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Derek Hulewicz
13120 St. Albert Trail NW, Edmonton, Alberta
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - Pros and cons of buying a new home!

Many of our clients have been asking this questions and I don’t have a definite answer but would wave my opinion one way than the other.


1. Nobody else has lived in the home before. For some fresh and new is to be desired, for those who have allergies, buying an older home where the previous owner had pets maybe an issue.

2. You get to choose the style of the kitchen, bathrooms, rooms, colors, layout, appliances and more.

3. New homes come with warranties.

4. New technologies are applied to new contraction.

5. Cheaper to maintain due to latest in energy efficiency heating, cooling and insulation.

6. You don’t have to worry about asbestos, lead paint, formaldehyde, or other hazardous building products.

7. Generally, very basic maintains needed in the next few years.

8. Open concept plans and contemporary styles are available.

9. You can choose your own landscaping and don’t have to worry about removing the old one.

10. The effective age of newer home reflects its value.


1. You may be living in construction zone for the next few years. Get used to more traffic, noise, muddy roads, and dust.

2. It takes a few years for new foundation to settle, you don’t know what you are facing in next couple of years.

3. It takes a few years for most of deficiencies to be visible like concrete condition, structural, roof, grading and water issues.

4. Even though you get a warranty from the builder, it is very limited and it is hard to get builders to fix any deficiencies one you move in.

5. You most likely have to do your own landscaping and fence which is an additional cost.

6. No mature trees and shrubs in the neighbourhood.

7. Most of the amenities, schools and parks are not built yet.

8. Most of newer homes are built far out from the centre of city, lack of public transportation or long commute may be an issue.

9. Some of the newer homes are built poorly.

10. You don’t know who your neighbours maybe if some of the lots are still vacant.


For me, 5 to 10 year old home is a perfect age for newer construction. I am very sceptical when it comes to building brand new. Too many cons and unknowns that are not visible and can’t be measured. At the end of the day, this is just my personal opinion and you have to decide for yourself!

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:25:00 +0000

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