If you’re thinking about buying a home, you may begin your search by looking at a diverse array of properties. Even if you know you want a move in ready home, you may be comparing new construction homes to remodeled homes built in the 70s. There are pros and cons to both; however, more and more buyers are gravitating towards new construction communities as the prices of existing homes continue to increase. Below you will find eight great reasons to consider a new construction home.
1. Energy Efficiency
New homes are much more energy efficient than older homes. First of all, new homes are well insulated. They also come with brand new HVAC systems. This means not only is the system designed to be more efficient, but there is less energy waste because the home is well-insulated. Additionally, new homes have brand spanking new windows. In older homes up to 30% of your utility bill may be going straight out the window. Furthermore, we’ve come a long way in terms of creating more energy efficient appliances. In a new home it’s likely that almost all of your appliances will be energy star certified. Even if they’re not, the appliances of 2018 are simply more efficient than older models. All of these items add up to serious savings on your utility bills. I wouldn’t be surprised if you compared two homes of the same size, one built in the 1970s and another built this year, and the 70s home utility bills are twice that of the brand new home.
2. Modern Finish Out
With a new construction home, you will likely have more modern finishes. You may or may not have something that matches your exact tastes (I’ll touch on that point later), but you certainly aren’t going to have mustard yellow formica countertops. You will also have a modern floor plan that meets the needs of today’s buyers. Builders are listening and creating homes with open floor-plans, larger closets and bonus-spaces for the kids. In older homes, you may not even have a master bedroom, and if you do, the bath may be quite small.
One of the biggest lures for buyers thinking about buying a brand new home are the warranties. When you buy a new construction home, there is usually a builder warranty. There may be additional warranties from sub-contractors for items like the HVAC and plumbing. Also, you will likely have warranties for all of your appliances. At minimum, most new homes offer a one-year builder’s warranty. This will cover almost every aspect of your home. If something stops working or doesn’t look quite right, you have peace of mind knowing you can call someone to get it taken care of with no cost to you.
4. Less Maintenance
Similarly, new homes require less maintenance. When you purchase an older home, it may be filled with surprises, and I’m not talking about the good kind. Things like rusty pipes can lead to costly repairs, and it’s often quite difficult for an inspector to evaluate all elements of a home when he or she is simply doing a visual inspection. When you buy a new home, you have a pretty good idea of the lifespan of the various aspects of your home. You know the AC should last for about 15 years and the roof should be good for about the same amount of time. With an older home, you can have sudden unexpected repair costs that happen in the first year turning your dream of installing marble countertops to dust.
Another top reason that buyers gravitate towards new construction homes is the idea of customization. Having the exact home that matches your family’s needs and design tastes is a common aspiration. Unfortunately, many buyers have unrealistic ideas of the depth of the customization with new homes. Unless you are having a true custom home built, you won’t be able to customize everything. However, you often will have the liberty to make some design choices. With a new home, you often are able to choose your paint color, floors, tile selections, and countertops. You may be able to add an extra room or further customize selections such as bath and light fixtures. These choices often come at a price; but new homes do offer you the ability to personalize your house.
6. Builder Perks
Purchasing a new construction home may have economic benefits too. Oftentimes builders offer incentives to entice home owners to purchase one of their units. These incentives can come in many forms. Builder sales goals may provoke simple price drops, or the builder may offer more complex deals to make the purchase more affordable. Offering to pay for the title policy or other closing costs is common practice among many Austin area builders. Some builders offer free upgrades to make your customizations more luxurious, and other home builders even offer specific benefits for teachers, police officers and fireman.
When I purchased a new construction home last year, I immediately fell in love with this one thing that has become one of my favorite aspects of my new place: a USB wall outlet. I know, it sounds simple enough but this little piece of technology is so useful. There is one in the kitchen and a few more in the bedrooms. No searching around for one of those little white apple boxes in this home, we can plug our devices straight into the wall. In older homes, you may not even have enough outlets to charge all of your devices. New homes are much more tech friendly. They are wired to meet the needs of today’s buyers with multiple outlets, practical places for wifi routers and walls designed for flat screens to be mounted.
Last but not least, new homes are safer than older homes. New construction homes must be built to current building codes. Older houses do not have to be brought up to code. In an older home you may have lead based paint or asbestos siding. New homes are built with materials that are better for you, and in a way that minimizes the risk of accidents. There are safety mechanisms on almost every item that could cause harm. Outlets are all GFCI protected, there are mechanisms on your hot water heater to prevent over pressurizing or over-heating, and there are smoke detectors in every room.
If you’re considering purchasing a new home in the Austin area, I’d love to discuss the best communities for your needs with you. Alternatively, you can search all new homes for sale in the Austin area here.
9/26/2018 06:48:46 pm
What you said about new homes are safer, was really interesting to me. This is what I am trying to tell my brother. His family is growing and he needs to ensure that his kids are secured and healthy at home.
9/4/2019 02:27:09 pm
How beneficial to know that you don't have to worry about rusted pipes or costly repair. One of my brothers was thinking of renovating his old house. I will suggest him to save the money to purchase a new home.
4/8/2020 10:30:16 am
My daughter and her husband are wanting to move out of their townhome this summer and move into a home! It's wonderful to read that the AC units in new homes last about 15 years, and other appliances won't need instant repairs. It sounds like finding a home builder in Lakeville with new construction could be good.
4/20/2020 05:43:28 pm
If you're budget can afford a new home, why not purchase it then. I agree, that for safety reasons, brand new homes are a great choice.
5/18/2020 03:10:24 pm
It's great that you elaborate on the fact that new homes have better energy-efficiency than old ones. I want to consume as little energy as possible when I live in my next house, so I'm thinking about having a new one built. I'm going to look for a good contractor in my area that can build a new home for me.
7/20/2020 10:46:52 am
It's cool that you elaborate on the fact that new construction homes have great energy-efficiency. I'd like to keep my utility bills low when I buy my first house, so I'm thinking about purchasing a new construction home. I'm going to search for a good business in my area that can help me buy a new construction home.
9/28/2020 01:57:13 pm
It's valuable that you point out that new homes require less maintenance than old ones. I'd like to purchase a house that is still in good condition, so I'm considering having a new home built for me. I'm going to look for a reputable business in the area that can build a new home for me.
2/5/2021 02:58:17 pm
It is interesting that this post stressed that one of the benefits of new home builds is that we can make our home more energy efficient. My wife and I are planning to lead a more sustainable life and we are looking to make our home energy efficient to help reduce the electricity and utility bills. After reading about the benefits of building a new home, I will definitely speak with my wife about it to propose the idea.
2/11/2021 03:16:53 pm
My cousin has been thinking about buying a new home because he wants to make sure that he can get the right materials for the area. Making sure that they can get some help from a professional to find a new home could be really useful. It was interesting to learn about how they can have the right flat screen that can be mounted in a new home because they have the right technology.
7/12/2021 12:20:17 pm
I had no idea that some home builders will give benefits to firemen and teachers. My friend is a firefighter and his wife is a teacher. They even brought up last week how they want to get a new house so I'll pass this information on to them.
It got me when you said that new construction home buildings will have a USB wall outlet. I would love that to make it easier for me to charge my devices, since I am very reliant on my devices. Hopefully, I can find a house like that next year once I have saved enough money for this huge purchase for the past three years.
12/16/2021 02:15:43 pm
Thanks for pointing out that new homes are much more energy-efficient than older homes. My husband and I want to have our own space for our five kids so this is helpful. We are hoping to find a real estate agent on Monday so we can achieve our dreams of buying a two-story house with a big yard in February.
7/27/2022 03:08:46 pm
I like how you mentioned that one of the top benefits of a new home is that it likely will have more modern finishes. I would think that it would be a good idea to consider building your own home if you are wanting to purchase a new one. Building your own home will allow you to have complete control over the design choices.
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