Buying a Home – New vs. Pre-owned: Part Two
As promised, the second in our two part series outlining some of the reasons to consider purchasing a new home rather than an existing home. Patricia D. recently purchased a new home after owning her first “pre-owned” home for 10 years. We asked what made this experience different and how she compares buying new to used.
Many years ago when finally ready to purchase a home, Patricia relied heavily on the expertise and direction of a real estate agent. A new home was never presented as an option, and she wonders why. “ I never even realized that buying a new home was an option,” says Patricia, “my agent never discussed it with me and I guess I just assumed that he knew best.”
“I am so happy to be moving into a NEW home,” declares Patricia. “My first home had to have so much done! I replaced carpeting, painted, removed hideous wood paneling, all new appliances, the list was endless!” Patricia soon realized that owning a home that needed a lot of updating was like having a part-time job that you don’t get paid for.
We’ve listed a few things to consider in your home buying process. Things to think about:
Wiring: Before 1961 homes had ungrounded outlets and prior to 1978 homes did not have GFI outlets or smoke & CO detectors. Older homes had fewer circuits and fewer outlets per room. Wired for technology? Have you ever spent an entire day with the cable guy – weeding through miles of useless wires, crawling through dark, tight attic spaces, just so you could enjoy what we now consider to be standard entertainment? With new homes, this is a trial of the past! All American Life Homes are prewired with CAT 5 and RG6 coaxial cabling for all your A/V and internet and telephone needs.
Safety. Modern builders have to follow very strict guidelines when building a new home. In general, new homes are usually more fire-safe and better accommodating of new security and garage-door systems. American Life homes features fully integrated safety features, including smoke detectors in each bedroom.
Maintenance. The charm of an older home often goes hand in hand with increased maintenance, especially if the previous owners were not vigilant in upkeep. Building materials may be harder to replace or match in an expansion or remodeling. Brand new means your weekends won’t be spent at the local hardware store or on backbreaking home repair projects.
Modern Conveniences. If you want modern, high-tech, energy efficient conveniences then a new home is the way to go. If you want a great big kitchen that will become the hub of your family’s daily activities, then a new home is most likely to fit the bill. If you’re looking for modern amenities such as whirlpool tubs, skylights, and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, a new home will have more of the features you desire.
HVAC: Few homes even had central A/C till the 1960s. Remember window units and space heaters? Newer A/C and heating is very efficient, quiet and much safer. American Life homes are equipped with York SEER 16 high efficiency heating and cooling for maximum cost control.