As you decide whether to buy or build a home, remember that new builds will often cost you less in upkeep. Many appliances and systems will be under warranty for at least a decade. So, if something breaks, it’s probably still covered.
With buying a home, you never know what you might run into. Older homes tend to have some quirks and hidden issues. Also, a pre-existing home may need both short-term and long-term upgrades.