As you search home listings this summer, are you on the hunt for a fixer-upper or a house with a little wear-and-tear charm? Or does a new build hold some allure? If you’re intimidated by the thought of purchasing a new construction home, never fear! I’m here to pacify your anxieties with a handful of benefits of purchasing a new construction home.
Convenience & Maintenance-Free
A move-in-ready new construction couldn’t be more convenient for homebuyers who want to be worry- and fixer upper-free. The plumbing, HVAC, and electrical is new, the foundation is newly built, and your kitchen appliances are updated and brand-new! Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your new home has been built up to the latest building codes and safety regulations.
New construction homes are built with the latest advances in building materials that are more energy efficient, which will benefit you with lower monthly utility bills. Many new homes are also required to meet certain energy standards and requirements, like insulated walls and ceilings, which will help to reduce heat loss during the winter and increase your cooling capacity during the summer.
Loveable Floor Plans
As we all know, older homes are commonly laid out in a maze of smaller rooms and a boxed-in floor plan, but most modern floor plans are wide open with tall ceilings, so there’s no need to add demo dollars to knocking down any walls. Today’s floor plans are also aligned with modern living, like eat-in kitchens with an oversized island, extra bedrooms that can also be converted into a home office, and bathrooms or powder rooms conveniently located on each floor.
New Home Warranty
The protection of a new home warranty means you can buy with confidence knowing the builder will cover the cost of any issues that arise during the warranty period, such as water leaks. When you buy a pre-owned home, you don’t know about the hidden defects or problems until after you’ve gone through the homebuying process.
Designed for You
With a new home, you get to start from scratch and work with a new home builder’s design team to design a customized space that fits your style in every room. You won’t have to change anything before you move in! From paint colors and flooring to cabinets, countertops, and finishes.
New Community Amenities
Unlike pre-owned homes, many of the new construction home communities popping up come with top, resort-style amenities, features, and social events for the entire neighborhood to enjoy. Amenities can include a fully equipped fitness center and a schedule of classes, swimming pools, tennis and pickleball courts, clubhouses, and more.
Overall, of course, a brand-new home, based on today’s labor and material prices, will cost more than a house built years ago. But consider all of the benefits above and how it fits or betters your lifestyle and what the long-term value (or resale value) of a new construction home will be.
Paige Bird has been a real estate agent in Myrtle Beach since 2004 and has been named the #1 RE/MAX Agent in South Carolina for 9 consecutive years. In 2022, she closed on 75 properties for a total of $26,472,347 in sales volume and an average list-to-sales price of 99.10%.