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Building vs. Renovating a House

March 27, 2024
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Build or renovate? New or old? See the pros and cons of each.

There is no question there are perks to living in a new house. If you are looking to move and want a newer home, you could go with a new construction home or a fixer-upper. Which is right for you? We’ll talk about building vs. renovating a house below. Ameri-Star Homes in Glen Burnie, Maryland, is happy to help you with any new construction building questions you have.

Building a New House

There are plenty of upsides to building a new house. With the right builder, you can customize it to your heart’s content. You don’t have to start from scratch, though. You can use one of the builder’s many floor plans as a base. Building a custom home is a great option if you plan to live in it for as long as possible

You also can move directly into a house that doesn’t need repairs. You won’t have to put up with paint colors, kitchen cabinets, and outdated bathrooms you don’t like. It will be perfectly move-in ready. That being said, you should be prepared to wait until the home is built or live in a short-term rental. With Ameri-Star Homes, construction can take as little as three months.

What’s more, a newly-built house does not have to be more expensive than existing homes on the market. You can actually get a better deal on a new construction home than some more expensive options, given that the former meets your needs.

Renovating an Old House

Buying an old house generally has a lower upfront cost and allows you to sell it for a lot more once you’ve finished remodeling. In this scenario, you have your heart set on flipping an existing property and don’t mind living in the project site. It could also be a good option if you need to move into a house as soon as possible. 

You might also want to renovate a house rather than build if you want to own a historic house. A new construction home can have a historical style, but it is not the same as an actual period property. 


Building vs. renovating a house depends on your finances and your goals. In a way, there are no rules about which is better. 

If you’re considering renting vs. buying a house, read on!

Let Ameri-Star Homes Build Your New Custom Home!

Ameri-Star Homes was built on the idea that a home is not complete until the homeowner is 100% satisfied. That’s right, completely satisfied homeowners. Whether you want a home built on one of our home sites or on your own land, count on the same high quality from Ameri-Star. We have set out to exceed all your expectations of integrity, affordability, and customer satisfaction. Build lasting memories for years to come with Ameri-Star Homes. 

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