New Home Construction vs Buying an Existing Home – Kansas City

Eagle 1 Construction is a leader in new home construction in Kansas City. We have built countless new homes in the metro area while working closely with our architects and engineers to create homes of beauty and integrity. If you are planning to buy a house and are debating about whether or not to build a new one or buy an existing home, we may be able to help you with your decision.

We encounter this topic from time to time and have found that, while an existing home has charm and offers an indescribable aesthetic value, there is nothing like a brand new home built to your specifications. There are several pros and cons for either option and knowing some of them can help make your decision easier.

New home construction involves building from the ground up – a home that begins in the planning stage and carries through to completion – and customized to your particular specifications. So a new home allows you to select the details you want. and gives you the ability to customize your new home.

Customization may be a pro for the home buyer looking for an open floor plan. Most existing homes were built years ago, before “open floor plans” were a desirable thing. Also, buying an existing home may require you to increase your investment with upgrades: flooring, cabinets, appliances, roofing, etc., all may be outdated. But, with a new home construction you are guaranteed brand new, what you want home finishing. 

If energy efficiency is a concern, a new home construction can be a better choice . Older homes tend to have older/used HVAC, plumbing , sewer, and electrical systems.  These systems will need to be replaced and the key would be in finding one that has been upgraded within the last 1-2 years. A new home will have the latest and up to code systems, windows, insulation, doors and appliances. No upgrades required.

Buying an existing home means you inherit things like smells, stains, and the paint choices of the previous owners. Things like a musty smell due to mold or older carpet or lead paint in a home built before 1978 can be dangerous to your health. New homes eliminate all of these threats.

Another pro to building a new home is room sizes. When you buy an existing home, you may have to make a few sacrifices, like on room size and location, the number of closets and bathrooms, or garage space. Upgrade costs can run pretty high, and renovations almost always result in unexpected cost surprises. New homes begin with you defining the size and layout, so you decide the key factors before building begins.

We, at Eagle 1 Construction , hope this blog has helped you in your decision process. We will be happy to sit down with you and go over all your concerns and options. At Eagle 1 Construction, you will have the opportunity to speak directly to Brian, the owner, and builder. Schedule a meeting or fill out our Free Consultation Form. You will be contacted within 24 to 48 hours.