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Some Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a New Home

The new homebuyers are usually faced with the option to buy a new home or that existing home. There are various factors that a potential homebuyer should consider before one makes a decision. Here are the things that you need to know when you would own a new home to having an existing one.

The design as well as the layout is one thing that you must consider. The new homes would tend to have such extras like bigger closets, larger rooms and bathrooms. There are various extra options too such as the kind of paint color, the type of the cabinets, the custom wiring for phones, appliances, computers, flooring and a lot more. Modern features like walk-in closets, extra bathrooms and several others are available when you build a new house. With those existing homes, you would have the previous owner’s design as well as layout. Upgrades and also renovations would tend to be quite expensive too. For those who want to have heritage homes such as the Victorian hoes that come with hardwood floors and high ceilings, they may go for the existing homes.

Even if the existing homes are a lot cheaper to buy, you should know that they require more maintenance and this can certainly increase the costs. Those new homes often have durable materials like aluminum siding and also pressure treated wood decks that need no or little maintenance for several years. The new homes are usually constructed with materials requiring just little or no maintenance. The purchase price for such existing home is usually more negotiable.

Often, those new homes with no costs or just little cost in plumbing, roofing, wiring and heating systems. The existing homes may also need upgrades and repairs too.

Also, there are a lot of homebuilders that provide warranties ranging from eight to ten years. Such warranties will cover the issues that are associated with problems in construction. Also, the new appliances like the refrigerators and stoves will be under the manufacturer’s warranty. Those existing homes don’t have warranties.

The new homes have improved insulation, better windows as well as air filtration systems and there is more efficient heating as well as cooling system. The existing homes aren’t very energy-efficient. They often come with poorer air circulation which means that more energy is used.

The new home subdivisions are built or made to provide various community extras like parks, schools, swimming pools and playgrounds that are just nearby. Those existing homes don’t have such kind of luxury.

Depending on the location, the new homes are able to meet weather as well as geological standards for tornadoes, hurricanes, flash floods, earthquakes and more. But the existing homes are not able to meet these things.