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Old House or New

OLD HOUSE

OR NEW?

Not Sure?????? 

  • . CHARACTER/ LOWER MAINTANENCE
  • . ESTABLISHED GARDENS/BARON PLOT OR MAYBE LANDSCAPED
  • . PARKING/ GARAGE OR NOT
  • . NEW SERVICES/ OLDER PIPEWORKHOUSE
  • . WITH REPAIR HISTORY/ NHBC OR LIKE WARRANTIES
  • . COVENANTS & RESTRICTIONS CAN BE ON EITHER

Old homes and new ones have upsides and downsides of equal weight, so tip the balance with your own preferences and abilities – personal taste, financial resources, handy-person skills, available time and long-term goals. Which is the winner of Old vs. New? If you decide carefully, either one can be a great home for you.

So do you buy a new home in age only, because both modern designer properties and period older homes have their attractions – and in some cases drawbacks.

In making this decision, it’s important to literally leave your preconceptions at the door of any home you’re considering. Quality construction can appear in any era, and you just have to be knowledgeable about the strengths and problems to look for in each individual house.

Surely newer homes assure a certain measure of structural integrity, energy-efficient features, and safer electrical wiring and heating systems having undergone today’s building regulations. If brand new they will have less wear and tear, more modern conveniences built in, an aesthetic more suited to today’s tastes, and often better disabled/handicapped access.

There are pros and cons in which old and new houses are evenly matched. Newer homes are generally built in planned newer economic growth areas and can be found in areas with new roadways, schooling considerations, thoughts to flooding, shops and so on. Older homes can be found in more established, comfortable, and picturesque locations which have their own premium value to many types of subsequent buyers. Older homes can come with the headaches of aging structures and systems, while newer ones can be hastily made, with their own set of consequences, but unlike buying an older house many new or modern houses will benefit from House Builder warranties such as a 10 year NHBC. Old homes can harbour the health concerns of obsolete materials like lead paint and asbestos.

For the non DIY amongst us modern houses are built to incur less maintenance and are often more energy efficient as to insulation, double glazed windows and doors, boiler systems and even low water flush toilets. Parking is also normally accounted for, often something not found in older pre 1930’s houses.  Older houses although often prettier, may not always have parking, but often larger gardens. Repairs can be dearer and if listed or in a conservation area planning consent may be required for repairs or additions.  Equally you may find that electrics and boiler systems have limited life. But could you be without the charming fireplace, period architecture and decorative features, not to mention if your lucky a garden that could take decades to establish in a modern home, where if brand new, or just years old when digging down you find that your plot was used for dispersing of all the redundant bricks, rubble or worse!

On the balance theres no right or wrong. Its what suits you. Older homes can have a proven history of stability, period styles appealing to those looking for more old-fashioned elegance and character, and a track record of repairs that leaves no surprises.

But either can still be your dream home, and this overriding point is tied more to the intangible interests that lead you to shop for homes in the first place than it is to scientific specifics. For any house you’ll want to get a professional inspection done, but in the end you have to follow your heart.

OLD OR NEW YOU CHOOSE !


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