What are some of the best reasons to buy a new house or a new condominium instead of a re-sale house or condo? The first and easiest answer is: new is new.
The first and easiest answer is: new is new. This may sound redundant, but a new house is just like a new car.
The advantage of a new car is that not only is the car new, but all the parts are new as well. New muffler, new transmission, and new tires - everything is new and carries a parts warranty as well as the major warranty. The same applies to a new house or condo.
Not only is the whole house warrantied, but the roof, furnace, hot water tank - everything in the home carries its own warranty.
With a new house you won't have to repair anything for some time to come.
Another advantage is that a new house is usually built in a new area.
New areas have been engineered for drainage. All new areas must meet stringent water-management standards.
New areas also have new schools and a generally lower crime rate than some older areas.
With a new house or new condo you can choose any colour or style you want. You can have hardwood or tile flooring installed as the home is being built.
This avoids the hassles of moving into a re-sale house and having to start painting and renovating. You can also have it decorated the way you want.
You not only have selection with the colour and features of your new home, but you can also select the size and shape of your lot.
You can have a large pie lot if you like to garden or a small lot if you don't. In Edmonton today there are more different types and price ranges of lots than ever before.
There are also many different styles of living; you can live in an adult, over-45 complex or in a family area with schools and parks.
The last main advantage of building or buying new is energy efficiency. (With the costs of utilities these days this is becoming increasingly important.)
New windows are built to a higher standard and carry a higher R factor than 20-year-old aluminum-framed windows.
Furnaces nowadays are more energy efficient and run at a lower consumption rate, producing more heat at a lower cost than older models.
While you may pay a little more for a new house or a new condo at the time of purchase, you will pay less for your monthly power and heating bills. This should leave your monthly budget the same or better.
Selection and choice are the real advantage of new. You can choose everything from area to style, features and colour of house.