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March 20, 2024

Buying Pre-Owned vs. New Construction: The Benefits of Fresh New Homes

It’s Spring… aka New Home Season. This is the time of year when searching for a new home is as popular as picking flowers! As you begin your new home search, there are several questions to ponder. First, where do you want to live? If you’re looking in Coastal Georgia, you’re already off to a good start. Ernest Homes builds in some of the best areas around Savannah, Georgia, offering beautiful weather, historical charm, great food, and so much more. After narrowing down a location, your next consideration might be whether you want to purchase a new construction home or a pre-owned home. It’s a decision that will depend on factors such as your budget, what kind of lifestyle you want, how quickly you need to move, and more. Here, we’ve compared some aspects of purchasing a new construction Ernest home over pre-owned homes.

Why Choose New Construction Over Pre-Owned Homes

Totally Fresh | Built to the highest standards, our newly built homes are engineered for durability, ensuring years of worry-free living without the prospect of immediate maintenance concerns. With brand-new appliances, fixtures, and materials, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is equipped with the latest technology and built to modern standards. Furthermore, the absence of wear and tear from previous occupants means that you have the opportunity to personalize your space without having to contend with remnants of others' lifestyles. It's a chance to establish your own legacy in a pristine environment, tailored to your preferences, and free from the uncertainties and potential hidden costs that often accompany buying a used property. 

Expert Design | Our new construction homes are designed with modern, open floor plans that you can personalize to suit your lifestyle, as well as large kitchens and living rooms, and flex spaces that can be used for whatever you need. Every design detail and finish has been meticulously chosen by our professional designers. From the cabinet door styles to sleek lighting choices—every detail is modern, on-trend, and handpicked to perfection. While some homebuyers relish the selection process, others prefer to entrust these decisions to professionals. If you fall into the latter category, our move-in ready homes are an ideal option for you.

Hot Locations | Our new construction homes are built in communities strategically placed near schools, shopping, dining, and entertainment. There are many ways to connect with friendly neighbors, even ones who may also be new to the area. Get to know your neighbors by visiting one of the amenities (another plus for new construction) at the community pool, fitness center, or clubhouse. 

Smart Money | Budget will come into play no matter what kind of home you choose. While new construction can be more expensive than pre-owned homes, they offer cost-effective benefits. For instance, all of the systems are brand new, including the HVAC system, appliances, roof, and foundation. This means no worries about costly repairs and may mean cheaper home insurance. The energy-efficient features of a new home will also save in utility costs. Another cost-saving benefit is that many builders partner with trusted lenders who offer great financing options. Some builders may also offer perks to help with closing costs, and/or buying down your rate.

Timing Is Everything | The time frame for a new construction home will vary depending on what stage you choose. A home built from the ground up offers the excitement of seeing the progress of your home from its inception. But if your timeline is accelerated, you don’t have to wait for a new construction home to be built. Quick move-in homes have shorter wait times since they are either on their way to being built or are ready for sale. You’ll not only get a brand new, never-lived-in home but be able to move in sooner. Either way, there is an option that will fit with your timeframe.

Peace of Mind | Buying a home is a big purchase worth protecting. Luckily, with a new Ernest home, you will have the guarantee of our builder's warranty. Our 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty includes a one-year workmanship warranty, a two-year systems warranty, and a 10-year structural warranty. Not only will you have peace of mind that your purchase is protected, but you will also save money on costly repairs.

Long-Term Value | At Ernest Homes, we believe that building a home is an investment in your family’s future and should be considered a long-term financial and lifestyle decision. Accordingly, we build the best homes our clients can afford. We evaluate both cost and value in the construction of our homes. From their distinctive architecture to their unparalleled craftsmanship to their attention to detail, Ernest homes create an immediate and unparalleled sense of value. Although there may be short-term fluctuations, your home’s value most likely will increase in the long term. So if you are interested in building or buying your “forever” home, an Ernest home is a great investment, financially and emotionally.

Contact Ernest Homes for New Construction Homes in Savannah, Georgia

Buying a new construction home comes with so many positive benefits that a pre-owned home just can’t match. When looking for a home with cost savings, energy efficiency, modern floor plans, and warranties situated in prime locations, look no further than a new home. Better yet, choose an Ernest home in Savannah and surrounding areas. For over 30 years, we’ve helped many families find their perfect home where they can enjoy these benefits and more. We look forward to helping you too! Take a moment to browse our wide selection of floor plans and let us know when you find the one you love or if you have any questions.


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