Positives of Purchasing Newly Built Homes
February 25, 2016
New homes feature newer and better materials, built-in appliances, high-speed data access, more wiring for all those electronics, and goodies like whirlpool tubs, and easy-to-clean plastic tub enclosures.
Many new homes come equipped with hard-wired smoke detectors on every level, complete with battery back up should the power go out. Fires are diminished due to the lack of need for space heaters and because of more efficient central heating systems and better insulation.
Electrical power systems in new homes are properly sized for the heavier electrical demands of today’s homes, and wiring systems are less likely to cause fires. Circuit breakers have replaced fuse boxes, which can be overloaded by using the wrong-size fuse. Ground fault interrupters for bathrooms, kitchens, and outside receptacles reduce the chance of fire and electrocution. Today’s glass in tub enclosures and patio doors in new homes must be tempered so that it will crumble if broken instead of shattering into large jagged pieces that can seriously injure people.
The building industry has responded to the health risks of certain products by building with products and systems that make new homes better for your health. Asbestos, which can increase the risk of respiratory disease, has been eliminated from shingles, pipe, cement board, roof tar, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, and insulation. Lead, a potential poison, is no longer used as an ingredient in paint or as solder for plumbing.
Formaldehyde emissions from particle board and hardwood plywood have been greatly reduced in new homes. And urea-formaldehyde finishes on most kitchen cabinets are now baked or cured to minimize emissions. Builders are now installing systems to control radon gas where it is a problem. Older homes frequently have no gravel in which to collect the gas, no polyethylene film to retard movement of the gas through the slab, and no vent pipes. Mitigating radon from an existing home is generally far more expensive than building radon prevention techniques into a new home.
Because of better windows, more efficient heating and cooling equipment, better control of air infiltration, and greater use of insulation, new homes consume half as much energy as older homes. Older homes tend to be drafty and less comfortable, and frost and condensation are more likely to appear on windows, drip down, and cause deterioration of wood trim and walls.
Another great point, is that new homes require less maintenance. New homes are available with siding, windows, and trim that never need painting. Wood decks are typically made of pressure-treated lumber resistant to rot and insects. Pressure-treated wood also is used where wood comes in contact with concrete.
Ultimately, buyers’ decisions will come down to what they want to spend on a home and improvements, access to work and services, and community amenities. In a new neighborhood, where everything is new and shiny, a lot of selling isn’t needed.
Here’s a great article on New Homes vs. Old Homes – Which Is Right for You? and a useful video on How to Buy a House.