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New vs. Resale Homes? There are Arguments on Both Sides.

by Brandon Simpson and Dan Lawson

There are many decisions involved in buying a home, like New vs. Resale. Should you purchase an existing residence or a newly built home? Resale homes are often found in established neighborhoods with modest, mature yards. That’s nice, but older homes may require sprucing up or renovating. New, custom-built homes give buyers the opportunity to choose a floor plan and design it from the ground up; but will it have the character and appeal of an established home?

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As any seasoned realtor will tell you, there are arguments on both sides. Here are a few of the differences and similarities when considering the two:

Architectural Features

Some older homes can have a lot of handsome features, including crown molding, high ceilings, and screened-in porches. Today’s new homes (unless you’re looking at cookie-cutter homes) carry comparable features with an updated look. Features considered upgrades with other home builders come standard with AB Homes. These include architectural shingles and granite countertops, and everything between. What modern homes lack in antiquity is gained with the help of a skilled architect and customized touches inside and out.

Floor Plans. New vs. Resale.

Many older homes have a standard floor plan—a center foyer with dining and living rooms off to the left and right, and the kitchen and den tucked in the back of the home. Most of today’s newer homes feature a multi-functional floor plan with space for family, work, and relaxation in the same general area. These plans have great appeal, with room and privacy for every person. It’s a personal choice when deciding between traditional or open plans.

Lawn and Garden Areas

An advantage of an older home is the established lawn and garden beds that you get with your purchase. It takes several years for a new yard to get started and longer for shrubs and trees to grow to maturity. Starting from scratch, however, has its advantages. You can choose the landscaping you’ve always wanted, and create outdoor living areas to enjoy the view.


You know what you’re getting with a newly-built home, from the roofing and siding to plumbing, electrical system, and appliances. As long as you keep up with your maintenance checkpoints, these features won’t need a replacement for a long time. Older homes, however, require ongoing maintenance no matter how well they’ve been kept. If you have the resources, patience, and time to keep an older home in good shape, that’s great. If you don’t, you may want to consider a new one.

Energy Efficiency

New homes really have the advantage here, with insulated walls, ceilings and floors; double-paned windows; and new energy-efficient appliances. In tandem with a new HVAC system, these features will keep you comfortable year-round, without breaking the bank. If you’re considering an old house that needs upgrading to be energy efficient, keep in mind the added labor and expense that will be required.

Are you ready to consider a new custom-built home? Give us a call today at (757) 435-9900 to schedule a video or in-person tour of our model home and current inventory.

Wherever you decide to place your welcome mat, old or new, we hope you will love and enjoy your home sweet home for many years to come.

All the best,

Brandon and Dan

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