Buying in Florida

Reasons Why a New Home Can or Can Not Be Better than an Established Property

Prospective home buyers often wonder whether a new or existing home will best suit their needs.

Reason to consider why to buy a new construction in a new community. 

1. Floor plans suited for today’s lifestyles

Homes are often bigger now than in the past. The living room and family rooms are not separated any more. The floor plan in new homes is very likely to be open to living area and kitchen with one room flowing into another. Rooms are likely to be larger in general and designed for families to enjoy together. Kitchens are often larger, with an eat-in area included. Homes usually have more storage, including larger closets, and a media room.

2. Build for better technology

New homes also can reflect our modern, plugged-in lifestyles. Many come with a bonus room that can be used as a home office, and some also have technologically advanced features such as walls that are pre-wired for flat-screen TVs and other entertainment and security system. Today’s homes even have more outlets than those constructed in the past.

3. Safer, more energy-efficient products

Homes built today are constructed to meet today’s more stringent building codes. Materials used are often safer than those used in the past. Homeowners won’t run the risk of encountering costly problems like lead paint and asbestos that could cause serious health problems. New homes are 30% more energy efficient than existing homes, according to the Department of Energy and the U.S. Census. In addition, homes have better air quality than ever before, thanks to better ventilation and products.

4. New subdivisions with appealing amenities

New homes are often located in new subdivisions. Many of these have covenants and Homeowners Associations that help protect buyers’ investments. Often, residents will have the benefit of amenities such as a community pool, clubhouse, gym, jogging trail, playground, tennis courts, or other facilities. These features can add greatly to enjoyment of a home and subdivision, and they can give residents invaluable opportunities to socialize and get to know their neighbors. When there are several new neighbors moving in, it can be easier to get to know everyone.

5. No maintenance worries

New homes have the advantage of less maintenance issues. Over time, even the most well maintained home will develop problems that need to be addressed. These can be costly in terms of money as well as time. With a new home, owners are likely to be free of major repairs for at least the first few years. And many times, a warranty will be included in the cost of a new home, so if something does go wrong, the builder will fix or replace it at no cost to the buyer.

Reason to consider existing construction home in establish community:

1. You know your neighbors and conditions of community you are considering to move in is a big buying point. No surprises after moving to a new home what happen 3 years later. Homeowner association board restrictions, demographic of your closest neighbors, can be also a big unknown question? Everything looks fabulous on colorful display in builder office. What happen later can surprise you…

2. The quality construction itself. Many a new homes needs structural repairs 3 years later due to ground and foundation movements. After a few years the original builder needs come back and make repairs of wall damages and cracks on the floors. Most likely it happen during warranty cover, but you are a new home owner having the headache.

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