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Linda Willer

Charlottesville, Virginia
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434-985-4094
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New Construction or an Older Home?

ADVANTAGES OF AN OLDER HOME
Advocates of older homes will tell you that it's difficult and potentially expensive to duplicate the charm of an older house in a newer one.

Older homes often have architectural details, higher-grade materials, and a degree of old-world craftsmanship not commonly found in newer homes. In new construction, you're likely to pay a lot for the installation of hardwood flooring. Also, the quality of a new construction home's location can be a factor. Unless you're one of the first to purchase in a new community, you may miss out on the desirable lots.

* You can see exactly what you are getting and don't have to try and picture the completed house from a set of blueprints.
* Structural faults are clearly seen and can be or have been corrected.
* The neighborhood is fully built up and its character has been established.
* Landscaping is in place and trees are mature.
* Existing homes often come with larger yards than new construction.
* There are generally fewer immediate move-in costs with an older home, because basic features like drapery tracks and sometimes window coverings are already installed.
* Special lighting fixtures are often included with the sale of an older home.

If you require a specific move-in date or need to sell your current home before purchasing another, a builder might not be able to accomodate you. Construction delays due to weather or material shortages can mean a new home won't be ready when it was promised. In addition, some builders won't accept offers with contingencies. Existing-home sellers often are more flexible on these points.


ADVANTAGES OF NEW CONSTRUCTION

On the other hand, new home advocates will point out that buying a brand new house is like getting a fresh start. You can choose to purchase a custom-built home designed exactly to suit your own needs, or a home built on order from a sample model house or plans.

* You have more flexibility with a new home in customizing your decor and landscaping to suit your tastes.
* You get fresh, unblemished walls and you can usually choose the type of flooring, carpeting and cupboards that you want.
* With most new homes, you generally get much more storage space and larger rooms.
* Today's minimum standards for plumbing, electrical, insulation, and heating systems are higher than ever before.
* Traditionally, land values tend to increase during the first few years as neighborhood services develop and the subdivision nears completion.

CONSIDER LOCATION
Regardless of what type of home you choose - old, new, or in-between - be sure you examine all your options first, so that you and your family are happy with the final choice. Experienced buyers know that location is the number-one consideration.

Start shopping online! Email LindaWiller@remax.net for property listings in your price range


Linda Willer | 434-985-4094 | Contact Me
1770 Timberwood Blvd, Suite 101 - Charlottesville, VA 22911
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