Sure, there are pros and cons to everything–and we’re not knocking new construction–but there definitely are some strong arguments in favor of buying an almost-new home over new construction. We took a look at two of our Northern Liberties listings and came up with a concrete list, most of which apply to any not-quite-brand-new home:
1. Personalized upgrades: Builders think visually, homeowners think practically
850 N 4th St #5 has a custom-built storage bench and bike storage in the entryway.
924 N Leithgow St has custom built-in shelving, custom-designed window treatments and, of course, the roofdeck’s hot tub and retracting TV.
2. Move-in ready: None of new construction’s delays
Both of these homes are ready to go: no waiting for unexpected builder’s delays or the city’s final inspection.
3. Lower price point: Don’t pay a premium for shiny newness
Both homes are only a few years old and have had only one owner. Plus years are left on the tax abatement.
4. You get what you see: New construction may not be the same as a model home
With these homes all you have to do is visualize how your furniture will look.
5. Let’s talk neighbors
Next door to 924 N Leithgow St is a community garden owned by Neighborhood Gardens Trust, a nonprofit organization that preserves community gardens and shared open space.