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Building a Home Versus Buying a House

April 17, 2019

If you’re ready to upgrade from an apartment to a more permanent living situation or have simply outgrown your current house, you have a very important decision to make: build or buy?

Especially for first-time prospective homeowners, buying an existing home may seem like the simpler, easier option. It’s simply a matter of finding a house that fits everything on your checklist — size, location, neighborhood, amenities, et cetera — at a price point that works with your budget.

But as anyone who has bought a house can certainly tell you, this is much easier said than done! Houses are flying off the market faster than ever, meaning that even if and when you do find a house that fits the bill, you’ll likely need to compete with multiple bidders before the house is yours. When it’s all said it done, it can take months of checking out open houses, scheduling meetings with your realtor, and anxiously waiting on a response to your offer before your home-buying process finally comes to an end. It can be a frustrating experience with many “dead ends.”

Building your own home, on the other hand, offers a clear plan and timeline from the start. Here at Bruckelmyer Brothers, we begin every home construction project with a thorough analysis of your design & construction concepts, the building site location, and your overall vision for your home. We’ll then put together a detailed estimate of your project with clear costs & timelines to avoid any unhappy “surprises” along the way. We’ve worked hard to streamline our process, which means we’re able to complete our home construction projects in an average of 6 – 8 months, compared to the industry average of 10 – 12 months.

The ability to feel confident and “in control” of the process is just one benefit of building a new home versus purchasing an existing home. You’ll also have the peace of mind that there are no serious structural, electrical, or plumbing issues that an existing home might have. I’m sure everyone has heard a horror story or two of first-time homeowners moving into their new place, only to be bombarded with huge repair projects with massive bills only a few months after their move. A newly-constructed home will feature the latest technology and employ the latest practices when it comes to energy efficiency, allowing you to avoid the massive heating, cooling, and power bills that can come with some older homes.

Of course, the best thing about choosing to build your own home is that you get to design it exactly the way you’ve dreamed! Perhaps you decide to build after experiencing too much frustration with buying an existing home — your design can incorporate all of the elements and features you liked best about the homes you visited. On the other hand, perhaps there simply isn’t a single house on the market that really speaks to you — in that case, you can start from scratch and build the house that you really want! (And if you need a little guidance, we have some fantastic designers on staff who would be happy to chime in.)

If you’d like to learn more about our home construction process and find more information about building your own home, click here!