3 benefits of buying a new construction home

Jon C. McBride
Jon C. McBride
Published on August 8, 2018

 

Look at three or four resale homes during your house hunt and you’ll start getting the feeling that, should you purchase one of them, you will be buying someone else’s poor design ideas, lousy home maintenance and lack of cleanliness. Yuck.

It’s for this reason that many homebuyers choose new construction instead. Yes, they typically sell for more per square foot, but the extra money is worth the extras that come along with a new house. Let’s take a look at three reasons you may want to choose a new home over a resale.

1. Energy Efficiency

It’s a fact that energy efficient features lower your monthly utility bills. Many of today’s new homes are rated by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), which assigns each home a score. This score is readily available to homebuyers to use when comparing the energy efficiency of homes.

In addition to the money-saving aspect an energy-efficient home provides, resale values are higher. According to Zillow’s Housing Trends Report, nearly half of homebuyers say that energy efficiency is a desirable feature in a home.

In fact, according to another major real estate conglomerate’s studies, homes with energy efficient features sell for 7 percent more than homes that lack these features.

2. Fewer Headaches

Why purchase a home that needs new paint, carpet, cabinets, appliances and flooring? In a new construction home everything is new. Everything is clean. No nasty grease smells, pet odors, scuffed up baseboards or well-worn floors.

Shoddy home maintenance isn’t a concern either because the home is brand new. With new construction purchases, the work is already done for you.  You don’t have to lift a finger (or hammer).  A big financial benefit to a new construction home is that you won’t have much maintenance to do for quite a while.  With modern, new appliances, plumbing, heating, and air, you should be able to live repair-free for a few years.  Then, many homebuilders will supply you with a one-year home warranty, especially if you ask for it. That kind of peace of mind is priceless.

3. The Opportunity to Customize

The ability to take a blank slate and impose one’s personal tastes onto it is the biggest reason many buyers choose a new construction home over an existing one.

Steve Poythress, with Poythress Homes states that with new construction, often times you can work with your builder to customize features that you may be able to choose including:

  • Location – often, you’ll pick which lot in the community you want to live in.  Are schools important to you?  How about your commute to work, or proximity to hospitals, RTP?  Plus you’ll get to place the home on your desired lot with a custom builder.
  • Selections -new technology, ceiling height cabinets, marble floors, granite or quartz counter tops, floating staircase? You get to select what you want from start to finish not what someone else has chosen.
  • Customization – having the ability to create your dream home specifically designed for you . Want more open space ? Want better energy efficient windows and appliances ? How about two bedrooms downstairs and a open floor plan. Poythress Homes give you the ability to create a personal home you’ve always dreamed about.  We call it building dreams.  From wall color to flooring to cabinetry, you’ll be making a lot of personalized decision when you purchase a new home.

Buying a new construction home is a buyer-centered experience. As an experienced new home buyer representative, I am happy to walk you through every step of the process to ensure you get the home of your dreams. 

Here is a picture of Steve now, showing off one of their master bath selections.

 

Forbes has a great article that also shares some of the potential drawbacks when purchasing a new construction home.  But for the best advice on what is best for you and your family, we will sit down and evaluate your goals and see which direction you should go with.

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