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Why a New Home is Better

If a home comes up for sale in a mature neighbourhood where there’s an established sense of community and a history of strong property values, buying a resale home can be a good choice. However, there are several reasons why buying a new home is often the wiser choice.

We just don’t build homes the way they used to – and that’s a good thing! Today’s homes are built with state-of-the-art technology using lowmaintenance and durable building materials, to save you time and money. From vinyl-clad windows to aluminum soffits to clay brick, a modern home requires far less upkeep than a resale home, even a fairly modern one.

Advanced wiring and Internet-ready cabling means you can work out of your new home about as efficiently as you can in many office buildings.

Modern home design is lightyears ahead of older homes. Indeed, light is one of the main design features of today’s homes. Windows are bigger and better and they’re everywhere. They flood the interior with natural light without letting in the cold or letting out the heat. Today’s homes also offer floorplans that are very functional, accommodating your needs, not the lifestyle of some mythical family from bygone generations. Open concept plans give modern homes a light and airy feeling, yet they can be informal or formal, casual or elegant. Moreover, you can get exactly what you want, because many builders will customize the model you choose, allowing you to create rooms or styles that meet your personal needs. Options and upgrades provide further flexibility. Modern designs are also very clever when it comes to providing storage space, the lack of which is one of the biggest drawbacks of older homes.

Better insulation, higher efficiency heating systems, better windows and doors, overall tight construction and improved ventilation are hallmarks of homes built in the last few years. That means lower energy costs and a more comfortable home all year round.

With the purchase of a new home also comes peace of mind. Every new home sold in Ontario is covered by one-, two- and seven-year warranties, described in detail later. Safety is also improved, with features such as smoke detectors wired into the home’s electrical system; or video surveillance in condos.

Finally, many new homes are built in new communities, where there is consistent design among the homes and careful attention paid to public elements such as landscaping and street lighting. New home communities generally offer parks, schools, shopping and recreational amenities close at hand. 

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