If you are in the market to buy a home, you should consider the following key benefits of a new construction house versus a resale.
- The layout will be right for you and your family. The square footage will be maximized because the space will be where you want it. This is “right-sizing.” You’ll get what you want, where you want it, with no wasted space. You’ll have the right number and size bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets. The common areas will be useful. Your kitchen will be functional for your way of doing things. The traffic patterns will be logical and flowing based on your family’s lifestyle. You can invest in the features you want and eliminate the ones that don’t matter to you. Want a sitting area in your master bedroom? A fireplace? High ceilings? Patio or deck? If you do, add them in. The Hartz Homes website features a Dream Home Wizard that allows you to design your own home online.
- YOUR home will reflect YOUR style. Buy a resale house, and you’ll be forced to live with somebody else’s preferences, from flooring to shingles and everything in between. But, a brand new home will have YOUR choices, including flooring, countertops, appliances, lighting, exterior elevation, and, yes, shingles. Hartz Design Center offers new construction homebuyers an enormous amount of choices to suit virtually every taste and budget. And, if you want something that is not there, the Hartz Design Center manager will work hard to get it for you.
- Save money on home repairs. You can trust what you are getting in a new construction house. The major elements and systems are new and under warranty. Buy a resale house, and you soon could be replacing costly components that can cripple your budget. Replacing a furnace or central air conditioning can run you $5,000 each. To remodel an existing kitchen, plan on spending at least $20,000. Then, there are the shingles, appliances, carpeting, exterior painting, plumbing, and on and on!
- Save money on energy costs too! New homes can benefit from recent advances in energy efficiency. Many of these money-saving features were not available just five years ago. A resale home is likely to have less efficient appliances and will probably be more expensive to heat and cool. New homes come with a HER (Home Energy Rating) that shows the money savings from its efficient heating, cooling and hot water systems.
- Benefit from time-saving low-maintenance features. New construction homes are made of cutting-edge building products that require less care and maintenance. Hartz offers many interior features that are chosen not just for their appearance, but because they require little maintenance. For example, homebuyers at the Hartz Design Center can select attractive wood floors that are reinforced with an aluminum oxide coating for easy cleaning and scratch prevention. Non-porous quartz countertops are also popular because they are almost impossible to stain and don’t require sealing. A recent Chicago Tribune article featured the time-saving, low-maintenance options available to Hartz homebuyers.
- Keep your family safe. A newly constructed home will meet all the latest safety codes. You can trust the wiring and plumbing. The heating and cooling systems will use safe up-to-date coolants. The indoor air quality can be trusted thanks to its modern ventilation and air filtration. New products such as paint and carpeting will have fewer volatile organic compounds. Insulation will have greater fire retardants. Insurance companies recognize that a new home is generally safer than a resale home, and will offer discounts on homeowners insurance for a new home.
- Increased resale Value:It’s hard to think about selling your home before you even buy it. But, you should. After all, whether it is to move-up, down-size, or relocate for a job, you’ll probably be selling the home in the future. And, you’ll want to get top dollar while selling it quickly. Typically, the newer the home (with newer features, designs and systems), the more desirable it is at resale.