Considering a new construction home? If so, you make up 41% of the U.S. population who prefers a "new" home compared to a re-sale home, states Forbes. So what are the pros and cons?
1. You’re able to have the builder customize the home before construction is completed, so it will be built with your personal touch and painted in your color palette – a big bonus!
2. With new construction or pre-construction purchases, the work is done for you. You don’t have to lift a finger, a paint brush, or a hammer.New homes come with some of the design elements that today’s lifestyle demands: open, eat-in kitchens, walk-in closets, and large master baths to name a few.
3. A big financial benefit of new properties is that you won’t have to do much maintenance. With brand new appliances, plumbing, heating, and air, you should be repair free for at least a few years.
4. Utilizing new construction materials, just-built homes are usually more energy efficient; that means potentially lower utility bills.
5. New homes and condos are often equipped with the latest technology built right in – think alarm systems, speaker systems, Internet wiring, and cable – saving you lots of time, money, and holes in the walls.
6. You’re moving into a house that should be totally complete and absolutely perfect. That “new house smell” is definitely a luxury!
1. Brand new homes can cost more – sometimes up to 20% more than a similar existing home.
2. All those fabulous amenities you saw in the model can really add up. Upgraded features are marked up heavily for the construction company’s profit and can end up costing you far more than you ever intended.
3. Many new construction neighborhoods and developments are built far from necessary destinations like schools and your usual supermarkets and shopping centers. Also, if you’re one of the first to move in, you’re essentially going to be living in a construction zone for years to come.
4. If you’re looking for a lovely, quaint, tree-lined older neighborhood that has a well-established community of neighbors, you won’t get it for many years in a new development.
5. Often, new homes have less architectural detail and charm that many older homes.New properties may not excite buyers who like to do lots of customizing and upgrading themselves. Those who take pleasure in fixing up a home or tailoring it to their preferences might find that brand new homes aren’t a good fit.
6. New homes are built on smaller lots than most older homes. If you’re looking for that big backyard – and lots of space between your house and the next door neighbor’s – you may not find it in a new build.
If you're unable to decide, please reach out! I'd love share the connections I have in our local market. If new construction is something you're considering, I have relationships with several, major builders in south Louisiana and can share with you my experience working with them. A licensed real estate agent can review plans, contracts, and help you decide on lenders, inspectors, and title companies, to ensure a smooth process with what ever home you choose. No question is a stupid one! Please consider me as a resource to you and your family in your home search.
Unsure of where to start when it comes to financing? Please reach out to my AMAZING lending partner, Jami Delvalle, with GoGSF Mortgage for a FREE loan consultation today! Call or text (504) 272-5035 or e-mail [email protected]
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