New versus used -- also known as "pre-owned" or "existing." There are a variety of reasons why consumers dream about a new home, and one of them is the comfort of knowing appointments, furnishings and appliances will actually work for a specific period of time or be replaced by a competent builder. If you just received a dynamite deal from a builder eager to reduce his January inventory, don't allow expert craftsmanship to tempt you into thinking your new palace is going to be maintenance-free for years to come. Every house requires upkeep, even a brand-new one. You won't have to replace big-ticket items like a furnace or a roof anytime soon, but to keep your new house looking new, you'll still have the routine chores that will help preserve and protect the big...
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