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New Construction Pros and Cons: Advantages and Disadvantages

Spending your entire life savings into a house is a significant commitment, but it is worthwhile if the end product is exactly what you desire. There are, however, some disadvantages for people who want to build their ideal home on their own. On a regular basis, acquiring good quality construction materials, visiting the construction site, and negotiating with the labor force, laborers, and painters is a physically challenging activity. In this piece, we’ll look at new construction pros and cons.

Photo of new construction in Shakes Run Louisville KY Homearama house

For a variety of reasons, newly built homes are in high demand. They provide buyers with a blank canvas on which to build their perfect living area. These possibilities range from floor plan ideas to building materials. They also provide extras like energy-efficient HVAC systems and custom cabinetry and doors.

However, there are a few drawbacks to purchasing a freshly constructed home, which we’ll go over below. You should think about these potential disadvantages as well as the benefits before purchasing a newly built property.

First, there can be confusion about whether or not to have a Realtor when you go the new construction route. But experts agree that’s it’s in the best interest of the client to have representation when buiding a home.

The process of purchasing a property is lengthy, but it may be made easier with the right information. If you’re thinking about building a new house, here’s everything you need to know about the benefits and drawbacks.

1. Fewer Repairs and Maintenance

New homes require less maintenance than older homes. You won’t have to worry about your roof leaking during a rainstorm or your air conditioner breaking in the middle of the summer. You may enjoy all of the benefits of living in a brand new home without the hassles of upkeep. 

When things go wrong, the builder’s warranty usually covers it, which we’ll go through next. Even though everything in a newly constructed home is fresh, we recommend conducting a third-party home inspection. The majority of people will only get a house inspection on properties that have already been built.

2. Customization Is Amazing

One of the most exciting aspects of new construction is the ability to customize your new home. A custom, one-of-a-kind home offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for builders to demonstrate their creative creativity and craftsmanship. It also lets you express yourself through finishes that reflect your particular tastes, preferences, and personalities.

Existing homes rarely allow you to change the layout. At the very least, you can rebuild and replace the existing fixtures and finishes. If customizing your next home is on your wish list, a customized new house may be a good fit for you.

3. Super Clean

Do you and your family want to live in a clean environment? Newly built homes provide the most sanitary option. It’s a wonderful sensation to move into a new home where no one has ever lived before. You won’t need any services like plumbing services for at least one year. 

Disadvantages 

When thinking about new construction pros and cons, the drawbacks may not be immediately apparant. So let’s take a look at them. 

1. Time

The biggest negative when opting for the new construction home is time. Simply stated, it’ll take at least five months before you’ll be able to move in. In our current market where demand is high and supply low, it’s going to take much longer.

Of course, the size of the home factors in as well. A cute starter home might take six months while a dream home could take as long as a year.

2. Location

Often, in most cities new construction locations will only exist on the outskirts of the city. The reason for this should be obvious—migration moves from the center outward. Therefore, available land for new housing developments will generally be farther from the city of town. As long as the location works for you, feel free to proceed further into the new construction process.

3. Limited Options

This is a new “con” as the supply chain has suffered a great deal in the past year. Certain materials and building products are difficult for builders to secrure. Some home furnishings are completely unavailable.

Make sure to address these topics as you discuss your potential project with your Realtor and the home builder. You don’t want these suprises to hit you in the middle of the building process.

Conclusion

Purchasing a home is one of the most significant purchases you will ever make, and it is critical that you make the best decision possible. You have the ability to shape your picture for your dream house when buying a newly built home. But you always want to be aware of the new construction pros and cons before you sign on the dotted line.

About the author

Tre Pryor, Editor-in-Chief

Tre Pryor is the recognized expert Louisville Realtor who can:
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  • Help you purchase your next Louisville home, or
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