(Closed) New construction home vs previously owned?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: Houses: New construction vs previously owned. What did you go with?
    New construction! : (37 votes)
    36 %
    Previously owned : (65 votes)
    64 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We just bought a house and it’s a one owner home.  They were the ones to had it built in the first place.  There are a few things I would dot o change this house but a lot of it isn’t really that much of a deal breaker that it has to be done now.

    If you go to new construction, really check out the builder.  We have a lot of homes being built now but a lot of them are sacrificing quality to make it cheaper.

    Post # 5
    Member
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    YAY!  I am so excited.  As of yesterday we officially have a realtor and are looking for land to build a custom home on.  I can’t wait to pick out all the details and appliances, esp since this will be our last and only home that we will have.

    Post # 6
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    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Personally, we chose a pre-owned home. It’s all settled in, no nail pops, no warranties, it made life so much easier. My sister bought a new construction home around the same time and it seems like she’s had a constant parade of construction workers in and out of her house for 2 years fixing x, y and z. That being said though, Darling Husband and I are also in the process of looking for land to build our own home. BUT we’ll be building it ourselves rather than letting a builder do it, so we’ll be there to oversee quality and workmanship every single day.

    It’s funny, my sister would never have chosen a pre-owned home, and I never would choose a pre-construction/builder home. Lol!

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We don’t have any affordable new construction in our area, so we had to buy previously owned.  Luckily we scored a foreclosure, so we got a deal, and used some extra cash to do rennovations.  Carpet, hardwood, bathrooms, kitchen, the whole 9 yards.  I love our house, but it was a lot of work.  If I could have had the perfect finishes in new construction at an affordable price, I would have.  It’s just not a reality where I live.

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @cherrycoke: I would like to update the kitchen (granite counters, new appliances) and new carpet in the bedrooms.

    I was pickey at the beginning to but the market really isn’t as great as everyone says it is and we didn’t have a million options to choose from in our range so we ended up going a bit bigger than we were looking for.

    Post # 11
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    1131 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d love a really old home <3

    Post # 12
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    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @cherrycoke: We are going to be doing what bakerella is doing, Darling Husband, with the help of a few buddies who are all in construction, will be the general contractor.  I suspect it will take more time than just regular building, but since this is going to be our retirement home it is worth it to us.  Right now we are trying to decide if we want to borrow from a bank or just cash in an annuity and just have it paid, there are ups and downs to both.

    Post # 14
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    2086 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    I am currently living in my first new construction home.  I hated it for the first year.  I lived in pre-war buildings in Boston before this and loved the character and charm of those buildings. 

    I think really well made new construction is getting more rare.  We’ve toured some and while the idea of having a blank slate is nice, I didn’t like some of the cut corners we saw.

    I’d only buy new construction after a really, really thorough home inspection.

    Post # 15
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    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @cherrycoke: I think in general, her builder wasn’t honest with her, but I think also, there were issues they could have foreseen (and I tried to warn them about) but they were so excited about the “new shiny” that they turned a blind eye to them. Those were more site related than the construction of the house though. In the house itself, every single kitchen cabinet was damaged. The supplier had recently decided to move it’s factory to Mexico and I guess the guys in the factory up here were mad… They’ve had problems with their roof, their driveway, their bathroom. The grout on the bathroom floor vs the tile on the bathtub were two different colours. The only way to fix that is to rip off all the tile on the bathtub and start from scratch. Ya, the builder’s not going to do that…

    BUT to her, it was all worth it because it’s her dream home. To me, I’d rather hire an architect and design my dream home rather than pick one from a choice of plans. It’s a lifestyle thing too. She loves living in a subdivision whereas in our neighbourhood, it’s older and no two houses are the same.

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