To Buy or To Build

There comes a time in the new home journey you have to consider seriously, is it better to buy our new home or build one? With so many variables, it can be a tough question to answer.

Benefits of building

  • Customisation to suit your lifestyle. When you’re building a new home, you have the ability to create a home that fits your lifestyle perfectly. You can choose everything from the amount of garage spaced to the kitchen taps. This level of customisation can only come with a new build, and you get precisely what you want in a home.
  • Technology at your hands. When you build your own house, you can add the latest technology to your home. Home automation technologies will continue to be a growing trend and can improve the functionality of a space. Technologies designed for heathier, warmer homes and automatic sensor lights are small investments that can enhance a build.
  • New Homes are brand new, and usually have little to no maintenance. Proper home maintenance from an early stage should decrease the chance of issues further down the track.

Benefits of buying

  • Choice in location. When you’re looking to buy a house, you have the ability to choose what area you want to live in. It’s a lot harder to find empty land ready to build in the pre-established area, So if you have your heart set on a suburb, you might have to settle for buying a home.
  • It’s a quick option. Building a home can take months, if not years. Buying a home can mean you’re moving in, in a matter of weeks. The process is much faster than building a house, so if you need a quick fix; buying might be your best option.

Considerations with building

  • It’s a big process. Building a home is a big process. Its months of hard work, lots of paperwork and endless arguments with contractors if you don’t know what you’re doing. At 3C Homes, we work with you to design your home and take all the heavy lifting out of the build process. You’ll be kept informed on the progress and you won’t have to deal with shoddy sub-contracting work. Let us take care of that for you.
  • You could blow your budget. Many people go into a build with a figure in mind and a little bit of wiggle room. But one of the most common problems you hear about building a home is that people go well over budget. At 3C Homes, when you sign a contract with us, you know what you’re getting and you know how much it will cost you. Building gets a bad rep for overspending – we’d like to change that.

Considerations for buying

  • Time takes a toll on everything – including buildings. Although old buildings have a sort of charm to them, many older houses were built out of weak and sometimes dangerous materials. Even if you have it all checked out before signing on the dotted line, things can still pop up, and renovating can be an expensive and lengthy process in itself.
  • You get what you get.  What you see at an open home is what you pay for on auction day. If you don’t like the kitchen sink or the carpet colour, it won’t magically change when you buy a house. As I mentioned, renovations are expensive, and many older houses are not built to a standard that new homes are. Things like insulation and ventilation systems weren’t standard practice in the past and can be costly if you need to put them in.

The new home journey can be a tough road, to buy or to build is a question thousands of kiwis ask themselves every year. If you think building might be the better option for you, check out our free e-book here, and let us help you get into that new home.