Reasons to Consider a New Home Build Over Buying an Older Home

8 June 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Owning a home is something most people aspire to. However, a mistake some potential homeowners make is selecting a home solely based on their budget rather than weighing the pros and drawbacks of the property they are choosing. A popular option for potential homeowners is purchasing a home that is already constructed. You will find that some older homes tend to be much cheaper; hence, they are alluring to potential homeowners. What you might not consider though is that cheap can end up being relatively expensive in the form of renovations and repairs. The following are some of the reasons why you should consider a new home build rather than an older home.

New home builds have modern floor plans

One of the main differences you will notice with older homes and new home builds is their innate design. Older homes were not designed to facilitate modern living habits. Older homes are characterized by having one family room and outdated kitchens. In addition, bathrooms were typically a shared amenity in older homes. With a new home build, you get the chance to enjoy modern amenities such as double vanities in bathrooms, kitchens constructed with state-of-the-art designs, open floor plans to create more space, and more. All this saves you the extra cost of having to customize your home to suit your family's needs.

New home builds are safer

One thing to note about older homes is that a common material used in their construction was asbestos. Asbestos was a popular building material due to its fire resistant qualities. As such, it would be incorporated into drywall, insulation and more. Opting to purchase an older home can put you at risk of asbestos exposure. Granted, you could opt for asbestos abatement services, but this will simply cost you additional expenses in order to make your home safe to live in. However, since the use of asbestos was banned in the construction of homes, new homes will be a much safer option for you.

New home builds are energy efficient

Over the years, energy efficiency and environmental conservation has become a primary concern in all facets of life. This has led to new home builders incorporating energy efficient and eco-friendly technologies in the structures they build. Some of these technologies include energy efficient HVAC systems, energy efficient windows and more. These are features you would be hard-pressed to find in original older homes that have not been renovated to keep up with the changing times.