The new or pre-owned question is inevitable when you buy a car or home. But are you settling for a typewriter when you could have a laptop? Some pre-owned homes could be updated with new features and technologies. In other situations, it makes sense to buy new from a financial and convenience perspective. There are plenty of articles, blogs, and even unsolicited advice to persuade you in one direction or the other. Think carefully about these questions to decide whether you should build a new home.
How important is reliability, and how much are you willing to invest in home maintenance?
Heating and cooling units, roofs, plumbing, and electronics all have a limited lifespan. These components will need replacement sooner or later, and will require more diligent maintenance in older homes. A new home offers the benefit of a predictable replacement period that you can budget for. It also allows you to get a jumpstart on preventative maintenance, and ensures you get a long life out of your investment. Look for a home warranty when you build a new home for even greater peace of mind.
How much patience do you have for a renovation or remodel?
Renovations can be disruptive, especially a kitchen or bathroom that needs to be updated. Remodels are notorious for being delayed and exceeding the original budget. When you build a new home, you choose the features and fixtures long before move-in day. The pricing is clearly presented for you so you can evaluate whether an upgrade is right for you.
Do you like to have the latest gadgets and the most efficient, energy-saving devices?
Those who build new homes can look forward to technology even better than the latest smartphone. Some of the latest home innovations available include surround sound for home theater rooms, smart screens in the kitchen, energy-saving HVAC and appliances, concealed cords and electronics, and more. If a modernized home is appealing to you, it may make sense to start new rather than attempt to retrofit an older home.
Echelon Homes offers the latest floor plans, features, and upgrades to help you evaluate whether building is right for you. Contact us today and ask about our attractive home warranty program when you build a new home.
Article by: Jennifer Elkow
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