Should you buy a brand new home that you can customize, or choose one that’s move-in ready? Both have their advantages…
Personalized choices. You may be able to upgrade or choose certain items such as siding, flooring, cabinets, plumbing and electrical fixtures.
Up-to-date with the latest codes/standards. The latest building codes, electrical and energy-efficiency standards will be applied.
Maintenance costs. Lower maintenance costs because everything is new and many items are covered by a warranty.
Builder warranty. A homebuilder’s warranty is usually available in all provinces (except Nunavut and the Northwest Territories). This can be important if a major system such as plumbing or heating breaks down. This warranty does not apply if you build the home yourself. Neighbourhood amenities like schools, shopping malls and other services may not be complete for years.
Taxes. Such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will apply. However, you may qualify for a rebate of part of the GST or HST on homes that cost less than $450,000. For more information about the GST New Housing Rebate program, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website at, http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca.
Extra costs. You may have to pay extra if you want to add a fireplace, plant trees and sod, or pave your driveway. Make sure you know exactly what’s included in the price of your new home.
Easy access to services. Probably established in a neighbourhood with schools, shopping malls and other services.
Extras included. Landscaping… Landscaping is usually done and fencing installed. Previously owned homes may have extras like fireplaces, finished basements or swimming pools.
No GST/HST. You don’t have to pay the GST/HST unless the house has been renovated substantially, and then the taxes are applied as if it were a new house.
Possible redecorating and renovations. You may need to redecorate, renovate or do major repairs such as replacing the roof, windows and doors.
Size of lot and home. Re-Sale homes could give you greater lot square footage and a bigger house foot print.