7 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Over Resale Homes

Things to consider when searching for your perfect home.

7 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Over Resale Homes









Are you in the market to find the perfect home? Deciding between new vs. resale is an ongoing debate, however, the final decision comes down to what you want out of your home. The purchase price of a new home vs. resale can be relatively comparable but are dependent on thee things: location, build and upgrades.

Cost is important but equally as important is how each home will fit with your lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a property that is “right” for you, looking to change locations, looking for an investment property or if you are a first-time home buyer, there are a few aspects to consider.

Here are the benefits and perks of buying a new build as your next home:

  1. Better Build: New builds are up to date with structural building standards. When you purchase a home with us you can feel comfortable that you are going to pay less on your monthly utility and energy bills.
  2. Little to Zero Renovations and Upkeep: Although home construction does allow you to customize your space after your purchase, a property that needs constant TLC can weigh heavy on your wallet and mind. It is important to factor in any plumbing issues or water damage that will occur through wear and tear which will come at unpredictable costs.
  3. Mess-Free: When buying a new home, you can ensure that there is no mess that you cannot tell the story behind. This means no wine stain on the carpet which probably carries a great story for the previous owners, but in your new home, not so much. Same can be said for any dents in the walls or damages to the floorboards.
  4. New Community Development: Location is an important aspect while finding a home that fits with your lifestyle. New builds are typically located in the suburbs where fresh new communities are springing up. These communities attract new restaurants, stores and entertainment close to your home.
  5. Custom Designs: Your car and your clothing reflect your personality, why shouldn’t your living space? In a new home, you can show off your personal taste to reflect your unique style. Depending on the current progress of a new home and desired possession date, you will have the ability to customize your finishes from the flooring to cabinet colours to the backsplash on your walls.
  6. Higher Resale Value: Unexpected and expected changes happen, new jobs, kids leave home. Sometimes a home simply does not work with our lifestyle anymore. If by chance you want to move a few years after you move in, your resale value will be much higher on a new build that utilizes new technology and moderns finishes.
  7. New Home Warranty: After the purchase of the home, you will not need to budget for annual maintenance within the first few years. With the Tarion Home Warranty you have 7 years of major structural defects, 2 years – plumbing, heating, and electrical systems and building envelope, and
    1 year – all other items.

Your new home purchase should be the perfect complement to your lifestyle. Overall, the cost could be greater in an older home; from energy escaping out of the home to the physical upkeep. With more money in your pocket and less time spent at the hardware store; a new build is worth the consideration.

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How to Create a Cozy Cottage Inspired Interior

Is there anything cozier than settling in on the sofa in a charming cottage?

There is something about being away from the busy city that seems to bring on a calm in people. So, it’s not shocking why people seem drawn to cottage styles within there home. Warm colours, plush furniture, and a generous scattering of art, antiques and natural materials make these country interiors perfect settings for curling up with a cup of tea.

This style isn’t restricted to cottages themselves though – anyone can bring a touch of this traditional design into their home, whether you’re nestled deep in the English countryside, stretched along a costal beach line or hidden deep in the woods.

Check out a few of our favourite examples of ultra-cozy, cottage-style designs, and prepare to get comfortable.

Rustic-Cottage Style

Photos by Eric Roth

Stone textured walls pour on the rustic charm in this lovely old English style living Room. Exposed wood beams, Vintage furnishings covered with throws, pillows, and sheepskins lend warmth on chilly nights.

Coastal-Cottage Style

Photos by Kristina Braun

If you’re by the sea or if you just want to bring the sea to you, integrate beach elements into your home. Starfish, coral, seashells and sand all pull in theme with beachy colors of soft blues, greens and sandy beiges with lots of white.

English-Cottage Style

Photos by Kitchen Architecture

Don’t be afraid to mix and layer different patterns in various colors. Crisp, white walls will always provide the perfect backdrop. Use a variety of throws, pillows, and rugs to help create an instant warmth and homey vibe. 

Did you like the ideas listed above or share your own ideas on how you made your home cottage-cozy!

Let us know in the comments below!


Hardwood or Carpet?

What is the first thing your toes touch in the morning, hardwood or carpet?

Beeny, Sarah. “Carpets vs. Wooden Floors.” Tepilo, www.tepilo.com

Flooring is one of the biggest decisions a homeowner makes. Some love the softness of carpet, the way it muffles footsteps and cushions your feet as you walk. Some people would preferer hardwood’s natural beauty. It’s easy to clean and can look new for decades if cared for properly.

Flooring is an important part of the overall feel to your home. You can use a single consistent flooring thought your home to give it a sharp, clean look or you can choose different flooring per room to give each space its own presence.

Beyond aesthetics, homeowners must consider their lifestyles when choosing flooring as this could dictate which style of flooring can be/ should be used. Does the family remove shoes at the door? Are the pets house-trained? Does the family take dinners into the family room? All of these living habits will have an effect on the life of the product you buy

If you’re choosing flooring for a new home or musing whether to replace a tired carpet with wood (or vice versa), there’s a lot to consider.


Hand-scraped wood flooring, with deeper grooves, hides the small dents and wear that can come from active families and pets. While it is a higher upfront investment than carpet, but hardwood adds a lasting value to a home that carpet can’t. It also helps alleviate allergies as it doesn’t hold on to allergens that can sink into the fibers of carpet. It is easier to spot spills, pet hair, crumbs and debris on. Spills can be completely wiped up while it would normally stain carpet, but wood needs to be cleaned more often than carpet.


Carpet is easier, faster and cheaper to install than wood flooring, which must be nailed down, glued or clicked into place. Its life can be extended with frequent vacuuming and steam cleaning but may stain and become matted over time. You can also choose from any different patterned carpets make a design impact in the space.  You can easily change a hardwood floor’s look with area rugs. Carpet is quieter than hardwood floors and warmer in winter due to the many verities in carpet length

Creating A Home Gym That Motivates You To Get Moving!

There is nothing like being able to exercise whenever you want in the comfort, and privacy of your own home.  You don’t have to make a big event of getting ready and gathering all your things to head out. You don’t have to wondering if the exercise equipment you want is in use or not and you don’t have change and shower with strangers. These are all things that hold many people back from going to a gym and reaching their fitness goals.

Image by John Cannon Homes

Then when you add in the cost of a gym membership or personal trainer, trying to workout can seem like mission impossible. Let your home become your motivational haven with your vary own home gym. A home gym might cost a bit of money to get started but once you have what you need, it will pay for itself in no time.

So, even if you’re not an exercise buff, designing your own home gym allows you to create the type of space that is motivates you to get moving Below, you’ll find some design tips to help you turn your home space into home gym that inspires you to become your best.


Space considerations

Adding a home gym doesn’t have to be a major renovation project. Using your basement or spare bedroom are great places to start. Even an uncluttered corner of your living room can work you just have to make sure there will be enough clearance around and above you and your equipment.

If you’re setting up your home gym to have Equipment such as weights or a power rack, it’s going to take up a lot of floor space. These types of equipment such as a Power Racks allow you to set the bar’s height at any level, allowing you to perform a range of different exercises with one machine. Take a look at different types of wall mounted equipment. When not in use them, they can fold up and stick out five inches from the wall, allowing you to have a more versatile gym with both a weight room and free floor spaces.

Flooring considerations

If you plan on using weights or heavy equipment in your home gym, it’s important to make sure that they’re evenly dispersed across your floor specifically ma

Image by Originate Architects

ke sure to put heavier equipment evenly on floor joist. You don’t want to load up a dumbbell rack that happens to be in between two floor joists. The average two-tiered dumbbell rack weighs around 700 lbs and Over time you could see the plywood and flooring under the rack is going to warp or it’s going to collapse under the load.


A great type is to use rubber floor mats or platforms. Not only are they vary durable, easy to clean and provide great sound insulation for when you’re at that last set and just have to drop your weights when you finish. Dropping weights can bust concrete and plywood, costing you hundreds to repair so be carful

Equipment considerations

Your equipment is one key to a successful workout. Make sure and take the time to select if you want equipment in your home gym. If so make sure your choosing

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equipment that you are going to use on a consistent basis, especially when looking at cardiovascular equipment such as Ellipticals, stair masters or treadmills. While price is often a factor for most people, paying a little more on equipment that you will utilize is a much smarter decision than spending less on a piece that will sit unused.


Resale Considerations

Finally, when deciding on the area you want to layout for your gym, consider how it will affect your home’s resale value. Not all people want a gym in there home and if you have modified the house to have a gym instead of a spare bedroom, you’ll want to make the necessary changes are made to make it a bedroom prior to relisting your home. Buyers like to picture themselves in your home and if exercise is not a part of their lifestyle, a room full of gym equipment is going to decrease the chances that they will fall in love with your home and want to buy it. Don’t forget to put your gym equipment into storage before you sell in order to show off the full potential of the space.