their mortgage, but are the savings really that significant? Here are two things commuting may be costing you:

1) Higher Auto Costs. Let’s say you move to a location that is 20 miles from your workplace. Your monthly mortgage is $1200. Homes located within a 5 mile radius of your workplace are $1500 a month. Right off the bat, you’re saving $300 a month! But now look at your gas consumption. As an example, let’s say your car gets 25-miles to the gallon and holds 10 gallons (250 miles worth of gas). If you fill up your tank, you’ll get about twelve 20-mile trips to work, or 6 round trips (40 miles to and from). If gas is about $2.50 per gallon, you’ve now spent $25 per week and $100 a month just to get to and from work! And in the end, you’re actually only saving $200 per month. Other factors to consider are additional traffic both to and from work that may add extra fuel costs. Also, if you use your car for anything other than driving to work, your gas consumption is going to be more than just one tank a week.

2) Time. Though we live in a fast-pace world, spending long periods of time in your car can make you think otherwise. The average American spends 9 full days per year commuting. With an average drive time of 26 minutes each way, you’re looking at 216 hours each year, just getting to and from work! Obviously it’s hard to make connections with other people when you’re alone in your car. And, when you do finally make it home, you’re probably wiped out from travelling and having to work a long day.

So you should move closer? It depends on what you’re looking for. Some families enjoy the quiet life that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Other families prefer to stay where the action is. All in all, we believe it comes down to your home and your neighborhood.

The right neighborhood makes all the difference. Living in a neighborhood that has a sense of connectedness is inspiring. Neighbors helping neighbors, people working to enhance the community for one another, is an amazing thing. It becomes the fabric that ties families to each other and creates lifelong friendships.

Come live with us.  We are Urban Fabric Builders and we believe in creating homes which are sustainable, livable, and designed to bring communities together. Contact us today for more information about our company and how we’re weaving the timeless fabric of community in Phoenix.

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