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Posted by Tori Thompson on January 1, 2022
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THINKING NEW BUILD OR NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME? LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PROS AND CONS

You know you’re ready for a new home, but you’re thinking should you buy it pre-loved or build it new? This is the first of many important decisions you’ll make during your home-buying journey. As with anything, there are pros and cons to consider as you make this important decision. I’m going to break down many of the pros and cons of new build homes, so that you can confidently decide if this is right for you. 

Let’s start with the pros:

1. MATERIAL AND STRUCTURAL WARRANTY

Many builders offer one-year material warranties, which means they’ll accept responsibility for some material defects and will come in and fix them at no cost to you. Sweet! Many builders also offer a 10-year structural warranty, where they guarantee the stability and function of the structure and foundation. As you visit different builders, be sure to discuss their warranty policies before making any decisions. It can be a game changer!

Plus, any appliances included in your home (furnace, water heater, central air system, and any kitchen appliances) will likely be covered for several years under manufacturers’ warranties.

2. NO BIDDING WAR

Look, it can be a jungle out there. Building a home can be a much simpler, stress-free solution for buyers experiencing house-hunting woes posed by fierce competition. It’s also a great solution for buyers in a seller’s market environment (when the number of buyers is more than the number of homes on the market).

3. CUSTOMIZATION

This is a biggie! Many home buyers go choose new build homes because this route allows many to get exactly what they want. When building a house from the ground up, you’ll get to personalize the details of your house – both exterior and interior. From the placement of lightbulbs and outlets to the style of cabinets, you call the shots! And sometimes, you’ll even get to choose the lot! After all, you know how you like to live better than anyone.

4. NOBODY HAS LIVED IN THE HOME

There’s something to be said about moving into a home that nobody has lived in before. No one has stepped foot (or paws) on your carpet, and no time has passed for anything to break or go wrong.

This is an extra bonus for lender incentives. BUT! A home-builder may recommend that you to use their preferred lender; yet you always get to choose your lender.

5. ENERGY EFFICIENCY

New builds are often built with more energy-efficient technology, like high-efficiency appliances, insulation, and air sealing. This will save you tons on energy bills! Plus, new builds are better for you — literally! New homes are less likely to have health concerns or toxic materials – you won’t have to worry too much about asbestos, lead paint, mold, and other nasty toxins. 

Now, let’s look at the other side of the build or buy conundrum:

6. LESS NEGOTIATING POWER

Negotiation is tricky business in real estate, and even more so when purchasing a new construction. Builders are reluctant to lower the base prices on homes because it will alter the comps for the entire development and have every other buyer looking for the same discount. They may, however, offer some design center discounts or financial incentives, so look for those instead!

This is where having your own real estate agent is especially important. An experienced agent knows the advantages and disadvantages of working with the different builders in your market and brings a creative mind to the negotiation table.

7. DELAYS

The construction process is highly dependent on weather conditions, so Nature dictates your closing date more than any party of the contract. 

8. WHAT BUILDER WILL YOU CHOOSE?

How do you spot a reputable home builder? References. Reputation. Years in Business. Be sure to do your research and always get an independent inspection. It’s a couple hundred dollar investment, and let me tell ya, it’s well worth the cost! 

9. DON’T GO OVERBOARD ADDING CUSTOMIZATIONS

Customization are glitz and glam but can only go so far; there’s a good chance you’ll have to choose between the number of finishes presented by the builder and the overall build time needed to complete the home with or without customizations. When making the selections for new build homes, you may even determine a complete custom build to be a better fit. Then, that leads to another question, choosing from new build homes or designing a custom home? We can get into that later.

10. UPGRADES ARE EXPENSIVE

Unexpected out-of-pocket expenses have a way of sneaking up on home buyers. Be prepared for this expense, during design changes if you want to upgrade your home, because the base price that’s listed on the signs typically does not include optional add-ons like a fireplace or an extra bedroom. 

Pro tip! 

Ask about landscaping and fencing. Unfinished landscaping or fencing will have to be finished at your own cost, which is definitely not cheap! Always check with your Realtor.

11. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Developers often build new suburban developments on open land, removed from city centers. Ask yourself, does the community and local area conveniently provide access for a quick to run to the grocery store or chances to hit your favorite coffee shop?

Here’s the bottom line: It pays to take the time to consider all of these factors before jumping into your home-buying journey. Whether obtaining a new build home, building from a custom design from scratch or buying a previously-loved home, the best decision you can make is an informed one. You got this and I am here to help. If you are ready, book a discovery call with me today!

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