For many prospective home buyers, the idea of a brand new home is highly appealing. While some people may relish the challenge of renovating or maintaining an older property, for others that venture would be entirely too intimidating, time-consuming, and costly.
Home design has come a long way from what it was 20 or 30 years ago. Where houses used to have one bathroom designed for function and a closed-off design, now it’s all about the open concept design and making bathrooms rooms you actually want to spend time in. Because trends in home building come and go, a new build home is a perfect option for someone who is looking for a design planned for today’s lifestyles.
A newly built house offers many benefits, and these benefits are usually what tips buyers into choosing new construction instead of purchasing resale.
Here are seven reasons why buying a new home is right for you:
#1. It’s a blank slate.
When you buy a new home, you’re getting a blank canvas. There are no holes in the walls, the appliances are unused, and everything is pristine. You won’t be spending any time fixing or cleaning parts of the house that need repairs or updating. When building with Westcott Homes, depending on the community, you have the choice of anywhere from two to four color packages. Packages include options like cabinet color, countertops and flooring…plenty of quality selections to choose from!
The key is that you’re not moving in and having to undo things that have been done by the previous owner that may not be to your taste. Just move in, unpack, and you’re ready to go!
#2. You can customize to your tastes.
One of the most enjoyable parts of building a new home is the ability to have things done your way — starting with the floor plan. With Westcott Homes, you get to choose from several floor plans available in each community.
When purchasing a resale property, the layout and flow of the space are already decided, whereas you have flexibility with a new home. Whether you want two master suites, a luxury spa bathroom, or an open plan kitchen and dining space, you can work with your builder to find the plan that meets your needs.
Once you have the floorplan nailed down, then you can really start to put your stamp on your home. From color selections to smart home features, buying a new home means you have options that reflect your style and taste — not someone else’s.
#3. Your home will be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Homes built today are far more energy efficient than ones that were built even just 5 years ago let alone 10 or 20 years. Things like appliances, furnaces, cooling units, and windows have all continually become more efficient, and a new home means you get to reap the benefits. Energy efficiency can also bring significant cost savings each month — which is money that can go towards decorating your new pad!
#4. You’ll have a new home warranty.
There is no denying that a new home warranty gives you a huge piece of mind when you’re buying. When you buy a new home, the house and the products that make it up are not only brand new but under warranty as well.
A resale home is going to have things that need replacing, and it will be on your dime. Make no mistake, some of these items can be very costly. A new roof, furnace, appliances, or a water heater are all going to require a solid chunk of money to replace, and not everyone will have the funds required to do these things right away. When you buy a new home, not only are all of the materials brand new and won’t need replacing for many years to come, on the off chance something does happen, you have your new home warranty that will cover any defects.
#5. You can incorporate advanced technology.
Smart homes are a big trend in home building, so buying new means you get some of the latest and greatest technology. While a resale home can be retrofitted and upgraded to include new technology and design, it will come at a cost.
A smart home is a residence that can have appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio and video systems, and security systems that are capable of communicating with one another. If you’re buying a new home, you have the power to have many of these features built into your home from day one. This can make a big difference with the comfort and convenience of your home and have a positive impact on resale value later on down the line.
#6. Your home is built to the latest standards.
Over time, building standards change and evolve, so what was considered up to code 20 years ago may no longer be considered up-to-date. Whether it’s the electrical, the plumbing, or the building materials used, a newly built home means that the latest standards have been implemented and inspected.
#7. It’s low maintenance.
The older the home, the more maintenance it will likely require. Who wants to spend their weekends fixing drafty windows or painting the siding when they could be out enjoying themselves?
With building products also evolving, more items are being designed for longevity. For example, no longer do you have to go with the standard wood deck that will need to be stained and sealed every year. Composite decking is a perfect low maintenance solution that requires little to no maintenance. A new build home is exactly that: new. That means that there’s nothing to repair or upgrade. Just move in, and start living your life!
Check out the Westcott Homes homeowners manual for more information on home maintenance right here.