Now is clearly a great time to sell, but when you do, how will you find a new home to move into while inventory is so low? With so few homes for sale and construction of newly built homes ramping up, you may be wondering if you should consider new construction in your search process. It’s a great question to ask, and one to look at from the pros and cons of what it means to buy a new home versus an existing one. Here are a few things to consider when making your decision, while always remembering to work with your trusted real estate professional along the way
Purchasing a Newly Built Home
When buying a new home, you can often choose more energy-efficient options
. New appliances, new windows, a new roof, etc. These can all help lower your energy costs, which can add up to significant savings over time. With programs like ENERGY STAR
, a new home also helps protect the environment and reduces your carbon footprint. Lower maintenance
that comes with a newer home is another great benefit. When you have a new home, you likely won’t have as many little repairs to tackle, like leaky faucets, shutters to paint, and other odd jobs around the house. With new construction, you’ll also have warranty options that may cover portions of your investment for the first few years.
Another solid benefit to new construction is customization
. Do you want a mudroom, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, an office, or a multi-purpose room? These items can be customized to your specific needs during the design phase. With an existing home, you’re buying something that’s already completed, so if you want to make changes, you may need to hire a contractor to help get your home ready.
Buying an Existing Home
When buying an existing home (one that’s already been built), you can negotiate with the current homeowner on price
, which is something you generally don’t get to do with a builder. Builders know their material and construction costs, and they have a price set for the model you’re buying. So, if you want to negotiate, an existing home is likely your best option.
For some buyers, moving into an established neighborhood
may be important. If you’d like to get a better sense of things like general traffic patterns in the area and the feel of the community before making a commitment, you might prefer an existing home. When you buy new construction, you won’t always have a full view into some of these details until the lots around you are sold.
Finally, timing comes into play. With an existing home, you can move in based on the timeline you agree to with the sellers
, rather than waiting for the house to be built. Depending on the time of the year you’re buying and the region you’re in, the weather can also be a factor in the timeframe. This is something to keep in mind, especially if you need to move sooner rather than later. With COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, some areas for new construction have been on a delay.
Whether you want to buy a newly built home or one that’s already established, both are great options. They each have their pros and cons, and every buyer will have different circumstances driving their decision. If you have questions and want to know more about the options in our area, let’s work together so you can feel confident about your next home.