New Homes vs Used Homes

Are you experiencing joy gap?

What exactly is “joy gap”? Joy gap is the difference in what your are expecting to feel concerning an event and what you actually feel once that event has occurred.
Whenever you are considering a move, whether it’s across town or across the country, there is that excitement/anticipation of setting up a new home in a new location. Of course, there is some apprehension, but for most folks the opportunity to start with a “clean slate” is exciting.
So now, you are faced with the decision – do I buy new or used? Or if your timeline allows – do you build your new home from the ground up?

Used Homes – Pros and Cons

Usually in established neighborhoods
Quick contract to close time frame (if the house is empty)
More inventory of homes on the market to choose from

Did the homeowner disclose a true history of the home to the Realtor?
Age of major appliances
How reputable was the builder of the home?
Were past repairs done by reputable contractors?
What sort of pesticides were used outside and inside the home?
How energy efficient are the appliances, windows, and insulation?
Has the home been pre-treated for termites?
What events – sick babies, new puppies, etc are deep-soaked into the carpets and paddings?
Older neighborhoods rarely have amenities

New Home – Pros and Cons

All new appliances
Up-to-date room layout: no tiny bathrooms or closets
Energy efficient appliances and insulation
New paint
New roof
First homeowner
Up-to-date neighborhood amenities

Neighborhood may still be under construction, and construction vehicles are coming and going
Home may not be ready for immediate move-in
Homes may be slightly higher in price

The fact is, we have never know of someone moving into a used home who doesn’t do a deep clean and paint the interior before moving in. We’ve heard stories of a “new” roof being installed over the old. The underlying wood never checked. The homeowners can’t understand why they have leaks with a “new” roof. Or a hot water heater giving up the ghost two years after moving in.

There is a definite joy gap. Tim Costello of BDX explained at the recent International Builders Show that there is at least a 20% difference in the happiness of home buyers based on whether they bought a new home or a used one.
As Tim points out, used home buyers always move in with a “to-do” list. New home buyers only have “ta-da”. Used home buyers spend their weekends at Home Depot, new home buyers spend their time ….. however they want.

Core Homes has homes available at every stage of construction – to build from scratch to move-in-ready. Let us help you find one that will make you say, “TA-DA!”



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Most Popular Core Home Plans for 2022

2022 year image for Dec blogAs the Christmas season is fully upon us, we – like other folks and companies – are taking a breath and looking back at 2022. It was quite the roller coaster ride for everyone – especially for those of us in the homebuilding industry!
What did we accomplish? How did we grow? And what do we want to improve on in 2023?


So – what were the most popular Core home plans in 2022?
Below are the top three, determined by which plan home buyers chose the most.
And the winners are…


Chattanooga home builder Core Homes Willow home plan imageThe Willow
3 bedrooms 3.5 baths
2,702 sq ft
Oversized Formal Dining and Breakfast Rooms, Flex Space, Bonus Room, Large Porches on front and rear
If your home tends to be the “destination” of friends and family vacations to our Scenic City or all of the kids are still at home and desperately need their own spaces – The Willow home plan beautifully serves as the heart and hub of your life.
The Willow plan was developed specifically for the Hawks Landing community. Look for it to be a home buyer favorite when we open Hawk’s Landing Phase IV in 2023.

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths
2,716 sq ft
Open Concept, Large Bonus Room, Walk-In-Closets
So much space – so many possibilities for a personalized, unique living space. Upstairs in the more private spaces or down in the hustle and bustle of the main living area – The Foxglove home plan lets you “breathe” no matter where you are in your home.
The classically appealing Foxglove plan can be built in Hawks Landing in Apison or Lake Breeze in Harrison. Since both of those communities have new phase either now selling or planned in the future, we’ll be seeing a lot more of The Foxglove!

LL4 Victoria Chattanooga home builder Core Homes home plan imageThe Victoria
3 bedrooms 3.5 baths
2,652 sq ft
Open Concept Main Living Area, Bonus Room, Home Office/Flex Space
The grand dame of Core Homes’ home plans! This is an original! If comfortable chic is your style – you need to take a look at The Victoria home plan. The Victoria is currently being built on Lost Lake home site #37 with a third car garage. It’s also being built on Lake Breeze home site #133. Both homes are available to purchase!

These are just three of the three dozen home plans available at Core Homes. Take a look at all of the plans we offer, and we’re sure you’ll find one that fits your dreams perfectly!


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