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Resale vs. New Construction

Benefits of Buying New

When you begin searching for a new home, you have two options:

Resale or to Buy New

How do you decide which option is the best for you? Anyone who has bought a used home or helped with a renovation knows there can be many challenges along the way, both planned and unplanned.

Here are some of the benefits of purchasing a new home:

  • Older homes have dated layouts with closed-off rooms and tiny closets.

    Our Life Collection™ homes are designed to utilize every square inch, offering:

    • Spacious primary ensuite
    • 2nd floor laundry and bonus room
    • 9 ft. ceilings
    • Oversized, triple pane windows
    • Conveniently located workstations
    • Proper storage and better flow
    • Professionally curated Interior Styles

    This means more memorable moments together without having to take on the additional stress of a renovation.

  • Updating an older home to the current decade takes time and can be very costly.

    From replacing lighting and hardware to updating bathroom vanities and cabinetry—each detail requires someone to complete and if you’re not equipped with the proper tools, it can be pricey to hire a professional.

    When you buy a Cantiro home, you’ll have your choice of four beautiful, cohesive Interior Styles:

    All four Interior Styles are complete with elevated finishes and high-end brands, professionally coordinated by our Design Team.

  • Resale homes lack energy efficiency features that come standard in all Cantiro homes including:

    • LED lighting package throughout, consuming up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs.
    • ENERGY STAR®heat recovery ventilator unit, which preheats fresh air and transfers warmth from air being exhausted to air coming in.
    • Furnace has a 96% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating which go beyond industry standards to keep the heat where it’s supposed to.
    • Triple pane windows with Low E coating and argon filler enhances the sound barrier features and airtightness.
  • When buying new, financing is available through the builder, making it easier to qualify for a mortgage.

  • When you buy an older home, you’re taking on an element of risk. You may have additional repair and replacement costs that you will need to address right away such as a new roof, which can be pricey.

    With a new home, you may not have to worry about the initial costly upkeep including:

    • Need of significant repairs for at least 7 years
    • Labour, materials, equipment and structure protected by Alberta New Home Warranty Program
    • You can bask in the comfort knowing you are the first homeowner


  • When buying a resale home, you are tied to the schedule of the seller’s timeline.

    Buying new means, you have your choice between quick possessions to personalized builds. You can choose whether you want to move-in within weeks or schedule out a new home construction to get exactly what you want.

  • If you choose to purchase a new Cantiro home, you work directly with:

    • The Area Sales Manager: Our incredible Sales Team is your trusted advisor—offering expertise in your preferred community and is your partner throughout the entire buying and building process.
    • The Construction Team will meet with you at the beginning of your new home journey, at the rough-in walkthrough stage, again when cabinets are installed and when you take possession.
    • The Client Care Staff have you covered throughout your building process by meeting multiple times. We also offer our Customer Connect portal—scheduling all inspections to review any outstanding items with our Quality Control team.

How Does Resale and New Compare?

Living Room

  • Open concept living room with 9′ ceilings
  • Beautiful gas fireplace insert
  • Oversized triple pane windows with Low E coating and argon filler enhances the sound barrier features and airtightness
  • Luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout that is beautiful, durable, low maintenance and water resistant


  • Large kitchen with effortless flow for easy meal prep or grab-and-go meals
  • 2cm quartz countertops elevate your space.
  • Double stainless-steel undermount sink and stylish Kohler faucet

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Dining Room

  • Designated dining area for large dinner parties

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Primary Bedroom

  • Relaxing primary bedroom with plenty of space to fit a king size bed, two bedside tables, dresser and reading nook
  • Oversized triple pane windows

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Primary Ensuite

  • Free standing tub and fully-tiled shower with dual sinks
  • All your taps, sinks and toilets are made with quality Kohler products
  • Water Resistant Drywall — Keeps behind the tub and shower tiled areas dry
  • 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Tank — ensures that your family is consistently supplied with hot water, but it also recovers and heats faster than the typical electrical hot water tank

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  • Dedicated workstation to support your work-from-home needs

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  • Functional mudroom to get everyone in and out of the house with ease
  • Handy storage space for keeping your home – and everyone’s belongings – organized

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  • Purposeful second floor laundry room with extra storage space for when you need it
  • Our laundry spaces also include a floor drain to give you peace of mind

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  • Oversized pantry to make storing all your ingredients and kitchen tools easy and accessible

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New vs. Older Lot Sizes

New homes in new communities are built on lots that are longer and narrower than some wider/shallower lots that some older homes are built on (to meet modern population density requirements of municipalities)).

The advantages of these new lots are affordability and lifestyle:

Save money on land

  • You don’t have to pay for extra side or front yard space that you rarely use which can add up to thousands of dollars.

Build a bigger/better home for less

  • You can use the money you saved on land to maximize your living space and add upgrades to maximize the value and amount of home for get for your dollar… and without pushing into a higher total price.

Less yard maintenance

  • You don’t have to spend extra time and money on landscaping and maintaining oversized front and back yards

Greater sense of community

  • Newer communities offer more shared greenspaces to allow for more interaction between neighbours (and you don’t need to mow!)

Older lots can offer more outdoor space, but their homes are also older which increases the need for costly repairs and renovations – or even demolishing an existing home and rebuilding – in order to get any new home features, efficiencies and conveniences.




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