Shopping for a new home can involve seemingly endless choices. One of the biggest decisions you will be faced with is whether to buy a resale or new construction home. Resales are often presented as a better value but finding the perfect resale home can be a big challenge, particularly in the current real estate climate where inventory is limited and homes move off the market very quickly. It can be a long and frustrating journey as you wait for the perfect home in the right price range to become available. However, building a new home is an excellent alternative with a long list of “pro’s” … the home you want with all the features you need, product warranties and a great neighborhood with amenities, all at a great value.
As you begin to research and tour new home communities
in the Charleston area, you’ll need to decide whether to build or buy an inventory home
. Several factors weigh in on this decision, the two biggest being what your time frame is to move, and the degree of customization that you want in your new home. Many communities have homes ready for quick move-in
. The advantage of these quick move-in homes is they can typically close within thirty days to several months and involve an easy, hassle-free sales process. A trained designer has carefully selected all of the interior design elements of the home, the construction process is complete or in its final stages, and what you see is what you will get. Often these “spec move-in ready” homes are priced attractively at a discount to entice potential buyers.
Another option involves building a new home from the ground up. In this case, you select the homesite on which your home will be built, the floorplan that best suits your lifestyle with any modifications (such as converting a loft to an additional bedroom or adding a sunroom) and all of the interior design features (think paint colors, trim packages, appliances, etc). This process typically takes from four to eight months depending on your price range, the builder and municipality with the results in a home that is 100% YOU. A huge benefit of this process is that you ultimately control the price of your home by selecting what you’re putting into it and you can prioritize what big ticket items you want to spend your money on. Is it worth an extra $10K to have a lakefront homesite? Do you want to splurge on high-end appliances? Are hardwood floors a must? You can check off your “must have” boxes from the get-go rather than having to try and budget to retrofit a used home to accommodate your needs.
Whether you select an already built inventory home or build from the ground up, there are several undeniable benefits of new construction. Your home will be clean and brand new; imagine a space that no one has ever lived in before! You will also have peace of mind as your home will have full homeowner’s warranties
should anything go wrong. This makes life a lot easier than buying a house with a history that might leave you dealing with a prior homeowner’s problems. Your home will also come with the latest technology and features, properly installed and ready to enjoy from the day you move in. Charleston area new home builders work hard to build with the latest green technology and techniques, ensuring that your new home will be energy-efficient, helping you save money and the environment for years to come.
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