Buying new or used is a debate for just about anything you buy. Whether it is buying a car, a refrigerator, a stove or even a new or used bike, there are pros and cons for each. The most significant purchase most people will ever make is a home. When it comes to a house is it a better choice to buy an existing house or build a new house?
What are some advantages of buying an existing home?
Since the beginning of home building, development has gone through many types of trends and codes.
There is a good possibility that the home builder of an older home took great pride in building the right way. Many new builds are planned to save money and often look very similar to homes in the area.
People built existing homes when there was more space in towns and cities. Having more space allowed for more extensive yards and more space between neighbors. Many new build communities try to fit as many houses into a neighborhood as possible, not allowing much real estate between houses.
Many existing homes built in previous eras used different kinds of construction. Existing dwellings used wood paneling, front porches with big pillars, varieties of materials or different finishes that modern building doesn’t apply.
Builders created existing homes in more established neighborhoods. Neighbors will stay longer in those neighborhoods, so you will get the chance to know your neighbors and develop relationships with them.
In established neighborhoods, trees have grown for many generations and have been able to mature into taller trees that could give shade and protection from the elements.
What are some advantages to getting a New Construction home?
Just like a new car or refrigerator, it is meant to last. Unless there are manufacture defects, you should have to do low maintenance in your home for at least 10 to 20 years.
The beautiful thing about building a new home is that you can customize the home the way you want it before you make it. If you have lots of kids, you can plan to have more rooms. If you are more about entertaining, you can build the house with more open spaces for entertaining. Before creating a home, you are given almost unlimited options from the type of walls, to the amount of cabinetry, to a three-car garage.
Many new build homes come with a warranty that guarantee’s their artistry. A good builder will stand behind their product.
Built To Code
When you make a new home, everything must be up to code. Most of the time, law and systems are there to ensure the safety of the people that live there, so lawmakers write new or stricter codes to protect the home owner’s in new construction.
There are benefits and drawbacks for any home. In the end, it will depend on your needs and wants on which plan will work for you.