I've seen several people post on here about moving to the Columbia area and trying to find a home.
For those looking to purchase I strongly recommend new home construction. The market in the Columbia area is very competitive which means builders are battling for the best product, best price and a happier customer.
Great features such as moldings, hardwood flooring, granite, 42" cabinets, large owner's suites, fireplaces, etc - PLUS a warranty (always as a builder what type of warranty they have - if it's not a 2-10... don't bother)- PLUS more energy efficient than older homes.
Brick is still very costly but brick fronts are very popular way to get the look you want without breaking the bank. I would shy away from vinyl siding though, hardiplank is a much better product. Hardiplank is a fiber-glass cement combo which is almost as durable as brick, can withstand the tolls of mother nature and can be painted or pressure washed if needed.
Personally, I believe builders should all offer fully sodded yards, but surprisingly a lot don't. South Carolina weather is unique - and having to wait and hope that some seeds (some don't even do that
) will grow just seems unnecessary.
If anyone has any questions about new home construction in the Columbia area please let me know, I would love to help.