No matter your life stage, whether you are looking to buy your first home, have a growing family, are retiring, or are just looking to upgrade, buying new construction is the best choice. Here are my top ten reasons why new construction is the route I almost always advise my clients to take:
- BESPOKE AND TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS
Everyone’s taste is different, and styles change. Buying a used home means you are buying into another person’s idea of style and design. Redoing a kitchen or bathroom may seem like a fun project, but for most people the expense and disruption caused is enough to drive them crazy. Buying a newly constructed home means you can choose your cabinets, your perfect flooring, the marble countertops you have always dreamed of. Your new home will reflect your style, not someone else’s taste.
- CHOOSE A FLOOR PLAN AND ROOM LAYOUT THAT MEETS YOUR NEEDS
While most of the new construction developments in South Florida comprise of fully designed and laid out homes, homebuyers can choose from a variety of models and layouts. Take time to evaluate each model and pick the one that best meets your needs. Are walk-in closets a must, or is a spa-like bathroom the clincher? There is a model that meets all of your criteria, we just have to find it!
- ALL NEW, UNDER WARRANTY
Buying someone else’s home means you are buying all of the choices they have made in terms of property maintenance as well as all of their appliances and fixture choices. Roofs wear out as do water heaters, air conditioning units, dishwashers, and all of the other essentials. By buying new construction you will avoid unexpected maintenance and you can rest assured that everything will be covered by a warranty, so you are much less likely to have unexpected bills. This alone is enough to sway many homebuyers towards a new build.
- ENERGY AND COST SAVINGS
Here in South Florida most people run their air conditioning around the clock, and therefore their utility bills are a significant monthly expense. If you think about the cost of your utility bill over the time you intend to live in the home, you will see that the savings made by buying a new energy-efficient home will be significant. In fact, there have been great improvements in home efficiency in just the last 5 years, so why settle for drafty, energy-wasting, single-pane windows in a used home? Many newly constructed homes offer double or even triple-pane windows. Special window coatings and inert gases between the layers of glass are often available, saving you even more energy and money.
- BREATHE EASY
Every new home that is built in South Florida today must meet rigorous energy standards and codes and meet numerous health and safety standards. They combine high-performance energy efficiency with state-of-the-art ventilation and air filtration. The result in all new construction is year-round, draft-free comfort and higher indoor air quality.
- LOW MAINTENANCE
New cars today are computer-designed and computer-equipped. That’s why they perform much more reliably than a car that’s 15 or 20 years old. Homes are the same. Today’s new homes have open floor plans and high ceilings that reflect the way we live today. They’re also made of cutting-edge building products that require less care and maintenance. Another plus? The latest building systems and components are designed and engineered to work together.
- HOTEL GRADE AMENITIES
Many of the new gated communities here in South Florida have luxurious common areas and outstanding facilities. These can include access to golf clubs, pools and shared entertaining areas. Many new home communities also feature hiking trails, protected open lands and some of the best new schools and shopping near (or even within) your new home community.
- MODERN MATERIALS AND DESIGNS ARE BETTER
Old single pain windows let heat in and leak cold out. So you will want to ensure that your new home has double glazed and hurricane rated glass throughout. It is certainly possible to replace all the windows in a home and retro fit insulation into the roof but its expensive and disruptive.
- HIDDEN DANGERS
You can’t see most of your home’s electrical wires, or the inside of your furnace and a he numbers of fires are started every years by these two things alone. Buying a new home means you don’t have to worry about electrical shorts or carbon monoxide leaking from your furnace.
- THAT NEW CAR SMELL
Homes absorb their occupant’s style and tastes. If you buy a used home you will be buying another person or family’s choices. You may learn to love the bright red bedroom wall or the stained countertops. But its more likely that you will want to rip them out and start over. With new construction your home is a blank canvas for your taste, so buy new construction and turn your house into your perfect home.