Many home buyers assume that building a new home takes too long or costs too much, but with the variety of building methods available today, new homes are more affordable than you might think, and custom modular and panelized homes can often be built in weeks, not months.
Even finding land is easier today, as many builders offer lots and build packages. So, before you rule out building your dream home, consider these advantages to new home construction.
Benefits of Building a New Home
Aside from the fact that it is, well, brand new, and no one else has lived in it, here are just a few of the added benefits of building a new home.
Designed Around You. When you build a new home, you get exactly what you want. You choose a floor plan and layout that meets your needs, as well as cabinets, countertops, appliances, paint colors, flooring and fixtures to match your preferences and tastes. The opportunities to customize your space are virtually limitless.
Modern. The floor plans in older homes are often obsolete, built with formal dining and living rooms, not enough bathrooms and compartmentalized spaces. New homes feature modern layouts with open floor plans, high ceilings, large family rooms, spacious kitchens and ample bathrooms.
Low Maintenance. While older homes are more likely to require repairs or have products that need replacing, everything in a new home is brand new, so you can enjoy your home, not work on it. In addition, most builders provide a 1- to 10-year warranty to eliminate the anxiety of unexpected expenses.
Energy Efficient. New homes are more energy efficient than homes built even just five years ago. Take windows for instance. Rather than the single-pane windows found in older homes, double and triple-pane windows with special glass coatings and inert gases between the layers of glass are used in new construction. In addition, most new homes are built with greener more efficient appliances, toilets and fixtures, so they save you money on utility bills and protect the environment.
Built Better & Safer. A new home may actually be healthier for you, since there is far less risk of toxic materials, such as asbestos, lead paint and mold. Today’s cabinets, carpets and paints use fewer volatile organic compounds, and state-of-the-art building materials require less care and maintenance. New homes also meet stringent energy standards and building codes that did not exist before. Even indoor air quality is better.