Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new home often cite energy efficient materials, open floorplan, a warranty, and ability to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice.
But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that aren’t so obvious. Here are a few more benefits of a new home.
Power Where You Need It
Anyone who has ever lived in an older home can attest that there are never enough outlets, inside or out. Homes built in the 1960s and earlier were wired much differently than houses today.
Builders had no way of anticipating the invention of high-tech appliances and electronics that we enjoy today — and the very different electrical requirements they would introduce. New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual homeowner’s needs. Today, home builders plan for the increased number and type of electronics and appliances used by today’s families, so you can safely operate a wine cooler and Christmas lights, power laptops, tablets, and phones, and much more.
A Clean Slate
For some buyers, parking the car in a sparkling-clean garage or being the first to cook dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your own sense of style and create your own home décor from the start.
The advantages of being the first owner extend to the outdoors. Instead of inheriting inconveniently or precariously placed trees, or having to tear up overgrown shrubs, you can design and plant the lawn and garden you want.
Building a Community Together
When families move into a new community at the same time, they form new friendships and neighborliness. Nobody is the “new kid on the block” and a new home is a great opportunity for owners meet and connect.
Popular amenities like pools, walking trails and tennis and basketball courts offer additional opportunities for interaction among neighbors of all ages. Often new communities are comprised of homeowners in the same stage of life, such as young families or active retirees, so neighbors can get to know each other through carpools, PTA meetings, tennis matches or golf games.
Throwing a party in an older home can be a challenge because smaller, distinct rooms make it difficult to entertain guests in one large space. Today, new home layouts feature more open spaces and rooms that flow into each other more easily. While you are preparing dinner, you can still interact with guests enjoying conversation without feeling closed off. The feeling of spaciousness in today’s new-home layouts is enhanced by higher ceilings and additional windows that bring in more light than you would find in an older home.