I just read an article in the on-line Advance, www.Simcoe.com, that got me thinking about the pros
and cons of New vs Re-Sale when it comes to buying a home.
When you buy a re-sale home, you get to SEE all the important things. You can see where the driveway is, where the home sits on the lot, where the fence line is, how tall the home is, how big the rooms really are, whether or not you have a sidewalk on your side of the street and things along those lines. When you agree to buy a new, to-be-built home, you have to rely on floor plans, plans of subdivision, and model homes. Nothing is for certain and there is always room for error and misunderstanding.
What happens if you move into your home 3 or 4 years after you signed your contract? What happens if you were told there wouldn’t be a sidewalk on your side of the street, but rules changed and now you have one. What happens if you asked for a triple car garage, which would reasonably come with a triple car driveway,but ended up having a double car driveway? Well, you could just widen the driveway, right? What if you can’t widen it because the township or municipality placed a large telephone or hydro pole right where the third portion of your driveway should be?
Hard to believe that could happen, right? Have a look at the article entitled ‘Innisfil Owners Caught Up in Driveway Dilemma and see what the homeowners there had to deal with. I don’t have any solutions for that situation, and it is a complicated one that involves the builder, owner and municipality. It is something to be aware of though. Many people look to build a home from scratch and don’t necessarily realize the assortment of issues that can come up. No one wants to be disappointed when they finally get to move in to their new home. It’s always best to do your homework and ask lots of questions. It’s in your best interest to do your due diligence before signing on the dotted line, since buying a home is a sizeable investment!
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