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5 Reasons to Buy A New Construction Home

5 Reasons to Buy A New Construction Home

Buying a brand new house has got to be more expensive than buying a pre-owned home right? Not so fast.

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should consider new construction.

Customization and Modern Amenities

As a Realtor, I show a lot of homes to potential buyers. Even when the buyer absolutely loves the home, there’s always something they would change. They may not like the color of the carpet, backsplash, or walls. New construction homes often allow for more customization options compared to pre-existing homes. You can choose your preferred floor plan, fixtures, finishes, and even make specific design requests. Additionally, new homes often come equipped with modern amenities such as energy-efficient appliances, smart home technology, and advanced security systems.

Warranty Protection

When you buy a pre-owned home, things tend to break down because the home is older. When you buy a new construction home, you often receive a warranty that covers various aspects of the property. This can provide peace of mind, as any construction-related issues or defects that arise within the warranty period will be addressed by the builder. It helps protect your investment and ensures that you’re not burdened with unexpected repair costs.

Community Amenities and Infrastructure

Many new construction developments in Columbia, SC, come with planned communities that offer a range of amenities and infrastructure. These may include parks, playgrounds, walking trails, community centers, pools, and even shopping or dining options. Living in such a community can enhance your quality of life and provide opportunities for socializing and recreational activities. New homes also tend to include Homeowners Associations (HOA’s) — And although some of these associations come at a monthly fee, you can ensure that your community stays beautiful for years to come and that your home’s value stays on the rise.

More Inventory

Currently, there is a significant scarcity of homes, largely due to the combination of extended lifespans and move-down buyers favoring aging-in-place solutions over downsizing. That means that millennials and first-time home buyers face limited options when it comes to buying a home. However, purchasing a new home in Columbia presents a practical resolution to this housing predicament — Especially because we have lots of land available to build on still and home prices are still affordable.

New Home Feel

One of the most attractive features of buying a new home is that it becomes exclusively yours. No one else has lived there before you, used your stove for cooking, or slept in your bedroom. It’s understandable that many people are drawn to the fresh and unique experience of owning a brand new home.

Now, here’s the thing…

The new construction sales rep may tell you that you don’t need a Realtor® to buy a new home, but that’s not in your best interest. This is because they represent the builder, not the buyer. You need someone to represent YOU.  The builder’s rep typically only represents the rights of the builder.  Hiring your own agent first ensures that someone has the fiduciary obligation to represent your best interests.  Without hiring an agent, you are on your own. And the builder typically pays our commission.

A great real estate agent can guide you through the entire process – everything from contract, to construction, to final walkthrough, to close. And if anything goes array, your agent should be right there by your side to make sure that your interests are protected.

If you are interested in purchasing a new home in the Columbia SC Metro contact Donna Garrick today to learn more about the process of buying a new construction home.

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