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One question that crosses many homebuyers’ minds is “Will it be cheaper to buy or build a home?” There’s many pros and cons of both new and older construction homes. The price you pay is a big part of how the entire decision breaks down.


Initial Costs


Prices for existing homes vary widely based on where you live. The same principle goes for buying land and constructing a home. You can check on the specifics of the price per square foot in your area for more details. These costs could have the biggest impact on how you go about the path to homeownership and what area you decide to settle down in. 


Keep in mind that new homes are often more spacious. This drives the cost per square foot down, yet there’s more square footage in the home. 


Cost Of Upkeep


Any kind of home has its regular maintenance tasks and costs that are included with the job of homeownership. Landscaping, the servicing of appliances, the upkeep of filters, and heating and cooling system maintenance are all a part of owning a home. If you buy an older home, however, you’re guaranteed to have a few more costs to worry about. If appliances are on their last leg or the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, you’re going to need to foot the bill for the replacement cost. 


A new construction home can have issues as well, but it’s less likely to happen. The problems that happen in a new construction home are more likely to be due to building issues. Newer homes can, however, have a protection of up to 10 years with a new construction warranty. 


The Great Outdoors


When you buy an existing home, one of the major perks of it is that the landscaping is mature. There’s no need to plant grass, bushes, and flowers because there’s usually something in place. It’s less of an expense to have something to work with when it comes to landscaping. Trees that have been strategically placed can often add a lot of value to a property. 


On the other hand, building a new home can add years to the process of a finished landscape for a home. You’ll need to deal with tedious upkeep and spend thousands of dollars to get the property’s outdoor spaces looking green and beautiful. 


Energy Efficiency And Technology


If you buy a new home, you have the advantage of keeping up with the latest technology and energy efficiency standards. New construction homes are usually much more efficient than older homes. In a new home, you also have the advantage of being able to install smart technologies like thermostats and security systems to streamline with construction. These tools make your home more secure and easier for you to manage. 


There are a few different advantages to both buying an existing home and buying a new construction home. Your needs and your budget will determine the decision that’s right for you.


This Single-Family in Westford, MA recently sold for $530,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Twila E. Palmer - Westford Real Estate.


336 Groton Road, Westford, MA 01886

Single-Family

$550,000
Price
$530,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Nature lovers dream home!! Enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing & nature walks on this wonderful property which has 500' of WATERFRONT and 2.8 acres of land on privately owned Flushing Pd. Enjoy the view from the 45' open deck overlooking a private back yard with patio, firepit & picturesque views of the pond. The home offers an open concept living, dining & kitchen area with HW flooring, sliders to the deck & a wood burning fireplace. The three season porch which catches the sun most of the day is a great space for relaxing. The fully appliance kitchen features tile flooring & abundant cabinetry with an island in addition to a peninsula to create a great cooking space. There are two bedrooms & a full bath on this level which is optimal for one level living. The lower level offers a large family room with fireplace, picture window & access to the back yard. There is a kitchenette, laundry area, cedar closet, full bath & lots of storage space as well. 16X20 shed great for storage

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Having a small living room gives you a great chance to cozy up and feel snug. It’s not such a disadvantage to have a small living space. If you buy the right furniture and place it accordingly, your small space can have big personality. For example, buying a larger sofa takes up more room than a love seat, yet you may be able to fit a love seat and two chairs in the same space. This gives you the ability to seat more people. Pro tip: Armless chairs are great for small living rooms.


If you’re short on space in your home, you can use the corners of the room for other purposes. Tuck a desk with your computer in a part of the living space to help you make the most of the area that you do have. This helps to give the room multi-functional purposes with style.  


Use Focal Points


Like every room of any home, you need a focal point. Does your small living room have a fireplace? Hang some art above the fireplace, in order to help both pieces stand out. Using that area of the room as a focal point gives the appearance of a larger room. Keep away from over-stuffing a room with furniture and decor, as it will appear smaller. 


Bring Out The Height Of A Room


You can make a small room feel bigger if you bring out the height of the room. Hang paintings a bit further up the wall than normal. You don’t want to make the space look awkward, but think outside the box to use the upward space of a small room. You may even consider placing molding type materials between one foot to a foot and a half from the top of the ceiling. 


Stacking Furniture Helps


No, we don’t mean for you to stack your furniture pieces on top of each other. You could place a cabinet behind the back of a sofa that’s facing in the opposite direction. This can help to save space and create a feeling of divide in between rooms. This could also be a handy way for you to place tables next to chairs- directly against them- in order for guests to have a handy place to put drinks or appetizer plates.              


How To Make An Entrance


Many times, the living room is also the entrance to the home. Your living space can also serve as the home office or a dual dining space. For these purposes, keep everything smooth. If you make a color transition from room to room, be sure that it’s subtle and well thought out. The overall color palette should be similar.


This Single-Family in Westford, MA recently sold for $310,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Twila E. Palmer - Westford Real Estate.


5 Crescent Street, Westford, MA 01886

Single-Family

$325,000
Price
$310,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Great opportunity to purchase a home in Westford. This well maintained ranch style home with oil heat and town water sits on a lot with abutting conservation land which offers a level back yard and great privacy. The home will have a new three bedroom septic system installed prior to closing. The home offers hardwood flooring throughout the living areas, tile flooring in the bath, a four season porch and a finished room in the basement. The kitchen is in need of updates but it is a great space to work with. The living and dining rooms provide a large space for entertaining. The three bedrooms are all good sized and have large closets. There is a washer, dryer and wash sink in the basement that provide a convenient laundry area. All appliances remain with the home. Offers to be reviewed after the open house Sunday between 1 and 3 PM.

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40 Windemere Circle, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

Condo

$470,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Better than new single level unit in "Wyndbrook at Tyngsborough" Condo complex. This Pine Valley Model one level unit offers many upgrades including upgraded kitchen cabinets with granite, stainless appliances, under counter lighting, two pantry closets & hardwood flooring. The dining area has hardwood flooring & opens onto a 10' x 10' deck which has gas piping for an outdoor grille & overlooks a large side yard. This two bedroom, two bath unit with custom window treatments has oversized living room with cathedral ceiling & fan. The master bedroom offers 10 foot ceilings with fan, walk in closet & private bath with soaking tub, shower, double sinks & abundant cabinetry. The second bedroom offers a high ceiling, large window & large closet. There is currently a bench where a future staircase could be added for access to a 2nd floor living space/loft if needed. The home also offers a whole house generator, unfinished basement perfect for finishing or storage & radon mitigation system.
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July 09 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 40 Windemere Circle, Tyngsborough, MA 01879    Get Directions

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