Top 10 Reasons to Buy New Homes vs. Pre-owned
Monday, 8 February 2021
Today’s new homes offer more benefits than ever before. Here are the Top 10 reasons why many homebuyers prefer new over pre-owned:
1. Design it Your Way
When you purchase pre-owned homes, what you see is what you get. Buying new on the other hand gives you the option of selecting your own cabinets, countertops, appliances, carpets, flooring and much more. When you build a brand-new home, you can choose the latest bath and kitchen fixtures, lighting and other options that you love. Whatever you choose, your new home will reflect your style, not the previous owners.
2. Choose a Plan and Layout that Meets Your Needs (and budget)
Need a three-bedroom layout upstairs instead of two? You got it! Want modern 9-foot ceilings with pot lights throughout the main level? Done! How about a bathroom with in-floor heating and a walk-in shower? Building new puts you in charge. Get all the things you want, leave out the things you don’t. Everything can be exactly the way you want it, without the stress of living in a renovation. It also means saving money. Besides the initial down payment, your mortgage payments don’t start until you move in!
3. A 10 Year Warranty Provides Peace of Mind
Along with meeting strict guidelines, reputable new home builders also partner with the Alberta New Home Warranty Program to not only stand behind the work they do, but also provide you, the new home-owner with peace of mind throughout the first years of living in your new home. Bonus - these warranties are also transferable to new owners in case you decide to sell within those first 10 years.
4. Energy and Cost Savings
Build new, and enjoy saving more on utility bills every month. Newer technology and stricter building standards means your new home will be equipped with energy saving features like double or triple paned windows, spray foam insulation, higher efficiency furnaces, and even high tech add-ons like HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) to further boost efficiency and lower utility costs. Energy Star Appliances that require less electricity to operate only further compliment your new home’s lower energy costs. In fact, a 2016 survey by the National Association of Homebuilders found that 90 percent of respondents listed Energy Star appliances as an essential or desirable feature in their most-wanted list.
5. Better Comfort and Indoor Air Quality
Today’s new homes are built to meet strict energy standards. Trades constructing the home are held to a much higher degree of aptitude and are required to meet codes that were not present in the past, especially when it comes to air quality and comfort. New homes are equipped with mandatory high-performance energy efficiency systems that use state-of-the-art ventilation and air filtration. The result is year-round, leak-free comfort without sacrificing indoor air quality.
6. Lower Maintenance
New homes are built using higher efficient materials that are designed to withstand more abuse. These building systems and components also require less care and maintenance. Another plus - these same building systems and components are designed and engineered to work together. That means less maintenance and worry about the longevity of your new home.
7. Community Amenities
Many don’t realize this but your new home, is in a community that also incorporates modern design and features. Did you know that many new communities are designed to be more walkable, meaning more paths, green spaces and accessibility? The same is true for commuters. New communities are designed to use less roads, and feature convenient and centralized amenities like parks, schools, and places of worship. Many new home communities also feature hiking trails, protected open lands and some of the best new schools and shopping centers.
8. Optimized Technology and Design
Some things in an older home might not make sense financially to update or renovate. While replacing the old single-pane windows with modern high-performance windows, or adding higher grade insulation might be feasible, other items like updating the HVAC system, Electrical or plumbing systems might be an investment you will never make back. Getting 9-foot ceilings may be out of the question for a pre-owned but it’s very much a reality (and often the norm) in new home builds.
9. Safety First
Circuit breakers that shut off to avoid short circuiting your electronics, Garage door openers that sense when a child is too near and stops automatically, Paints that use fewer volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), these are just some of the advancements in home construction that you and your family will appreciate when building new.
10. That New Home Feel
New homes offer the latest designs, style, comfort and quality. They provide a maintenance-free lifestyle so you can enjoy spending time in your home, not working on it. If you want a home that matches your needs and wants, without breaking the bank or spending months of your time as a renovator, a new home might just be your best option.
When you’re ready come visit our show homes and ask our experts to show you around. You’ll learn everything you need to make the right choice in buying your next home!
Check out www.axiseverything.ca or visit us at 8 Walden Lane S.E to learn more.