Older homes may have a certain vintage charm, but there are advantages to limiting your search to new homes when you're house hunting. Unless you buy an older home that has been renovated and well maintained, you'll probably have expenses for upgrades and cosmetic improvements much sooner than you would a new construction home. Here are some features found in new houses that are hard to find in older homes on the market.
Open Kitchen And Luxury Bath
The kitchen and bathroom have taken on more importance when it comes to design and décor than in decades past. New houses often have an open kitchen plan or a large eat-in kitchen rather than a tiny isolated kitchen area or galley-style kitchen. This allows you to blend activities such as cooking and talking with guests and family. Plus, an open kitchen makes your home seem more spacious and may fit your lifestyle better if you have a busy family life.
Baths are often larger now too and have luxurious designs with walk-in showers, stone tiles, and neutral colors. An older home may still have dated tiles and fixtures in colors popular decades ago such as pink, yellow, or green. It's difficult to update an old bathroom without considerable expense since the wall tile has to be torn out and replaced with something modern.
Solar Power Or Energy-Efficient Construction
Energy efficiency is important in new home construction, and the construction of a new home has improved overall as building codes evolve. For instance, your home might be built to withstand hurricane-force winds so you have fewer worries over storms. A benefit of improved construction methods is improved energy efficiency. Everything from the building materials to the HVAC system is probably more energy efficient than their counterparts found in older homes. New houses may even have alternative power such as solar shingles or panels on the roofs that provide all or some of a family's power needs.
Of course, just like any other home, there are differences in the various new homes for sale on the market. Some are built with builder-grade materials with an affordable market price in mind, while others use high-quality construction materials and come equipped with the latest technology. However, you can usually have peace of mind that no matter what kind of new home you buy; you shouldn't need to invest money in costly repairs for years to come, since everything is new and the home should have a warranty.
Start looking at new homes for sale today to decide what is most important to you in your new home.