Buying a home is the biggest purchase you’ll likely make in your lifetime. Many decisions are involved, including whether to buy an existing home or build a new one on a lot. There are several benefits to buying a new construction home versus an older one. So whether you’re looking to leave the bustling city of Chicago to raise a family or just searching for your starter home, there are plenty of reasons why a new construction home in a housing development may be the right decision.
The Ability To Customize
Perhaps the biggest benefit of buying a new construction home is that you can customize the house from top to bottom, inside and out. You can pick your floor plan or design your dream kitchen. You can choose all your surfaces, styles, and colors for things such as cabinets and countertops to truly make the house your home. Many people enjoy the process of designing their homes. But you don’t have to do it alone. Our team of experts will be with you every step of the way to help make your vision become a reality.
Many older homes were built with single-pane windows and little insulation. Energy regulations weren’t as rigid as they are now. And over time, cracks develop, and seals loosen, compromising energy efficiency. New construction homes can be built with the latest heating, air conditioning, and electrical technology for optimal energy efficiency. Doors, windows, and other materials can be properly insulated and sealed according to best industry practices and modern energy standards. A new construction home reduces your carbon footprint while helping you enjoy lower energy bills for years.
Every homeowner knows about the maintenance responsibility that comes along with a mortgage. And that responsibility only increases with the age of the home. New construction means new appliances, materials, and systems, translating to less time and money spent on maintenance and repairs. While an older home can quickly turn into a money pit, a new construction home can save you from worrying for years to come.
Older homes can come with some safety risks. Faulty wiring, lead paint, asbestos, and mold are just some of the hazards you’ll need to be mindful of when buying an existing home. And that’s not to mention the wobbly banister on the uneven staircase. New construction homes don’t have these issues and are built according to the latest building codes and safety regulations, so you can rest easy.
No Current Owner To Tie Up the Process
Buying a home from an existing owner isn’t always a smooth process. The owner may need time to find another home to buy themselves or may get cold feet after you make an offer. There’s also the possibility of outstanding liens on the property, the appraisal coming back too low, or other unexpected developments that cause a snag in the buying process. Purchasing a new construction home reduces the chances of any delays during closing and keeps you on a streamlined schedule to move-in day.
When you buy an existing home, you might only get a couple of walkthroughs before moving in, leaving you with unwelcome surprises. You could have sworn the bathroom felt bigger when you toured the home. Or maybe you didn’t notice just how low the ceiling was in the basement. That paint color didn’t seem so offensive when you saw it last. But because you’re intimately involved in the design process of a new construction home, there’ll be no surprises on move-in day.
It’s not uncommon for the move-in process to experience delays with older homes due to issues with the foundation, pest damage, or other defects discovered during the inspection. These delays can force you into a short-term rental, hotel, or other accommodation while waiting. But a new construction home can be ready to move into once the final nail is in place.
More Control Over Location
It’s been said that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, and location. And new construction homes can offer you more control over that aspect. You can buy a plot of land and build on it or tear down an existing home and build a new one. You even have some control over which part of the property you want to build your house.
When you buy an older home, you’re taking on a little risk that some expensive systems and appliances are no longer protected under warranty and may need replacing soon. And that can strain the budget of a new homeowner. Meanwhile, new construction homes come with fresh warranties on heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, windows, plumbing, and electrical systems so that you can enjoy some deserved peace of mind. Plus, our homes even come with warranties on the materials and craftsmanship.
No Updates Needed
Buying an old house can often mean buying an old style. Shag carpeting, unattractive wallpaper, and outdated materials can accompany an older home, requiring you to spend money updating the property. But new construction homes from Steiner Homes come standard with high-end windows, granite countertops, and other desirable upgrades.
Need More Reasons To Buy New Construction Homes?
Steiner Homes is a premier custom home builder in Northwest Indiana with 30 years of experience serving the counties of Lake, La Porte, and Porter. With lots as few as 30 minutes from Chicago, a custom home from Steiner Homes allows you to escape busy and expensive city living and move into a home ready immediately. Moreover, you’ll enjoy the high quality of life that Valparaiso, Dyer, St. John, Crown Point, and other Northwest Indiana communities offer. Contact us today or shop our subdivision locations to make a new construction house your home.
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