Thursday October 20, 2016
8 Reasons You Should Buy a New Home
When it comes to purchasing a home, there are seemingly endless factors to consider. One of the most important decisions you will make as a homeowner is whether to buy a new construction or a previously owned home. While a resold home may cost less up front, the money you save now may go toward hidden future costs and repairs.
Meanwhile, new homes come with modern amenities and perks that can’t be found in older homes. Below are just a few of the benefits of buying a new home versus a used home.
New Appliances, New Everything
When you purchase a new home, everything in the home is also brand new — including all your major appliances, roof, water heater and more. You’ll be getting the newest, best appliances in your kitchen, bathrooms (not to mention heating and air), so you won’t have to worry about how soon you may need a costly replacement.
In the past, many older homes weren’t equipped with green features and appliances. New homes are often built under stringent energy standards and codes, so you can look forward to lower electric and gas bills. Plus, new builders like Neal are building homes with the environment in mind, using practices that are both good for your family and the rest of the world, too.
Did we mention everything is new? When you purchase a lived-in home, you inherit the wear and tear of previous owners. With a new construction home, you can look forward to worry-free years of not repairing a leaky roof, fixing the screen on the lanai or dealing with those squeaky kitchen cabinets — which means more time and money for the important things in life.
Today’s cutting-edge homes are built with floor plans and layouts that reflect the way we live, and they're also made out of materials that are built to last — especially if you’re buying from a trusted, expert builder. Many of the latest materials and building systems require less care and maintenance, as opposed to the mystery materials an older home would be made of.
One of the biggest perks of buying a new home is having everything under warranty, from the construction to the appliances. At Neal, we offer our homebuyers a 10-year full structural warranty and a 2-year mechanical warranty on all our homes, with 1-, 6- and 11-month service inspections available. In addition to those, you’ll get a 5-year exterior paint warranty and a 5-year General Electric Factory warranty on all kitchen appliances.
Older homes are more likely to come with risks like outdated, toxic paints or flammable building materials. A new home will be up-to-date on modern safety standards, including safer circuitry, appliances with friendlier coolants and fewer toxic elements, and fire-safety features such a flame-retardant carpet and hard-wired fire alarms.
Higher Resale Value
When you find the perfect home, you don’t want to imagine moving out. But life happens, from new jobs to family changes. Should you decide to move, the resale value of your newer home will likely be higher than one that has been lived in multiple times. Not only will the features and appliances in a newer home be more modern and less heavily used, but you will also spend less time and money making repairs to your home in an effort to resell.
In the past, neighborhood clubhouses and activity directors were unheard of. But today, homebuilding communities such as Neal have become increasingly popular and offer a number of benefits and amenities that older subdivisions are less likely to have. In modern subdivisions, it’s not uncommon to find such amenities as neighborhood pools, clubhouses, sports courts, and even dogs parks and planned activities for the whole neighborhood.
New Homes from Neal Communities
If you’ve decided a new construction home is right for your family, we’d love to help you find the perfect Neal home of your dreams. We have a number of communities in Southwest Florida and multiple floor plans to suit any family’s size or budget.