Myths and misconceptions are as commonplace as mosquitos in Minnesota. You’ve probably heard a few about buying a newly built home, too. But don’t let those scare you away, building a new home is one of the most exciting and rewarding things you can do. Here are ﬁve of the most common myths that we’re ready to debunk.
MYTH 1: IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE
While a new construction home may run higher than the price of an older home (depending on the market and economy), you’re getting a lot more for your money today and will reap savings every month you live there. Your energy, water, and insurance bills will all be lower. Plus, it’s built entirely from new materials and products, many warrantied, so what you save on maintenance will pay back in no time.
MYTH 2: THE PROCESS IS TOO STRESSFUL
Many families love the anticipation as they watch their dream home take shape. They visit the job site frequently (set up a schedule with your builder as OSHA rules need to be followed). But if you are easily stressed out, no worries, your builder will keep you comfortably updated even if you don’t want to be there every step of the way.
MYTH 3: THERE ARE TOO MANY SELECTIONS TO MAKE
For some, choosing all the colors, materials, and finishes is the best part of building new. But if that’s not your cup of tea, just choose a builder that limits your selections to a handful of choices—you’ll still get a great home that has been professionally designed. If you do go fully custom, builders and their suppliers have trained staff who will work with you to discover your tastes and help you achieve just the look that will make you love to come home.
MYTH 4: THERE ARE TOO MANY FLY-BY-NIGHT CONTRACTORS
In Minnesota, it’s easy to avoid them. All you have to do is check with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (our state licenses all contractors) to ensure your builder’s license is current and there are no outstanding complaints. The Better Business Bureau is a good source to reference as well.
MYTH 5: WE’LL BE TOO FAR FROM THE CITY
Sure, a lot of new construction is happening in the outer fringes—and if you’re looking for a big yard and want to maximize your square footage while enjoying lower taxes, look for amazing planned communities on the outskirts. But if closer in is your style, you’ll ﬁ nd several tucked-away neighborhoods plus a number of rebuilds in first-ring suburbs that will give you a brand-new home in a mature neighborhood. And of course, with tons of condos and townhomes right in the inner cities these days, your dreams of owning are closer than you think.
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Written by Wendy Danks
Wendy Danks (wendydoodles.com) has had a career-long love affair with the Parade of Homes, spending the last 20 years as its marketing and communications director. Recently retired, she now has time to spend on her other great love, writing.