If you’re in the process of buying a new home, you know how many important decision need to be made along the way. How many bedrooms do you need? How many bathrooms? In what town? Do you want a garage? What about storage?

It’s enough to make a home buyer’s head spin. And then there’s an even bigger decision to make; one that some home buyers never even consider. Namely, should you buy an older home or go through the process of having new construction completed?

While building a new home can be a more complicated and time-consuming process than buying an existing home, new construction does offer several advantage over older homes. For example…

New Construction is Customizable

Most home builders encourage their customers to help in the design process, which affords home buyers the opportunity to tailor their living space to their unique wants and needs. A home buyer can decide how many bedroom to have built, and where to put them. They can choose custom building material and flooring to create a truly unique home that is all their own.

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New Construction is More Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency has only been a concern for home builders for the past few decades, and only made a top priority relatively recently. Legislation passed during the early 70’s established construction standards requiring that homes be built with minimum standards of energy efficiency, but homes built before this had no such requirements placed upon them.

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New construction is built with high-quality insulation that is better at keeping homes warm in Winter and coll in Summer, reducing heating costs. Modern windows are similarly built with regulating heat exchange a lowering heating bills in mind. Additionally, modern appliances use less electricity which translates into even deeper energy savings.

New Construction is Built to Last

No doubt you’ve heard someone say something along the lines of ‘they sure don’t make them like they used to’. It’s an expression of the ideal that nothing made today is built to the standards of some long-forgotten (an likely imagined) era, when every car got 200K miles before its first tune up and every tool was built to withstand the apocalypse

Of course, such claims are made more out of a sense of nostalgia than based on any fact or evidence, especially as far as housing is concerned. Housing standards have improved significantly over the past few decades. New techniques, new materials, and tighter construction standards have contributed to making new homes far more durable and long-lasting than older ones. A more durable home is one that needs less repair and can save a home owner tremendous amounts of money over the course of their ownership.

New Construction is Safer

We all know the hazards posed by lead paint and asbestos, materials employed in the construction of older homes. Both represent serious health concerns, but are only part of the potential dangers associated with older homes.

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New construction employs framing and finishing materials that are flame retardant, reducing the risk of fire danger. In addition, all new construction is required to include the installation of hard-wired smoke-detectors. These hard-wired detectors provide better protection than battery-operated units, which can fail if and when their battery goes bad.

While some home buyers may be scared off by the additional effort of building a new home, the benefits of new construction far outweigh the negatives. So if you’re in the market for a new home, consider the perks that new construction affords.