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.

Thinking about buying a new build?
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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring is the perfect time to assess winter damage, start repairs and prepare for warmer months. After a long winter, it is a good idea to spend time on preventive measures to help maintain your home and property throughout the year.
Here are 8 tips to properly maintain your home this spring.

Spring Maintenance Tips








1.Exterior inspection and repairs

Take advantage of the spring weather to do an outdoor inspection of your home. Examine the foundation wall to see if it sustained any damage over the winter. Watch for cracks or leaks and repair as required. Look for low spots that may have formed next to the foundation that could trap water. Homeowners or landlords can prolong the life of an asphalt driveway by filling cracks; and every two to five years, apply a driveway surface finish.

2.Clean out the gutters and downspouts

In winter, gutters and downspouts often cease to work as they fill with ice. That winter build-up can damage eavestroughs. Check them every spring for leaks and for sections that are low, or only loosely attached to the roof. Remove debris and use a hose to flush out the eavestroughs, clearing away smaller debris and at the same time checking for leaks and pooling.

Hosing will also show if all the downspouts and their extensions are working right: this is important because, if the extensions are detached or leak, water will soak into the ground right at the foundation leading to a damp basement.

3. Look for moisture

When warm, moist air comes into contact with a surface that is too cold, moisture condenses. Over time, if the air in your house is too humid, the result may be damage to the house structure, your possessions and possibly your health. You can keep your basement dry by ensuring the surrounding landscaping, driveways and walkways slope away from the house.

Adequate ventilation to deal with kitchen and bathroom moisture, good air circulation and maintaining adequate heat throughout your house are important and effective methods to help prevent moisture problems.

4. Wash windows

Clean the grime off glass inside and out for a lighter, brighter home indoors and increased curb appeal outdoors. Wash the exterior windows yourself by using a hose attachment or hire a pro to get the job done.

5. Clean your fireplace

If your home has a working wood-burning fireplace, the end of winter is a good time to give it a fresh start. Protect your hands with gloves and cover the area around the fireplace with a tarp. Carefully remove the (completely cool) remains of any charred logs and ash using fireplace tools. Then gently clean the fireplace surround. Do not attempt to clean inside the chimney — that job should be left to a professional chimney sweep.

6. Check screen doors and windows

Screens are designed to let the breeze flow in and keep the bugs out, but they can only do their job if they’re free from holes and tears.
Before setting up your screens for the warm months ahead, be sure to carefully check each one and repair any holes or tears, no matter how small. You can find repair kits at most hardware and home-improvement stores.

7. Schedule air-conditioning service. 

To get the longest life out of your cooling system and keep it running as efficiently as possible, change the filters at least once each season, and hire a licensed professional to service the equipment before the start of summer.

8. Begin spring landscaping

Once the snow has completely melted, undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees. To encourage a lush lawn, fertilize the grass before the summer and re-sow to replace dead patches of grass.

A little home maintenance in the spring can go a long way to keeping your home safe and secure throughout the rest of the year.

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Whether you’re ready for it or not, fall has arrived. As the days get shorter and the temperature more brisk, it’s time to put away the lawn furniture and get your house prepared for what’s in store over the next six months. Here are some tips on things you should do now to help make your home more comfortable during fall (and winter!)

  1. Clean Out, Repair and Secure Loose Eavestroughs And Downspouts
    Make sure to have your eavestroughs clear of debris and downspouts tightly fastened to help protect your roof and your foundation from water and ice damage.
  2. Repair Exterior Caulking Before Winter
    Cracked caulking can cause damage to your windows and will be a source for water to get into your home. Repairing exterior caulking will make your home less drafty and more comfortable while protecting your windows and helping you save on your energy bills!
  3. Fix Cracks in Your Weather Stripping
    Cracks from summer sun and aging reduce the effectiveness of weather stripping to keep the cold out. Weather stripping should be replaced every few years for the best result.
  4. Repair Any Loose Roof Shingles
    Your roof is critical to the integrity of your home. Damaged shingles can cause water leakage into the attic or the space between the roof and your top floor. Also take notice of missing shingles – an indication you have a potential roof vulnerability.
  5. Turn Your Furnace On
    Best way to make sure that you’ll be comfortable this winter is to test your furnace before the really cold winter weather hits. If you’re not sure how well your furnace is working, you’ll have time to have it inspected. Don’t forget to change your air filters too!
  6. Check and If Necessary, Replace Your Carbon Monoxide Detector
    Winter is the season when we are indoors almost all the time and your furnace – and other heat sources – generate carbon monoxide as they heat your home. A carbon monoxide detector monitors levels in your home and will alert you if levels ever rise. Make sure you test your detector regularly and change the batteries.
  7. Ensure Your Smoke Alarm Is Working
    Most home fires occur during the winter, an important reason to check your smoke alarm. Don’t forget to change your batteries on a regular basis too
  8. Protect Pipes in Unheated Areas Around Your Home
    Frozen pipes can cause some serious damage. Look around your home, especially areas where it is not heated and where pipes may run through such as crawlspaces, basements or garages. Wrap the pipes with pre-made foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation. This will reduce the likelihood of your pipes freezing in the winter and bursting.
  9. Turn off any faucets outside
    Water left undrained can freeze, which can cause the pipes to burst. Disconnect your garden house and drain the remaining water.
    Check out our how-to video below!
  10. Put your air conditioning unit to rest
    A/C window units should be removed and properly stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions before winter in order to protect the unit and help keep cooler outside air from getting inside.
    Whole home A/C units should be powered down from the breaker in your main electrical panel. If you have a safety shut-off switch located outside by the A/C unit that should be turned off as well.

Window Condensation in Your Home

Do you remember the windows your house getting foggy during thanksgiving? Or noticed the beads of water running down the inside of your windows during cooler weather? Many new homeowners worry when they see this, and their first thought is my window must be faulty. But that’s not the case. It’s likely your windows are doing what they’re supposed to do – keeping outdoor air outside.

Moisture on windows, also known as window condensation is usually a sign of too much humidity in the house. Condensation occurs as a result of warm air coming into contact with a cooler surface such as your window pane. Some new homeowners will simply ignore window condensation as an eyesore and a common occurrence in many homes. While it’s true that condensation will affect your view of the outdoors, it can also cause other long-lasting effects if not properly addressed.

Frequent and/or excessive water and drip/run onto window frames, walls, siding, and flooring, causing water damage that may warp wood and dissolve fabric or drywall over time. The presence of consistent condensation on or around your windows may also invite mold growth which can also affect your comfort and your health.

The solution to both these issues is simple. Your home needs more ventilation. Open a couple of windows an inch or two or try running bathroom and range hood fans a little longer then normal. Fresh, low-moisture air is pulled inside as stale, humid air is forced out. Increasing the ventilation in your home will help level the humidity and dry the windows out.

Worried you’ll be losing heat along with that stale moist air?

Today, most homes have a ventilation appliance called a heat recovery ventilator or HRV. The HRV pulls fresh outdoor air into your home while recovering most of the heat from that stale, humid air while pushing it out. If your home doesn’t have one you can have one installed with your existing furnace unit. Make sure to contact a heating and ventilation professional who’s properly qualified to do this type of specialized.

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