If you are considering buying a house, you may be wondering if you should buy a new home or an existing structure. While this is often a matter of personal preference, new homes have several distinct advantages. Here is what you need to know.
1. New Homes Have Modern Floor Plans
Most older homes do not have open floor plans. Instead, an old house usually consists of separate rooms that are closed off from one another. Today, most people prefer an open floor plan, which enables families to function better.
For example, in an older home, the kitchen is often located at the back of the house while the living room is at the front of the home. When it comes time to make dinner, entertain, or perform kitchen chores, the person is stuck by themselves, unable to interact with guests or keep an eye on children.
2. New Homes Have Contemporary Rooms and Sizes
Many old homes only have one main living space, the living room. A new home often has a formal living room, as well as an informal family room, providing ample space for family members to gather or spread out.
In an old house, the basement is generally not a finished living space and is set up only to do laundry. The basement is often dark, damp, and dreary. In old homes, the basement can even be scary and not a nice place to hang out.
In contrast, a new home typically has a basement that is bright and at least partially finished. New homes also usually have laundry facilities on the main level or even near the bedrooms. The laundry chore is much easier and more enjoyable when the doer isn't delegated to the dirty basement cave.
Rooms in new homes are characteristically larger, too. In an old house, bedrooms tend to be quite small in comparison to today's room size. Additionally, the master bedroom almost never has an attached bathroom. In fact, many older homes have only one bathroom for the entire family! This can make getting ready in the morning a logistical nightmare for most families.
3. New Homes Require Less Maintenance
In an old house, something is always in need of your attention. If it's not a new roof that is needed, it's a new furnace or water heater. The walls need to be painted or the electric needs to be updated to accommodate modern appliances and electronic devices.
Additionally, older homes may have been built with unsafe materials. For example, the pipes may contain lead, or the ceilings may have an asbestos coating. Replacing these materials can be expensive. With a new home, you don't need to worry about these issues.