As a little girl, I always dreamed of growing up and living in an old Victorian house with a big porch, winding staircases, and charm up the wazoo. When Adrian and I began house hunting two years ago, we found ourselves deciding between two faves: one was an old, two story brick house, oozing with charm and character. The other, a newly built ranch spec home with a functional layout.
You know the little girl (and DIYer) in me longed for the charm and the project. But the more we considered the options, the more we knew the new home was a better fit for our family. I took some convincing, but several months after moving in I remember looking at my husband one night and telling him (to his ego’s delight), “You were right.”
Now that we’ve been here two years, I thought I’d share a few benefits of living in a new build for those who may be in the home buying process.
Benefits of Buying New
1) Practical and functional spaces, built for modern families. This was the number one reason we chose the house we did. It is a simple ranch style house, modest in size, yet the space lends itself well to spending time together as a family. A large finished basement which serves as our play room and family room really sold the house for us.
The older home we considered had comparable square footage, but it was broken up in somewhat odd ways that weren’t functional for our family’s needs.
2) We traded to-do lists for want-to-do lists. As much as I love following renovations on HGTV or dreaming up how fun it would be to restore an old house, the reality is that we ain’t handy folk. We’ve spent zero dollars on renovations or fixing broken stuff. My projects list for the house involves painting rooms, hanging curtains, and rearranging furniture (a lot).
3) Lower utilities and lower overall costs. This one piggybacks on number two in that as of yet we truly have not spent any money on must-do repairs. The house is also more energy efficient, which lends to lower costs. Our dear friends next door live in an older home and moved in about the same time we did. Before we even hit winter time that first year, our neighbors politely inquired about our electric bill because theirs had exceeded $250 with hardly any use of heat. Our electric bill that fall was under $100 a month for probably double the square footage in house. It’s a difference we feel in the budget.
I am still a lover of old homes, and if you live in one, I’m honestly jealous. (Can I come visit you?) But there are so many reasons why a new home was a great fit for us. For more information on buying and building a new home, check out BHI’s Start Fresh Buy New website, full of tips and advice on buying new.
Do you have any tips based on your experience with new or old homes that you would share with friends that might be in the market?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.