Why New Construction Might Be the Right Choice for You

You have worked hard, sacrificed, saved your money and now you are ready to buy a home. There are so many factors to consider and tough decisions to make. The whole idea of buying a home is exhilarating and sometimes daunting at the same time. One of the critical decisions you will have to make is whether to buy an older home in an established community or new construction in an up and coming area. There are pros and cons to each, of course. In the end, your decision may come down to personal taste. While you are thinking it over, consider a few of these undeniable advantages inherent in a newly-constructed home..

 

Contemporary Floor Plans

Today’s buyers are almost unanimous in their desire to live in homes with “open concept” floor plans and they are more than willing to grab a sledgehammer and knock down walls to achieve the open look and feel. Assuming they are not load-bearing, knocking down walls is fairly cheap and a great way to let off a little steam.The expenses start rising quickly, however, when you go to refinish the space and pull it all together visually with matching materials.With new construction, this will not be a problem.Almost all builders today are constructing new homes in line with modern sensibilities and preferences.That equates to open spaces with tons of natural light and combined great rooms/kitchens that allow for comfortable entertaining and the ability to keep a watchful eye on children while preparing meals.

A Blank Slate for Your Vision

A newly-built home allows you to summon your inner decorator and go to work in decorating the home of your dreams. With new construction, there is no need to spend endless hours tearing off old wallpaper, ripping up wall-to-wall carpeting and wondering when you will ever get enough money together for updated kitchens and bathrooms. What the average price of a simple kitchen remodel in North Carolina is over $20,000, and bathrooms run at least $10,000.It takes most homeowners years to put together this much extra money.Why not start your life as an owner with brand new kitchens and bathrooms that will look good for decades?Save your money for the finishing touches that will help make your house a home.

 

Cost-Saving Energy Efficiency

There is simply no comparing the built-in energy efficiency in new homes vs. older homes. Even a house built in the 1990s or early 2000s cannot stand up to the energy-efficient features in today’s new construction.Much older homes often cost a small fortune to heat and cool.In new construction, everything from appliances to windows, insulation, roofs, HVAC systems, and lighting take advantage of the latest technologies to create energy-efficient homes with reduced utility expenses.

Low Maintenance

New construction shines, glistens and gleams and comes packaged in a pretty new bow. Older homes come with an extensive list of deferred maintenance items in need of attention.Seemingly minor repair and maintenance tasks often unearth hidden problems inherent in an aging structure and, before you know it, your dream home has morphed into a big money pit.If you prefer to hold onto your money and spend your free time with family and friends pursuing other activities and interests, then new construction might be your best bet.

 

Home Owner Warranty Programs

What is a homeowner to do if that beautiful home you bought is springing leaks every time it rains? If you purchased an older home, you probably took title to the property “as is” which means you have no recourse and better figure out a way to pay for a new roof – and soon. Owners of new construction have protection against defects in workmanship and materials through Home Owner Warranty Programs paid for by the builder. They also have the peace of mind that comes in having that protection.

Older homes can be charming and a welcome challenge for a buyer who can handle the added expense and responsibility of owning an older home. If you are not that person or lack the cash reserves, resources, talent, and motivation to become that person, consider the advantages of buying new construction and take the first steps toward a stress-free, low-maintenance lifestyle that will leave you with the extra time and money to pursue all your dreams.