Top 3 Advantages to Buying a New Home

Very often buyers who opt to buy or build a new home also consider re-sale homes during their initial search. And even as a new home builder, we admit there are some notable advantages to buying re-sale (be a part of a more established community, mature trees, homes with “old” charm, etc.). However, we believe that the number of disadvantages or “unknowns” to buying a re-sale home (um, we’ll just replace all the windows, and I think the dishwasher is about 15 years old, and what is that smell?!) far outweigh the advantages and therefore contend that buying a new home is a smarter choice (I know, a new home builder alleging such – shocking right)?! But hear us out…

Top 3 advantages to buying a new home:

1. Modernization
2. Warranty Service
3. Making It Yours

MODERNIZATION: New homes are designed and built with the most innovative trends, materials, and technology. With regard to design trends, wasted spaces like two story foyers and family rooms are out and smartly designed spaces meant to maximize each square foot are in. These designs incorporate spaces like walk-in closets, storage spaces (because you don’t know how badly you need storage space until you don’t have it, right?!), lofts designed with home offices and/or guest suites in mind, and versatile kitchens (see our kitchens on Facebook!) designed to be “home base” – a space functional enough that mom/dad can cook while the kids are working on homework, yet elegant enough that it’s conducive to entertaining guests.

Additionally, in recent years, new home builders have begun to incorporate green building and energy efficient techniques in their new home designs. A few examples of these techniques include but are not limited to; Low-E (low-emittance) windows that reduce the U-factor by suppressing radiative heat flow, dryline house wrap which serves as a draft and moisture barrier, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, Energy Star appliances (which earn this label by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, as required by the U. S. Department of Energy), all of which contribute to lower energy costs for you.

WARRANTY SERVICE: When purchasing a new home, not enough can be said about the comfort of knowing that if something malfunctions or needs a little tweaking, the one year warranty program comes into play. In a re-sale home, if a problem arises, it’s entirely up to you to fix and to pay for.

As a proactive measure, new homes are inspected at two different points following settlement. During these inspections, warranty technicians check the condition of the home, as well as, repair any items of concern. Although, it’s important to mention that when buying new, it is not uncommon to have zero items of concern or repairs in a home months or even years after settlement.

MAKING IT YOURS: Only when you buy new can you personalize your new home with the interior selections (cabinets, ceramic tile/hardwood floors, countertops, hardware, etc.) that reflect your personal style. Yes, you can absolutely buy a re-sale home and remodel, but keep in mind that the costs are usually considerable. Said differently, there is a cost to tear out the used carpets, counter tops, cabinets and hardwood floors. When you buy a new home, it’s essentially like starting with a blank canvas – it’s your picture to paint – to reflect your style and fit the way you live. Additionally, when selecting your interior options, you’ll have the expertise of a design studio consultant to lend as much or as little professional insight as you’d like when making your selections!

While we believe there are a great number of reasons to buy new, we find these to be the top three. We hope this explanation has served as an informative tool that will help you when weighing your options of buying re-sale or buying new. Either way, best of luck in your search!