One major decision facing house hunters is whether to choose a resale or a new construction home. In Naples, we have a healthy selection of both resale and new construction homes from which to choose. It makes a lot sense to consider both options.
While there are advantages and disadvantages to each, this article focuses on 7 benefits of new construction.
1. Designed and built for today's lifestyle.
One of the biggest advantages of new construction homes is that they are designed for the way we live today. Homes with flowing open floor plans and features meet modern-day demands. Many new homes include open, eat-in kitchens, walk-in closets, large master baths, more access to outdoor entertaining areas, and even additional storage.
2. You get to customize and make choices.
Unless the home is already at or near completion, buyers often have the ability to customize their homes with a vast number of options. Lighting, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, wall coverings, paint colors, and even landscaping can often be selected from a wide variety of choices. You’ll be moving into a home that’s customized for your needs and tastes.
3. New homes are energy efficient.
Utilizing new construction materials, just-built homes are usually more energy efficient — and that means potentially lower utility bills. Not only are these newly built homes rated higher for insulation, but many new homes also are incorporating renewable sources of clean energy like solar. All of this new home tech could save you money while reducing your carbon footprint.
4. New homes are smarter, too.
New construction homes are often equipped with the latest technology built right in. For example, cable, alarm systems, speaker systems, high-speed wired Internet, digital thermostats and detectors — when they’re just the flip of a switch or a voice-command away, you save lots of time and money, not to mention holes in the walls.
5. Fewer maintenance and repair bills.
A big financial benefit to a new home is that you won’t have much maintenance to do for quite a while. With modern, new appliances, plumbing, heating, and air, you should be able to live repair-free for a few years.
6. Latest codes and standards.
New homes are built with the latest building plans, designs, and materials. Their systems (electrical, plumbing, sewage lines, central heating, and air) must meet current codes and standards. It is more efficient and practical to have these systems built into a new home, rather than have to upgrade and retrofit existing older systems, which can sometimes mean ripping into the walls, floors, and ceilings to gain access to the key home systems.
7. You’ll have more time to enjoy your home.
With a new construction home, you'll probably start enjoying your home sooner. You won’t be spending time finding and dealing with contractors, or even tackling home improvement projects on your own. Owning a new construction home allows you to enjoy your home almost as soon as you are unpacked.