Should You Buy New Build or a Resale?

June 3, 2024

If you’re thinking about moving, you may be weighing purchasing a new build versus a resale.  For a rundown of the pros and cons of each, read on.

New Build Pros

  • Brand-new condition
  • Can customize features
  • Most are covered under warranty for the first few years
  • Often built with the latest energy-efficient features, saving you money on utility bills
  • Typically pay less in maintenance fees

New Build Cons

  • Lot, floorplan, and views can change during construction
  • Construction delays are common, leaving you at the mercy of whatever the interest rates are when construction is complete and your move-in date in limbo
  • The amenities, school, and sense of community can be unknown for some time after construction is complete since housing takes priority in new neighbourhoods
  • With no market history, it’s more of a gamble on what will happen with your investment

Resale Pros

  • What you see is what you get (you can get a sense of the neighbourhood, the amenities, and schools before you buy)
  • Closing date is fixed
  • You know your mortgage rate before you buy
  • You can research how the property has appreciated over time, giving a better sense of how your investment will do

Resale Cons

  • Not brand-new
  • Have to renovate if you want specific features
  • Not usually covered under warranty, unless it’s a newer resale home with existing coverage
  • Usually less energy-efficient
  • Typically higher maintenance costs

Here’s a snapshot:

Ultimately, the decision between buying a new build or resale home will come down to your needs and wants, your risk tolerance, and of course your budget.