Many homebuyers wrestle with the decision of whether to buy a new home or one that’s pre-owned. There was a time when this decision was more difficult to make because the features were similar. However, new building materials and construction techniques have created financial and lifestyle advantages, making the new home purchase a far superior choice. Here’s why:
A new Highland home is more energy efficient than a home that was built even a few years ago. There have been huge advancements in building science, systems and materials that provide a drastic reduction in monthly energy costs from homes that were built 5 years ago – let alone 20 years ago! Even the remodeling efforts that are used to update older homes and make them more energy efficient will never be as effective as those that are built into a new Highland home.
Fresh Architectural Designs
Some pre-owned homes simply look dated. A new Highland home is designed for today’s families and their changing lifestyles. With a new home, buyers can enjoy the most current advancements in technology, appliances, floor plans, and on-trend design accents.
Lower Costs of Ownership
New homes have almost no maintenance requirements for many years after they are constructed and anything that might surface is covered by the builder’s warranty and service agreements. Pre-owned homes do not enjoy this advantage and often these simple maintenance tasks are overwhelming. Included in the purchase price of every home, Highland offers three types of warranties that can take care of anything which might arise in the near and long-term future: A one-year warranty for functional (windows and doors); A two-year warranty for mechanical systems and a 10-year structural warranty.
Older homes are also in constant need of painting, flooring replacement, kitchen appliance replacement, plumbing and other expensive updates. With a new Highland home, you can enjoy the benefit of all new materials.
Personalization of a New Home
With a new home, you can make it your own! Unlike a pre-owned home, which might have been designed for a completely different family from yours, a new Highland home allows the buyer to choose the perfect floor plan and add options that accommodate the individual needs of their family. Customized colors, finish-work and other personal touches are just some of the options available.
The Workmanship is Better
You’ve probably heard the phrase: They don’t make ‘em like they used to. This is true. Quality homebuilders make ‘em BETTER than they used to! Consumers have learned that they can enjoy the best materials, products and workmanship. Construction methods have also advanced dramatically. Highland Homes combines these advancements to deliver homes that are both environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
Highland Homes are Inspected Three Times
Most buyers of pre-owned homes have had horror-stories about the slip-shod inspection that occurred before closing. With a new Highland home, this is avoided.
In addition to Highland’s own quality assurance professionals, each Highland home is inspected by three outside entities:
- A City Inspection guarantees that all new homes meet the latest, stringent municipal codes.
- Burgess Construction Consultants, a third party consultant, is hired to inspect the construction quality of every new Highland home.
- Environments for Living, a third party energy rater, inspects each home and assigns a HERS rating to guarantee a range for the monthly utility bills.
All of these benefits make it an easy decision to buy a new home!