Buying a home is a process filled with decisions. One of the first and most important ones is to decide whether to purchase a newly constructed house or an existing home that has had one or more owners. Unlike purchasing a car, where all the models have the same basic features, most homes have significant differences to consider, making the decision even more difficult. If you are preparing to purchase your next home and struggling to decide between a new home and previously owned one, the following three considerations can be helpful in making the best decision for your family. 

Are any family members bothered by allergies? 

Buyers who suffer from allergies (or have family members that do) understand the need to avoid as many allergens as possible when choosing a home. Existing homes, even those that are meticulously cleaned and readied for market, can still contain many common allergens, including these: 

  • pet and human dander
  • dust mites
  • mold and mildew
  • insects
  • mice and other rodents
  • residue from past tobacco use, air fresheners, chemicals, paints, and cosmetics

While a new home can still contain some allergens, such as dust, they are likely to be a better choice for allergy sufferers, simply because there were no people or pets previously living in the home. Buyers who are particularly concerned about the possibility of allergens in a new home may want to speak with the builder about the possibility of using materials and finishes that are less apt to cause allergy issues, such as hard surface flooring instead of carpet and specific paint formulas with no harsh odors.

Is energy efficiency a must have?

Buyer who are determined to purchase the most energy-efficient home possible will want to consider the purchase of a new home rather than an existing one. This is because a new home will have been built with modern materials and systems, including insulation and heating and air conditioning components, that are far more efficient than those manufactured in years past. Older homes, even those that have been renovated, may still contain older insulation and offer a less efficient design. 

Do you want to reduce home repair and maintenance costs? 

Existing homes that are in good condition can certainly be good values, but the buyer who is tired of spending money on home repairs or maintenance will probably enjoy owning a new home instead. Roofing, HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical wiring are all expensive to repair. When buying a new home, the buyer is usually able to enjoy years of freedom from most repair and home maintenance issues instead of worrying about an aging air conditioner or a roof that has reached the end of its effective lifespan. 

For even more distinct differences between buying an existing home or looking only at new homes for sale, take time to discuss your housing needs and desires with your trusted real estate agent.