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Is a New Construction Home Right for You?

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 07/11/2021

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Buying new construction makes the most sense for some home buyers. Instead of choosing a home that already exists, they're taking the opportunity to start from scratch. Whether you buy a new home that was built with your input or not, there are some serious advantages to choosing this route. We'll look at why so many homeowners make the effort.

A Clean Slate

This is often the most quoted reason for people to buy a new home - they want to start fresh. Appliances, floors, closets, attic: everything is new. There are no scratches to find under the shelves, no dirt where the cleaners couldn't reach. There's no old wallpaper to tear down, carpet to rip up or asbestos to worry about. It's a pristine residence just waiting for you to make it your own.

Convenient for Moving

When you buy a new home, you (usually) don't have to worry about the plumbing, electricity or foundation. Because a new house hasn't been subjected to many years of soil shifts and traffic patterns, you can rest easy when you move in. This is not to say that there are never problems with new construction, only that if you're working with (or buying from) someone reputable, you likely won't have any issues. This is a huge perk, especially for people who don't have time to negotiate with a seller on who's going to cover which repairs.


This advantage is related to the previous one, but a necessary distinction. New homes tend to have fewer maintenance requirements because there's been no wear-and-tear on the property. Homeowners don't always factor in the high costs of system upkeep, a budget error that can drastically eat into their savings. Plus, new homes often don't cost an arm and a leg, meaning more long-term savings without the upfront-costs.

Home Warranties

New homes usually come with a warranty. This means that if an appliance does break down or you notice some puddles in your basement, you can have the builder cover the costs of repairs. Pre-owned homes often require you to purchase a limited warranty that may not cover all defects or system failures. While the plumbing may work when you first test it at an Open House, it might fail quickly once there are multiple people using it.

Environmentally Friendly

All construction crews will have their own protocol and policies for building. However, they are expected to comply with local, state and national environmental standards. This all translates to more responsible homes and lower utility bills. Before you negotiate on a new home though, ask if the building will be given an energy rating by a third-party assessor. This will give you a better idea of the amount of effort put into energy conservation and avoiding environmental impact.

Room to Negotiate

From the floorplan to the style, new construction homes are modern and usually customizable. Even if you haven't personally worked with the builders from Day One, there might be some degree of flexibility before the move-in date. So if you want better appliances or luxury cabinets, you might be able to work something out. While new homes are unlikely to budge in bottom-line price, the numbers aren't set in stone. If a home has been sitting for a while, it never hurts to ask. After all, whatever they don't use on your home will just be used in the next project. 

Buying new construction means getting a property without the stains of time. If you're looking for something that will be easy on your budget and better for the environment, there's really no better choice.

About the Author

Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.