Top Pros and Cons of Buying a New Construction Home

Published June 9, 2020 by The Rise West Grove Estates

Are you considering buying a new construction home in SW Calgary? Here are the pros and cons of investing in a new construction home, how to visit our SW Calgary showhomes, and how to make the best decision when it comes to investing in a new family home.

West Springs Calgary has been under development since 2001, but it is quickly rising in popularity amongst Calgarians due to its extensive green spaces, strong sense of community, and top-notch nearby amenities. If you are considering buying a new construction home, here are some of the reasons why you should consider West Springs in SW Calgary:

  • It offers a suburban lifestyle while being only 20 minutes away from downtown 
  • Close proximity to Lake Louise, Jasper, and Banff for a quick getaway
  • You’ll be part of a vibrant community and enjoy an active lifestyle
  • There are many services and amenities close by, including public/private/bilingual schools and recreational centres 

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The Pros and Cons of Buying a New Construction Home 

When you are buying new construction, you need to think about asking the right questions and advocating for yourself. The more you can understand about what to expect before getting started, the better prepared you’ll be to make the most informed decision regarding your new family home. 

To help you get started, here are some pros and cons of buying a new construction home that you should know about: 

Pro: You Will Be the First Person to Live in the House 

There is something wonderful about moving into a home that no one has ever lived in before. Everything is clean and pristine, and every detail, whether it’s the appliances or the moulding, has been put there specifically to meet your needs and tastes. 

Con: All Builders Are Not Equal 

The experience of buying a new construction home will vary because the skills, policies, and options available vary depending on who is doing the building. That’s why it’s so important to do your research when choosing who to build with.

When choosing a builder for your new construction home, make sure to: 

  • Look beyond their website and seek out more information
  • Check out homes the builder has previously completed
  • Talk to homebuyers who have built with them to find out about their experience
  • Check that there are no major complaints filed against them

Remember: While you shouldn’t have trouble finding a great builder for your new SW Calgary home, you just have to do the work to ensure that whoever you go with will deliver exactly what you need. 


Pro: You Get Exterior and Interior Customization 

When you are looking for a new family home, having a lot of control over the details in your space that cater to your family’s taste and lifestyle is quite a luxury. Buying a new construction home means that you’ll get to customize the interior and exterior of your home and pick out aspects such as: 

  • The colour of your siding and trim 
  • Appliances 
  • Window coverings 
  • Placement of light bulbs and outlets 

These things can be very expensive and difficult to put in after a home has already been constructed, so if you are someone who has a lot of preferences about what makes a space perfect, a new construction home will allow you to make the important decisions about what aspects will make your house a home. 

Con: Upgrades Aren’t Cheap 

The first price you’ll see when choosing a new construction home is the base price of the property. It includes the structure itself, the lot the home sits on, and maybe even the landscaping that will surround it. However, it also includes standard finishes which aren’t the highest quality options. 

In many cases, to get your house how you want it, you’ll have to choose some upgrades, which will quickly make the cost of your home go up. Some things that may drive up the price include: 

  • Fireplaces
  • Updated kitchens and appliances
  • Recessed lighting
  • Wood floors instead of carpets 

Pro Tip: If you are considering buying a new construction home, factor in all these additional costs and be conscious about finding a balance between getting the things you want and staying within your budget. The nice thing about all the homes at The Rise at West Grove Estates is that they're all semi-estate homes, which means they come with many beautiful finishes and features which are standard. 


Pro: You’ll Have A More Energy Efficient Home 

Newer homes are taking advantage of innovations in energy efficiency, and if you build a new construction home, the chances are you are going to have one that is more energy efficient. While your builder will likely have added some options, such as energy-efficient windows, make sure to ask about other energy savers as well, including: 

  • Smart thermostats
  • LED lighting
  • Dual flush toilets

There are a lot of variables in a home that can be optimized for energy efficiency and when you build a new construction home, you’ll have more say over the strategies used to reduce your home’s and family’s carbon footprint.  


Con: You’ll Have Less Room For Negotiating 

When you are buying a pre-owned home, the price is often set by the market, which means that negotiating is often part of the process and in many cases, you’ll pay less than the price you see on the listing. When you are buying new construction, however, what you see is typically what you’ll pay, plus any upgrades. One caveat to this con is the fact that newly constructed homes typically have a much higher ceiling when it comes to their resale value when compared to a pre-owned one, allowing your equity to grow at a higher rate. 

Why? Builders don’t like to lower the base prices on homes because this will result in more buyers looking for a way to negotiate down. However, they may be able to offer some discounts or financial incentives, so make sure to ask about those! 

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The Rise at West Grove Estates, a picturesque neighbourhood nestled in Calgary’s west end community of West Springs, offers new semi-estate homes for you and your family. Every detail of this community has been meticulously designed so that you are proud to call this your home.

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