Looking for a dream home can be an exciting, stressful, and sometimes exhausting. Sometimes you just can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in older homes that have been designed for other people. The amount of remodeling you might need in order to make the place feel like home may not feel worth it. If that’s the case, you may find yourself considering a new construction home. New construction homes are homes that have never been lived in by anyone before, often built for the homebuyer themselves. There are advantages and disadvantages to this kind of home.
Pro: New and Move-In Ready
When it comes to buying a house there are “move-in ready” homes and “fixer uppers.” A fixer upper might cost less but requires remodeling that could add up very quickly. A move-in ready house is a home that will need no work in order to make it your own. You can move in as soon as the closing agreement allows and you and your family can start to enjoy your life there. In a new construction home, everything is updated and likely already suited to your preferences. All you have to do is move in. Well, mostly.
Con: Limited Customization
When it comes to a new construction, you do have a lot of say as far as how the house will look. However, you don’t have limitless options when it comes to the look and feel of your home. Builders will often let you choose between one or two wall colors and beyond that, you’ll probably have to repaint. There might be certain additions that they can’t make halfway through the project or that aren’t feasible with the original plans. Even with new construction, you may have to make some compromises when it comes to your dream home or put some things off for a later project.
Pro: A Modern Home
There’s also something convenient and comfortable about having a home with all modern features and amenities. This will certainly be true of new construction. Because it’s being built now, it will be built with all the advances in energy efficiency, home comfort, and convenience available today. Trends like open layouts and lots of natural light will also be more likely found in new constructions. This will make your home feel fresh and comfortable and make it a big hit with your friends and family when you’re able to have guests over.
Con: A Young Landscape
Don’t expect lush trees and greenery the moment you move in. Depending on the season, you might have something more like a small sapling of a tree still trying to grow. Trees take time, and lawns can take time, which means your lawn might look a little bare to begin with. You can impact this downside by moving in during winter or spring or by having a synthetic turf installed, but for many homeowners, it’s just not the same as a real, lush lawn.
Pro: Low Maintenance
Because everything in the new construction home is new, up-to-date, and as efficient as possible, you won’t have to worry too much about maintenance and repairs over the next few years. You should be able to enjoy a few years in that house before you’ll have to replace anything or call out a maintenance person to have it repaired. And in those few years, you can live in comfort while also saving money so that the repairs don’t hit as hard as they might if it came suddenly.
Con: Lack of Character
Some homebuyers prefer to find a home with “character.” They like the quirks and the history that comes with an older home. A home with old windows or Victorian architecture can be hard to find in new construction. Instead, everything will look new and streamlined, which might not be ideal for every homeowner.
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