March 19, 2019
There are so many things to consider when house hunting, and the foremost might be whether to buy new or used. Americans seem virtually split between wanting to buy a newly built home vs. a resale – some have the time and talent to roll up their sleeves and replace, renovate, repair and refurbish. But just as many would rather start from the foundation up and choose the design, floor plan and cool, personalized options before and during construction.
For anyone considering a newly built home, we collected some of the top benefits of buying a new home, over a used or resale home.
All New Systems, Products and Designs
A used home likely has worn and weary products that may soon need replacing or repairing. Your new home — and everything in it — is brand-new and under warranty. You should know if you’re house hunting the approximate cost to replace a roof ($5,000 to $12,000), appliances, countertops or a water heater on a used home. In a new home, those items feature the latest designs and components and should offer you years of peaceful enjoyment before needing any TLC.
Sure, you can replace all of the single-pane windows in a used home with the latest high-performance windows. You can also add insulation to a resale home. But it’s very expensive to replace outdated kitchen and bathroom cabinets and countertops in a used home — and you still won’t have the dramatic high ceilings on the first floor of an older two-story home.
But if you’re wishing for a master bedroom on the first floor, you can have that in a new home. Or a humongous his and hers walk-in closet. Check. The same with flex rooms, mud rooms and oversized garages. All those features are part and parcel of new home characteristics. It’s easy when you choose to build new.
Lower Maintenance, Higher Efficiency
Today’s car manufacturers are turning out computer-designed and computer-equipped vehicles, which are much more reliable than a car that’s 10 to 20 years old. That’s a lot like new vs. used homes. Today’s new homes have open floor plans and structural and design elements that reflect the way we live, now. They’re also made of state-of-the-art building products that require less care and maintenance. Not only that, the most modern building systems and mechanisms are designed and engineered to work together – more efficiently.
Today’s new homes meet stringent energy standards and codes not observed in the past. They feature up-to-the-minute circuit breakers and combine high-performance energy efficiency with the absolute latest in ventilation and air filtration. What does that mean for a homeowner? Year-round, draft-free comfort and higher indoor air quality.
High-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners that use the leading-edge, environmentally-friendly coolants. Cabinets, carpets and paints that use fewer volatile organic compounds, so that you and your family can breathe easier.
Many new homes are built in amenity-rich master-planned communities like Southshore, with a resort-style community center (the Lakehouse!), pools and pocket parks. Southshore is one that also features hiking trails, protected open lands and some of the best new schools and shopping, entertainment and dining options nearby.
Why not make your next home your own by choosing your favorite flooring, cabinets, appliances, countertops and optional features? Put your personal stamp on it with the options YOU love. A new home will reflect your personality, not someone else’s outmoded tastes and picks!
New and ALL YOU, in Southshore
The master-planned community of Southshore offers an “away-from-it-all” ambiance with access to Life at the Lake, but with a location convenient to dining, shopping and all kinds of recreation. Work with one of Colorado’s top home builders crafting new homes in Southshore: Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Tour the model homes — in ranch and two-story designs — priced between the $400s and the $700s.