Whether you just haven’t found the right resale home, or you’re intrigued by the idea of getting to pick out all the details of your perfect home, there are a lot of great reasons to consider buying a new construction home. But it’s definitely not the right choice for everyone.
Here’s how to know buying new construction is right for you.
You Love Modern Layouts & Designs
We don’t mean the stark lines and simplicity of contemporary homes. Rather, by “modern layout” we simply mean that you like the idea of modern features such as open floorplans, eat-in kitchens, walk-in closets, and expanded master suites, rather than the close-and-cozy feel of older homes.
You Want to Be Able to Customize
If you have specific features, finishes, or details you’d like to have in your home, buying new construction could be a good idea. When you buy a resale home, you typically get what you get and it’s up to you to upgrade or redo once you’ve purchased the home. With new construction homes, you’re often given customization options for additional features, finishes, or even rooms.
You Find Energy Efficiency Important
Even homes not classified as “green” or “energy efficient” are built to higher standards of energy efficiency than older homes. Modern construction materials, like insulation, windows, and lighting, help increase the efficiency of a home. Plus, many new homes offer additional energy-saving benefits, like Energy Star appliances or low-flow faucets and showerheads.
You Like the Idea of a Low-Maintenance Move-In
When you buy a resale home, you might have some work to do before you move in (think: replacing old flooring, repainting, updating old appliances). When you move into a brand-new home, everything is done for you.
Bonus: When everything is new, you won’t have to worry about expensive replacements (HVAC, roof, plumbing, electric rewiring) for hopefully many years to come.
You Don’t Mind the Idea of a Drive
There’s a bit of a trade-off between location and new construction. Because city centers are usually pretty built up already, it can be hard to find new housing close to downtown areas. So if you want to be able to walk to shopping, dining, and entertainment, you might not get that with a brand-new home. But having a bit of a drive to work or play is okay with you, then it definitely opens up your options.
You’re Okay with Waiting a Bit
One of the biggest downsides to buying a new construction home is that, well, (usually) it’s not built yet. Which can mean waiting a bit for your perfect home. If you’re in a rush to find some place to live, new construction might not be right for you.