The Pros of Buying a Resale Home

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at 8:11am.

hen buying a home, many people believe that new is better. Resale homes, they believe, can come with any number of problems that new homes simply will not have. But by ignoring resale homes completely, you could miss out on some great deals and great perks that brand-new homes simply do not have. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a resale the next time you’re looking for a home.

1. Established Neighbourhoods

New homes, especially in Edmonton, are often constructed as communities that are quite far away from many of the services every family needs. They make a vehicle essential for almost every little task, from picking up some milk to taking the kids to school. Resale homes, however, are often in neighbourhoods that are built and developed to have people live in them for more than just a home. That means you can have things like grocery stores, schools, restaurants, and services all nearby, and an area that has a culture and community. And while a new home will eventually have some of these things, a resale will have them from the moment you move in, not in a few years time if everything works out.

2. Genuine Craftsmanship

While “character” can sometimes be a codeword for “in terrible shape and poorly constructed,” there are many resale homes that have already proven they were built to stand the test of time. Older homes, depending on when and where they were built in the city, can have many advantages over newer homes in terms of strength and craftsmanship. So while many new homes are an exercise in cost cutting, including the materials used, resales are often still standing because the builders chose to make something that would last, not simply turn a quick profit and fall apart later.

3. More Land

One of the many complaints that Edmonton residents have about new homes, especially ones that are built as a single, cohesive community, is the lack of outdoor space. Zoning laws and the desire for bigger, more imposing homes has led to yards that are barely the size of a patio, and they offer little opportunity for kids to play outside or give your dog some fresh air. Older homes, however, are often on larger lots and, in many cases, have smaller but still very usable homes. That means you can have more chances to enjoy the outdoors instead of being able to shake your neighbour’s hand through your bedroom window.

Resale homes offer many different advantages for people these days, including the above perks. So the next time you’re looking for a home, be sure to consider a resale. It may be better for you, your family, and your future than a brand-new home.

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