New Construction vs. Resale: Weighing the Pros & Cons of Each
Is it better to build a new home or buy an existing home?
You're not the only one to ask us this question. And the answer is - it depends. It depends on your needs and wants, your timeline, your budget, and a whole lot of other factors. So we'll help you weigh the pros and cons of New Construction vs. Resale below.
And no matter which way you think is best for you, our team is equipped to help you!
If you choose to build a home from the ground-up with a builder, you are going to need a longer or more flexible timeline, which may not work for out-of-town buyers or buyers who are otherwise in a time-crunch. But keep in mind that especially within larger master-planned communities, builders usually have a healthy supply of quick move-in homes that are both "existing" and "new construction," so you get the best of both worlds.
The advantage of buying an existing home is, well, it's "existing." So if you're in a time-crunch to purchase something, not having to wait for it to be constructed is definitely a benefit.
By choosing to build a home, you have a hand in personalizing your home from the very beginning. From which elevation you choose to which kitchen counters you put in, you can make your house your own within the options your builder offers.
The only way you're going to have a chance of personalizing a resale home is by doing updates after you move in and through your own personal home decor style. Which is a great option - and let's be honest, a little paint on the walls can make a home look completely different!
Building allows you to shop around for the lot/property that is perfect for you. But sometimes in a community, the lot selection is limited and you are limited on which home you can build on which lot.
When purchasing an existing home, you can find homes with a mature landscape, saving you time and money on establishing a design. But remember that when you're buying, you are buying someone else's design.
Builders are on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest technology to help your home be as energy-efficient as possible. This can help reduce your utility bills and the energy costs of your home.
When it comes to buying, you can always update to more modern and efficient technology. If you receive a good deal when purchasing the home, you may have the budget left over to make those energy upgrades. But most resale homes do not come with nearly the same energy-efficient features as new construction homes do.
BUILDING STANDARDS & CONTROL
One benefit of building is that the materials being used to build your home are new and that your home will be built using the modern day codes and regulations. Another benefit is that you will have warranties on many of the products used to build your new home.
Existing homes may not have all the bells and whistles of a new home. However, you can always remodel the home to have the features or design you want. And there are many properties on the market where the legwork has already been done. Also keep in mind that when you purchase your resale home, we can negotiate for the seller to pay for the first year of a home warranty of your choice.
Because of the growth happening in Dallas-Fort Worth, most new home communities are being built in what is referred to as "exurbia," where land is cheaper and more plentiful. That means you may have to compromise a new home for a longer commute to major cities.
It's easier to find resale homes close to major commuter attractions like Dallas, Fort Worth, DFW Airport and the booming area of Frisco than it is to find new construction homes. And resale homes are more affordable than homes in new communities in these areas because land is more expensive, therefore it's more expensive to build.