It's no secret that now is a tough time for house hunters in Ireland. As rents climb steadily higher, more people are considering applying for mortgages and buying their home rather than renting short-term. If you're considering buying a home in Dublin and are weighing up your options, there's a lot to think about, but don't forget about the option of buying new. There are a lot of potential benefits to buying a new home rather than a lived-in house, and you could bypass many of the usual headaches that come with buying a fixer-upper.
Make it your own
While a lived-in house has the personal stamp of another person already on it, a new property can be a blank canvas for your new chapter. You can decorate, customise and make it feel like home for you and your family and really be in control of decisions about design and the look and feel of your home. There's nothing like coming home to a space that feels completely yours, and it's much easier to create in a new house.
Green and earth friendly
While older houses may have issues with their emissions and energy ratings, new homes are built to a very high standard when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Energy-efficient appliances, windows, insulation etc. are all wonderful for the planet, but closer to home, they'll save you a lot of money in the long run on gas and energy bills.
A fixer-upper might seem like a fun project initially, but when it comes to repairing and replacing everything in the house, you realise you'd have rathered a ready-made home. New houses have the luxury of being new - no old appliances to replace, no out-of-date hardware to fix and pay for. Plus, the homes themselves are built to a higher quality, so you can have the comfort of knowing that leaks and dodgy foundations shouldn't be a problem.
New homes are structurally sound and often have safety features that older homes mightn't have. Features such as downstairs bathrooms for those with disabilities, fire safety structures in the insulation, child-safe windows and so much more are all features that can make your life easier and contribute to your peace of mind.
If you're moving your young family into a new home, chances are, you won't be the only ones. New developments attract communities full of new families, and often have great facilities nearby for them, including playgrounds, schools, leisure facilities and more. You get the opportunity to bond with new neighbours, and the kids will always have someone to play with.
No matter what stage you're at, Cairn pride themselves on building your future. A Cairn home is a guarantee of quality, created by the best architects, designers, builders and craftspeople. Visit cairnhomes.com to find out more about their current and upcoming developments.