Many home buyers wrestle with the decision of whether to buy a new home or one that’s pre-owned. There was a time when this decision was more difficult to make because the features were similar. However, new building materials and construction techniques have created financial and lifestyle advantages, making the new home purchase a far superior choice. Here’s why:
A new home is more energy efficient than a home that was built even a few years ago. There have been huge advancements in building science, systems and materials that provide a drastic reduction in monthly energy costs from homes that were built 5 years ago – let alone 20 years ago! Even the remodeling efforts that are used to update older homes and make them more energy efficient will never be as effective as those that are built into a new Highland home.
Fresh Architectural Designs
Some pre-owned homes simply look dated. A new home is designed for today’s families and their changing lifestyles. With a new home, buyers can enjoy the most current advancements in technology, appliances, floor plans, and on-trend design accents.
Lower Costs of Ownership
New homes have almost no maintenance requirements for many years after they are constructed and anything that might surface is covered by the builder’s warranty and service agreements. Pre-owned homes do not enjoy this advantage and often these simple maintenance tasks are overwhelming.
Older homes are also in constant need of painting, flooring replacement, kitchen appliance replacement, plumbing and other expensive updates. With a new home, you can enjoy the benefit of all new materials.
Modern Energy Efficiency, New homes and HERS ratings
The HERS Index is a scoring system in which a home built to the specifications of the current energy code scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to a home built to the minimum code requirements. Thus a home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient, the threshold for the ENERGY STAR standard.
The HERS Index is based on an energy model of the home (that relies on the construction plans and the specifications) combined with on site performance testing, such as a blower door test (to evaluate air leakage) and a duct test (to evaluate air leakage from the ducts).
Most new homes are in the 55 – 70 HERS rating. A home built as recently as 2009 that complied to standards was a HERS rating of 112. Reducing energy costs (see below) of the heating and cooling can then save you 20% to 40% or more on you utility bill. In DFW, that means $90 to $150 per month or more on the average. That is buying power over a preowned home.
For more information, go to http://www.resnet.us/hers-index
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Personalization of a New Home
With a new home, you can make it your own! Unlike a pre-owned home, which might have been designed for a completely different family from yours, a new home allows the buyer to choose the perfect floor plan and add options that accommodate the individual needs of their family. Customized colors, finish-work and other personal touches are just some of the options available.
The Workmanship is Better
You’ve probably heard the phrase: They don’t make ‘em like they used to. This is true. Quality homebuilders make ‘em BETTER than they used to! Consumers have learned that they can enjoy the best materials, products and workmanship. Construction methods have also advanced dramatically. New homes combine these advancements to deliver homes that are both environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
Contributing information from Highland Homes, David Weekley Homes and K Hovanaian Homes.
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