For those that are tossing up whether to buy an existing home or build new, there’s something that the team here at Steelcraft Framing all agree upon…there’s something special about building. Some may think that we are slightly biased but there’s some things that you just can’t refute when you compare the two, so we thought we’d dedicate this post to sharing them with you.
Creative (and thermal) control
Choosing, building and moving into your own home is such an emotionally charged experience and an expression of you. When choosing the design, colour selections, specifications, and internal furnishings it feels like you’re creating you little castle in the world which shows and has your family’s personality, a place where you picture you and your family making memories.
Something dear to our heart, is the way that building also allows you to choose what materials you build with. Lightweight materials like steel not only allow for quicker construction so you can get into your dream home faster, but also allow you to build smarter as these materials can positively affect the thermal environment of your home. So you can be cooler in Summer and warmer in Winter.
No old baggage
In a similar sense to buying a second-hand car, sometimes those that buy existing get a little more than what they bargained for. Old wiring, pipes, termites in the framing, bugs/rodents, things can need fixing –a real issue if you are on a budget and then need to pay for repairs after purchasing.
Then there’s also the sense of the unknown…who knows what issue is behind the walls and what it will cost you.
On the other hand, when you build new you have the peace of mind of the builder’s guarantees and warranties. And when you build with a Steelcraft frame you’ll get a 50-year warranty giving you additional peace of mind.
So fresh and so clean
This is one of the most mentioned one’s when you talk to someone who has built new… living in a home that no one else has lived in before has the added appeal of being completely fresh and clean. You won’t be living in any else’s dirt and you know that the home comes with the most modern fixtures and fittings.
It’s brand new for the same price or sometimes less
The fact is that building new can cost you less. With reduced stamp duty and additional grants, a new home is usually also more energy efficient so will save on those pesky bills. But that’s not all…
Depending on where you live, research shows that it can be cheaper to build a home rather than to buy existing. According to CoreLogic RP data (March 2017) here’s a comparison across the States:
Sydney: Cheaper to build
Melbourne: Cheaper to build
Brisbane: Cheaper to buy an existing home
Adelaide: Cheaper to build
Perth: Cheaper to buy an existing home
Hobart: Cheaper to buy an existing home
So, there you have, our thoughts on why you’d buy new. Have we tempted a few of you out there? We hope so as we know you won’t regret it.