The housing market in North Central West Virginia is booming, and if you're looking for a new home in or around the Morgantown area, you generally have two choices: buy an existing structure or build a brand new one.
There is a lot of discussion about which choice is the best, but we would argue that building a brand new home is overall the better choice. Of course, you would probably expect a homebuilder to say that, so let us back up our statement with some solid reasoning.
Here are 5 reasons to build a new home instead of buying an existing home (and why building a modular home is the best choice of all!):
New building techniques like modular construction has raised the bar on construction quality. Modular homes are stronger and more stable, able to withstand severe weather like hurricanes and heavy snow better than homes that were built with traditional methods. And because modular homes are built in a climate-controlled factory, the materials used are not exposed to weeks or months of damaging weather. When you add in the expertise of an "assembly-line" work force who does one job, day in and day out (installing windows, laying carpet, plumbing, etc.), you get a much higher quality end product.
A well-built new home is more energy efficient, with better insulation and more efficient systems like heating and air conditioning. The appliances will use newer technology to reduce your bills while helping the environment. Windows will be double-pane and doors will have tighter, straighter seals. This will help to save you money in the long run. And if that's not enough to get you excited about saving with a new construction, think about that brand new roof that won't need replaced for 30 years!
A home is a big investment, no matter how you look at it. However, building a new home can often be more cost-effective than buying an existing house, especially when you compare your options by price per square foot. And if you build using modular techniques you can expect to save even more per square foot, due to the efficiency of this building method.
When you make a large investment, it's important to be happy with what you purchased. And when it comes to buying a home, it's even more important to get what you want and need! After all, you and your family will be living in this home for years to come, so why settle for the strange floor plans and tiny rooms that usually come with buying an older home when you can customize your floor plan in just about any way you can imagine? Want a bigger kitchen? No problem. Need an extra bedroom or Mother-In-Law suite? Consider it done. It's often much more difficult (and costly!) to renovate and customize an existing structure with a strange layout than it is to design what you want from the ground up. And our expert team at Paradise Homes can help walk you through the process step-by-step.
One of the biggest challenges with buying an existing home is that it's already there, sitting on a piece of land on a street in a neighborhood. If you love the home but don't like the area of town it's in...well, that can easily be a dealbreaker. Or maybe you love a specific neighborhood, so you settle for a house that doesn't quite meet your needs. The key here is the word "settle." When you build a new home, you don't have to settle. You can have the house you want on the land you want. This is especially great for people who prefer living out away from town - perhaps you own some acreage or farmland and would like to live more comfortably on the property you already have. Or maybe your children want to stay close, so they build on an adjacent plot of land. As they say in the real estate business: it's all about "location, location, location."
We hope this list has given you some food for thought. If you'd like to learn more about your options for building a new home, stop by our office in Morgantown and talk to one of our experts. Tour a few of our model homes to see what you like, and then sit down with us and let us customize a floor plan that will fit your needs perfectly.
If you'd like to learn more about modular construction, download our FREE guide by clicking here!