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Is It Better To Build Or Buy A Home?

September 07, 20232 min read

Weighing Your Options

Hey, what's up, everybody? It's TJ here from Sanctified Homes. One of the most frequently asked questions in the real estate world is, should I build a new home or buy an existing one? Let's delve into the factors and considerations to help you make the best choice.

Pros and Cons: The Big Picture

To start, it's essential to sit down and evaluate your unique situation. Here are a few factors to consider:

  • Budget and Costs: What's your budget? Can it accommodate the costs of building, which can sometimes exceed those of buying an existing home?

  • Personal Needs and Longevity: Are you looking for a long-term stay, or is it just a stop-gap for a few years? Do you need specific features like an in-law suite?

  • Current Market Conditions: What does the economy look like at the moment? Interest rates, availability of homes, and other market factors can play a significant role in your decision.

Building A Home: The Details

When it comes to building:

  • Expenses: Building a home can sometimes be pricier than buying an existing one. This largely depends on the region, labor costs, material costs, and the type of builder you go with.

  • Customization: The benefit of building is the vast array of customization options you'll have. From the height of the basement ceiling to the type of drywall texture, the choices are yours.

  • Challenges: Building a home can be like a roller coaster ride. It's not just about choosing a floor plan. There's a multitude of decisions to make, which can be both exhilarating and stressful.

Buying An Existing Home: The Practicalities

On the flip side, when you're buying an existing home:

  • Immediate Availability: You don't have to wait for construction. Once you close the deal, the house is yours.

  • Costs from a Bygone Era: Homes from previous decades, say the 90s, were built when materials were cheaper. This can mean more space for less money.

  • Upgrades and Renovations: While you might get a good deal on an older home, you might need to spend on renovations to bring it up to your standards.

What's Right For You?

Deciding whether to build or buy isn't just a financial decision. It's about understanding what you want now, your long-term vision, and how that aligns with your budget and the current market.

Whether you're in Wisconsin or elsewhere, it's vital to understand that markets can vary widely. Don't hesitate to sit down with professionals like builders, real estate agents, or someone who has gone through the process before to get insights tailored to your situation.

Final Thoughts

Choosing to build or buy is one of the most significant decisions you'll make. Regardless of the route you take, the goal is to find a place you'll be proud to call home.

For more insights, tips, and resources on building and buying homes, check out our main website, Sanctified Construction, or explore more articles on our Blessed to Build blog. And as always, raise your standard!

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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