The Big Question: Buying a New vs. Used Home

Posted: March, 30, 2021 | Categories: New Home Building

The last year has seen a marked increase in demand for homes, both used and new.


Looking at data comparing January 2020 to January 2021, the sale of used homes increased 23%.


The used homes inventory is what it is: you can’t build more used homes. But you can build more new homes, which is why new home sales also increased by double digits (19.3% comparing the same date range).


Other than where you want to live and how much you can spend, the biggest issue to consider is if you want to live in a new or used home. There are many advantages to buying a new vs used home. Here are five of the biggest benefits:


1. More personalization and control over features.

When you look for a used home to purchase, you have a list of wants and attempt to check off as many boxes as possible. In most homebuyers’ experiences though, buying a used home is all about compromise and settling for what you can find. The perfect used home is very rare.


With a new home, you’re often given choices and options for rooms, features, and finishes, actually getting to select the things you want most. Atlantic Builders’ Design Studio is ready to work with you to create your forever home. From flooring, to cabinetry, to lighting, to colors and textures, our Design Studio is here to help. According to happy homeowner Gilda Manzano, “It’s like shopping with a friend. All you shop for are the things you really want in your home.” Your wish list becomes a shopping list.


2. The latest technology.

One of the best parts of a brand-new home is they use new components and technology. And just like every other industry, the homebuilding industry is constantly improving the science behind its materials. Building materials are now stronger, more weather resistant, and more economical than those from even just a few years ago. We use above-builder-grade qualities and finishes throughout the entire home.


But it’s not just the outside of your new home that utilizes the latest tech, it’s inside as well. Kitchen appliances, lighting systems, bathroom accessories, air filtration, home automation & security features, and windows are just some of the aspects of a newly built home that are more advanced than those in used homes. This makes your new home more comfortable, healthier, and ready to support your happiness well into the future.


3. Improved energy efficiency.

Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. As mentioned in number two, the latest in building material technology ensures your new home has the most leading-edge solutions to energy efficiency (window technology, for example). Based on the HERS (Home Energy Rating System), our homes can save you thousands of dollars a year on energy-related expenses.


Also as mentioned in number two, your appliances, light fixtures, heating, and plumbing will also be more energy efficient. And not only energy efficient, but eco-friendly. You’ll be saving money on your electric and water bills with the knowledge that your new home has been built with environmentally safe methods too.


4. Home warranties.
All Atlantic Builders homes come with a 2/10 Warranty through Professional Warranty Service Corporation (PWSC). This covers two years of mechanical and ten years structural protection. Our homes also have our 1-year builder’s warranty, which will be reviewed at two months and ten months after move-in. Home warranties are able to be purchased for used homes, but you will actually have to spend additional funds on top of the cost of your home.


We don’t build you a house and then forget about you. We try to make sure you are happy inside your home for a long time. Experience the Atlantic Builders difference.


5. Build on your own land (BYL).

Sometimes there is really only one choice in the new vs used home debate. When looking to build on land you already own—unless you are one of those crazy-rich people who can move a castle from one location to another stone by stone—a new home is your only option. And with Atlantic Builders, it’s your best option.


With over three decade of homebuilding experience, we can help you build the home of your dreams on land you already own. With a wide range of homestyle and floorplan options, we have the flexibility to create exactly the size and shape home you desire. We also have a wide network of trade partners which, when coupled with our purchasing power in the industry, means our BYL homes are extremely cost effective. Plus, you’ll get the same PWSC 2/10 Warranty as our homes built in new communities. At Atlantic Homes, we take care of everything to make sure the entire process is easy and enjoyable.


For even more reasons we think it’s preferrable buying a new vs used home, check out our New vs. Used page.

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