Some would say there are advantages to buying an older home. Equally, some would say there are benefits to buying a new home, instead. Siding with the idea of buying new, it can't be denied that older homes can become money pits as they age: HVAC systems break down, old windows invite heat and cold to enter, mold/mildew/termites can be hiding behind drywall, and structural problems can create a monetary nightmare. With that being said, here are five good reasons why buying a new home makes so much sense:
When one decides to purchase a new home, perks abound, and one of those perks would be customization. Buyers can participate in the process of creating a living space specifically tailored to one's personal preferences. Flooring, counter-tops, cabinetry and other niceties can be selected by the new-homeowner where one can display one's personal signature on the finished product. Even if a new home is already under construction, buyers can step in and select finishing touches before construction is completed.
The building envelope of new homes translates into impressive energy efficiency. New building codes demand much higher energy-efficiency standards, and top-quality new homes will meet or exceed energy-efficiency requirements. For example, a tighter-sealed building envelope prevents conditioned air (whether cool or warm) from escaping.
Low E windows have protective coatings that keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. High-efficiency HVAC systems along with sealed air ducts and programmable thermostats help the equipment operate with far more efficiency. When sustainable building products are combined as an entire energy-management system, homeowners win and so does the environment!
Reducing utility bills is of great interest to any home-owner, and newly-constructed homes which include 'green' systems and appliances allow homeowners to put more money in their pockets. Energy-Star appliances – whether stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, water heaters, furnaces, and AC systems – perform, collectively, to make a noticeable impact with reduced utility bills.
As a side note, emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants are greatly reduced when high-efficiency features are utilized. This leaves a smaller footprint on the environment.
Perhaps you know, first-hand, how ongoing maintenance and repairs in an older home can be emotionally and financially daunting. The monetary burden associated with remedying mold, faulty electrical systems, broken-down AC units, or termite or structural damage, for example, can run into many thousands of dollars. New homes, on the other hand, offer everything new – from the roof, to the plumbing, to HVAC systems, to electrical components. New homes are carefully inspected by building officials to ensure they fully comply with strict building codes.
You are the first to walk barefoot on your floors, the first to relax in your shiny new tub, and the first to use those gorgeous new appliances. That feeling of 'new' is one of excitement and anticipation in addition to peace of mind.
Many new homes are part of 'master-planned communities' which are exquisitely designed to offer a multitude of coveted amenities. Those amenities can include parks, bike and hike trails, community pools and clubhouses, golf courses, amphitheaters, easy access to schools and transit, lakeside living, and more.
In master-planned communities, the number and variety of amenities are, noticeably, above and beyond what one would experience in a conventional, subdivision plan or in an older, more traditional area.
Master-planned communities are about enjoying how one lives, where lakes or hike trails and thematic or seasonal events encourage family members to spend more quality time together as well as allowing neighbors to become better acquainted. The actual 'feel' of the community comes alive due to the elevated quality of life.
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