Whatcom County Homes that are better than Brand New Construction

Managing Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams Western Realty Lic #23590

Whatcom County homes that are better than brand new construction homes. Isn't buying a brand new home better? Perhaps it can be and one should invest in what they enjoy owning and feel good about. And, in some cases and situations (like you can't find anything decent on the market that you like so you find a buider and build a custom home to your liking) and it is true that for most people it's  "fun" to get something brand new. However,  when it comes to residential homes, you can save 1,000's often over $10,000 by finding a resale home that's 1 to 5 years old or one that has recently been updated and/or remodeled. Like all things in real estate this is not an ablsolute truth across the board with zero exceptions, but something that is usually true in most cases.

Here's a list of things that make a resale home in great condition a better "deal" than a brand new home.

1. Resale homes in Whatcom County are typically fully landscaped - front, sides and back yards. Most new construction have a little something out front but the side and back yards are up to the new home buyer to install after closing. This savings by itself can easily exceed $10K.

2. Resale homes typically come with all of the major appliances. Not always but more often than not a resale home will come with the stove/oven, microwave hood, dishwasher, refrigerator, disposal, washer and dryer while new construction usually do not include a refrigerator, washer and dryer.

3. Most settling cracks in sheet rock, foundations, garage floors and driveways take place during the first 1 to 2 years. So if you buy a home that's over 2 years old, the normal settling has taken place and the cracks that are likely to appear have done so. Barring unusal soil conditions or acts of nature it's not likely that cracks will suddenly appear after the initial settling has taken place.

4. Another benefit is the entire neighborhood that the resale home is in is typically built out so one can see the lay of the land and any views or open spaces are much more likely to remain so after closing rather then suddenly having a new home be built that blocks the view. Beside the view, there's no construction noises to listen to that start a little too early in the morning, no big cement trucks and dumps trucks and dirt on  the roads to deal with etc.  And again a neighborhood that's a few years old is typically has established trees and landscaping.

5. Often Resale homes in Whatcom County have fully fenced back yards.

6. Typically all telecommunications are already service the home. Sometime on new construction, the buyer ends up having to get cable and/or internet services from the street hooked up to the home.

7. Resale homes typically include window treatments. Rarely does a new build include any sort of window treatments.

8. For those that are sensitive to the off gassing of fresh paint, carpet and all the other new constructions materials, when you buy something a couple of years old, the off gassing process is complete.

9. A Resale home will include all the little things like pulls on the cabinetry, towel racks in the bathrooms, curtain rods or shower doors, toilet paper holder. Some new homes include such things, most however, do not.


Here is a great deal on resale 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home with a den and a bonus room where one can realize all of the above:



Meadow View Ct


Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
1 Unit
Interior: 2,238 sqft
Lot: 6,534 sqft
Year Built: 2013
MLS #: 1530123
5679 Meadow View Ct
Ferndale, WA 98248

Dan Pittsenbarger

Dan Pittsenbarger

Keller Williams Western Realty
(360) 312-5857


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Comments (1)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with prospective home buyers.

Nov 15, 2019 04:44 AM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team

Thanks Roy

Nov 15, 2019 06:41 AM