Are you looking for a home but can’t find what you want? With a resale property, the property may not provide everything you want. With a new construction home, you don’t have that problem. Here are the top 10 reasons to buy a new construction home.
Why build a new construction home
Let’s face it; resale competition is high, so it’s tough to find what you want. Perhaps you’re finding homes but buying it means a long honey-to-do-list or remodeling because the kitchen is too small, the bedrooms don’t have large enough closets, or the basement isn’t quite the man cave you imagined. New construction offers you so many more options that you’ll never see on the resale market.
New is not only an advantage in this market, but it’s also what most buyers prefer. That was the case long before this inventory shortage. In a Trulia survey, twice as many homeowners preferred a new home to an existing one.
With 7 new home communities in Grain Valley (Ryan Meadows, Rosewood Hills), Kansas City (Springhaven Estates, Robinson Meadows), and Blue Springs (Stone Canyon, Sonora Valley, Brittany Ridge), there are lots of options for buyers. Unlike the resale market, new construction doesn’t require compromises. You can build your dream!
These are the top 10 reasons to think about a new construction home.
1. Get a floor plan that fits your family’s needs
Are you having trouble finding a home that meets your family’s needs? When you see one, does it check everything off your list?
While older homes offer architectural charm and character, the floor plans are not always functional, especially for a family. With a new home, you design the house to fit your needs. So, it has the latest and greatest floor plan for modern day lifestyles.
Want a mudroom for your children after soccer practice? That’s possible in a new home, but may not be in a resale property. Need walk-in closets? Your builder can help with that. Don’t need a formal dining room, but rather a functional eat-in kitchen? It’s no problem in a new home.
With resale properties, buyers often make concessions or plan home improvement projects knocking down walls and making the space more open and functional. You don’t have to worry about any of that with new construction.
The builder creates a home that fits your family’s needs.
2. Design your home
Secondly, the options are endless. You can design your home from the ground-up or put the finishing touches on a home already under construction. The choice is yours!
If you have time, the options start with selecting a lot. Do you want a lot on a cul-de-sac or tree-lined? The choice is yours!
Once you have your lot, you have lots of design options including the paint color, tile, carpet, stone on the exterior, type of hardwood floors and more.
While all these options may seem overwhelming to some buyers, watch how the Sally Moore Real Estate Team takes the stress out of building a home.
With a new construction home, you’re coming home every day to your dream rather than someone else’s design.
3. Better selection
You not only have lots of design choices with a new home, but there are 3 times more new construction properties to choose from than resale homes. The market is unbalanced right now, meaning demand is stronger than the number of homes on the market.
New construction is the answer to the inventory shortage. There are affordable choices with new homes. In some of our neighborhoods, prices start in the low $200’s.
If there’s a particular area of Kansas City that you’re looking to purchase in, there’s probably a new construction option nearby. We have 7 neighborhoods to choose from in Kansas City, Blue Springs, and Grain Valley.
Each one offers different amenities and home prices. We’d be happy to help you find a home in the perfect neighborhood!
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4. Save money on energy
Homes built to today’s building standards are more efficient than resale properties. Even homes built just 10-15 years ago!
Advances in energy efficiency standards for HVAC systems, windows, and appliances save homebuyers money on their utility bills. Plus, you won’t have to budget for replacement costs for years.
You can even purchase a green home which takes energy efficiency to the next level!
5. Built-in warranty
When you buy a resale property, you can buy a home warranty from a third-party company. They still require a deductible for service, and there are repair limitations. It’s not guaranteed to protect you from costly repairs.
With a home builder, you get a built-in warranty direct from the person who built your home and knows how it should perform. You get a standard, one-year warranty and typically a 10-year structural one. Plus, some builders include a 2-year warranty on plumbing, HVAC, and so on. That way if anything significant goes wrong, you know it’ll get fixed.
6. Low maintenance
Most new homeowners rarely even need the builder’s warranty. The opposite is true with a resale property. You don’t know how well it’s been maintained even with the best home inspection. It’s impossible for a home inspector to predict everything that could go wrong with a home. Of course, you know things will go wrong the minute you move in!
With a new home, you don’t have to worry about all those hidden problems of a resale home. The builder’s warranty protects you and you know your appliances are going to last, so it’s a low maintenance investment.
Say goodbye to the honey-to-do list with a new home. You won’t need to paint or fix! Instead, you can move in and enjoy the comforts of home from day one!
7. Financial benefits
While new homes cost more than a resale property, you’ll earn back those savings through the modern building design and energy efficiencies. Plus, the builder factors all your costs for upgrades or other design features into the purchase price of your home. So, you can get a mortgage to cover everything. With a resale property, you’ll likely need cash on hand to make improvements especially if they’re major.
New construction offers financial benefits over resale properties.
You may even qualify for down payment help!
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8. Modern day amenities and advanced technology
Think about how much technology changed in the last ten years. We weren’t talking to Alexa back then, and we didn’t have cameras on our doorbell.
Modern technology is top of mind with a newer home. They’re wired to support the latest advances. While it’s easy to retrofit older homes with some newer advances, it’s more difficult to wire a resale property for other technology.
9. Better community amenities
Developers focus on the community when they’re building new neighborhoods. That includes walking trails, a playground, and a pool. Zero entry pools are common now, and something we didn’t see ten years ago. That allows younger children to cool off even if they don’t know how to swim.
Some neighborhoods even have community schools and libraries, with everything a family needs within walking distance.
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10. New home experience
There’s something about a new home that makes you go ah. Like a new car smell. When you’re buying a home, you’re purchasing a lifestyle. Whether it’s on the golf course or in a community focused neighborhood, you have a choice on potentially everything from the lot to the front door color!
Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy and experience all your new home offers without worrying about endless maintenance and upgrades.
It’s your dream home, not someone else’s!
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