A New Home Versus A Used Home: A Buyer’s Dilemma


As a consumer in the market for a new place to call home, deciding whether to buy new or used is often the first decision you’ll need to make. Answering this question requires you to fully consider the pros and cons of each offering.

Finding a quality home at your price point, in the location you want, that also includes your wish-list of amenities are common priorities, but there may be other factors you haven’t fully considered. Issues that may not seem critical during the house shopping phase can quickly gain importance after you sign on the dotted line and move in. These issues, and their associated costs, are why it is important to fully understand the real differences between buying new or used.


The Reality of Buying Used

Used homes sound good in theory but sometimes lack in practice for many reasons. First and foremost, a used home comes with many uncertainties.

How much do you really know about the previous owners? The reality is the neglect of simple maintenance or an ill-advised do-it-yourself project could manifest into much larger issues down the road.

Are there unknown construction or structural defects? An error in the home’s construction can lead to long-term problems that may not become apparent for several years, and could seriously impact your pocketbook to repair.

In addition, any money potentially saved by buying used is oftentimes offset by maintenance costs and extra utility expenses. These costs are typically common in older homes that have inefficient and outdated home components such as windows, doors, building materials, and appliances.


The Advantages of Buying New

In addition to the smell of fresh paint and the feel of new carpet, new construction delivers a variety of benefits, including:

  • Custom Design – New home builders often give you the opportunity to pick and choose the items and amenities that fit best with the way you live. Buying a new home allows you to take your dreams from “wish list” to reality.
  • Energy Efficiency – From the insulation to the windows to the appliances, new homes are built to be energy efficient and are “greener” and safer than older, used homes. Modern building practices result in long-term energy savings and can reduce the need for the replacement of outdated items.
  • Warranty Coverage – Extended warranty protection from a third-party warranty provider offers peace-of-mind to homebuyers and assures them they’ve purchased a home from a quality builder. When you have warranty coverage, you don’t have to wonder about defects or costly repairs, but can instead have confidence that your builder has provided you with a quality home, stands behind their work, and will resolve any warranty items quickly and professionally.

 Warranty Protection from StrucSure Home Warranty

When you buy a new home that comes with a warranty from StrucSure Home Warranty, you can sleep better at night, knowing you are covered in the event of a construction or structural defect*. If you live in a used home without warranty coverage and a defect occurs, you could find yourself with a hefty repair bill, or even worse, a legal nightmare, resulting in the loss of time, energy, and money.


We’ve Got You Covered!

In addition to the general benefits that a third-party warranty offers, having insurance-backed warranty protection from StrucSure Home Warranty also provides additional confidence in your builder and buying decision. Here’s why:

  • Builder Verification – StrucSure Home Warranty only accepts quality builders into our program. Builders are verified through background, credit, and financial checks, confirming they are a reputable builder who builds a quality product, addresses warranty items, and is dedicated to the homebuyer experience.
  • High Standards – By enforcing construction quality and performance standards and requiring builder members to follow strict underwriting requirements, we help ensure your home is built with pride, quality, and attention to detail.
  • Inspections – We require multiple inspections (even if your home is built in an area that doesn’t require county inspections) throughout the construction process, including a structural inspection, foundation inspection, frame inspection, and a final inspection. Each of these inspections must be completed and approved on each house before warranty coverage goes into effect, providing additional assurance regarding the quality of your home.


Buy New and Sleep Better at Night!

When shopping for a new place to rest your head at night, buy new and sleep better knowing you have the best warranty coverage available in the industry. For more information, talk to your builder, call StrucSure Home Warranty at 1.877.806.8777, or visit www.strucsure.com.