Advantages of Buying New vs. Used

A Guide to the Perfect Bryan-College Station Home

When it’s time to buy a new home in Bryan-College Station, one of the first decisions you need to make is: new home or used?

A used home might be an option if you absolutely can’t wait for a new home to be built. But practically speaking, that may be the only advantage of choosing used vs new. The benefits of choosing a newly built home are overwhelming – and we’ve outlined a few of the most important for you here.

Energy Savings from Day One

When you purchase new a construction home, you’re assured that all the latest energy efficient materials and appliances are included. Energy savings start the day you move in and continue throughout the life of your home. With a resale home, you’re likely to have to retrofit the home to achieve the same type of savings, if that’s even possible.

Items that contribute to your energy savings in a new home include windows, insulation, HVAC systems, and water-conserving fixtures. Every home RNL Homes builds is independently inspected and given a HERS rating to indicate its level of energy efficiency. The lower the HERS score, the more efficient the home.  The typical RNL Home scores a 65 on the HERS index, while the standard home scores 100. Learn more about the energy savings that come from owning an RNL Home here.

Freedom from Costly Repairs

A resale home, no matter how well cared for, will typically need some type of repair. An aging roof can cost around $5,000 to replace. An outdated AC unit costs an average of $5,500 to $7,500 to replace. When you purchase a new Bryan College Station Home from RNL Homes, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing there won’t be any repairs needed for several years.

Avoid the Competition

When you purchase a used home, there can be a lot of competition for the home you want – especially in a tight housing market. New construction takes the disappointment of not getting the home you want out of the equation completely. Your new home is yours and yours alone from the moment you sign the contract!

Speaking of Getting the Home You Want . . .

It would be extremely unusual to find a resale home that checks every box on your list. At the least, you’ll probably want different paint colors or cabinets. However it’s much more likely you’ll want to tear down a wall, repurpose a room or add an outdoor living space.

When you build a new Bryan College Station home, you can personalize your floor plan to be a perfect fit for your family. Need a home office? No problem. Dreaming of an outdoor kitchen or a media room? We can make that happen. Your new home will be exactly what you’ve envisioned without the mess and inconvenience of a remodel.

Another huge advantage of choosing new construction from RNL Homes can be summed up in a name: Nora. Your home building experience includes three private design sessions with our in-house design professional, Nora Reyna. You’ll meet in our state-of-the-art design studio where you can see and compare colors, finishes, countertops, flooring, and more. Nora will be there to guide you every step of the way, and you get the benefit of her years of training and exceptional sense of style. Design is Nora’s passion, and she loves helping people create the perfect home. Learn more about our design process here.

Everything’s Up to Date

With new homes in Bryan-College Station, you know the construction conforms to all the latest quality standards and construction codes. Homes that were built even a few years ago may not be up to today’s codes, bringing unpleasant – and often expensive – surprises when it’s time to replace a water heater or AC unit.

Buying New Construction Makes Financial Sense

At some point you’ll want to sell your home. New construction will be, well, newer when that time comes and will be more desirable than a resale home with an additional 10 or 20 years of wear.

Take the Next Step!

Ready to get started on your new Bryan College Station home? Feel free to stop by our model home in Bryan located in Oakmont or the one in College Station located in Mission Ranch. We’d love to help!

If you would rather not have physical interaction with our staff for safety reasons, we’re are also happy to offer virtual appointments and have recently added two new safe, convenient ways you can tour our beautiful model homes.

  1. Virtually guided tour: Tour our model home with a virtual guide. Our sales professional, will be there virtually via Google Home and a dedicated flat screen to guide you and answer any questions.
  2. Live video tour: Explore our homes from the comfort of your couch. Our sales professional will walk you through our model home and answer your questions as you watch from your preferred smart device.

Our model homes are completely sanitized between each onsite visit.

To set up a tour with a virtual guide, call us at 979-977-5775 or email  To learn more about touring RNL Homes, watch this short video.  We look forward to meeting you!