For a lot of people in the market for a new place to live, the decision to buy vs. build can be a daunting one. Building a home is often perceived as the lesser option, requiring more work and time than finding a place that’s move-in ready or only a little bit of a fixer-upper. But the truth is that building a custom home can be more than worth the effort. Here’s why you should build a custom home rather than buying an existing home.
Get Exactly What You Want
The number one reason to build a custom home is that it’s the only way to get exactly what you want. Unless it’s your goal to live in a 100-year old mansion, building it yourself is the only way to ensure that everything meets your exact vision. When buying a home that’s already built, you may have to settle: the location might be perfect but the house is a little too small or it doesn’t have a separate mother-in-law suite or there aren’t enough bathrooms. Building the house yourself guarantees that you can have all the things you need in your home, without having to settle or remodel extensively.
You Know the History
There’s a reason that people buying used cars want to see the Carfax, and it shouldn’t be different for buying homes. If you build a custom home, you know the history of that home—and it’s very recent history. You know exactly when it was built, by whom it was built, how old the appliances are, how old the heater is, and all of those other things that homeowners need to know.
No Maintenance Issues
Following that you know the history of the home, there also won’t be any of the maintenance issues that come with older homes—even homes that are only 5 or 10 years old. In homes that were built a few years ago or many years ago, water heaters will need replacing, shingles might start coming loose, or the air conditioner might die. With a new home, all of those critical components are brand new, and won’t need to be replaced for years and years.
Greater Cost Efficiency than Remodeling
It might seem like remodeling is cheaper than building a new house—after all, it seems like all the big stuff is done, pouring the foundation, putting on the roof, etc. But, if you buy a home and then remodel it, you might be out more money than if you built a custom home. Why? Because not only are you paying for the cost of the home and property, you also have to pay for the renovations, which, depending on how extensive they are, can be costly.
Greater Energy Efficiency and Eco-Friendly-ness
Old homes are not known for being energy efficient. Even the homes built five years ago are behind the times in terms of the latest and greatest technologies and materials that can make your home energy efficient. Building yourself ensures that you can use the best and most energy efficient materials, which will save you money on your energy bill, and it’s a little greener, too.
If you think a custom home is right for you and want to create your perfect dream home, give Konkol Custom Homes a call. Our team is experienced at creating luxury homes that our clients love.