You have decided it is time to buy your next home and you are torn between buying a newer home versus a home that was built a long time ago. For some people, the biggest difference between the two the sort of charm that an older home can have. But there are plenty of benefits to old and newer homes that will make it necessary for you to more carefully consider your options before you buy.
Older Homes Are Settled
Older homes have been in place for a long time and have had a chance to settle into a stable structure. Older homes have the kinds of creaks and groans you might not hear from newer homes, but older homes have also stood through storms, high winds, and a variety of other challenges. Older homes are often built with hand tools and using a high grade of wood that is simply not used anymore.
New Homes Easily Accommodate Technology
Older homes have been constantly upgraded to accommodate new technology, and that constant upgrading can sometimes leave permanent scars on your home’s interior. Newer homes were built with new technology in mind, and you can add all of the technology you want without altering your interior decor.
Older Homes Offer Variety
A newer home was built with a style in mind and that style dictates the final look of the home. With an older home, there may have been a variety of renovation projects done to create a variety of styles. The end result is a very unique home that looks unlike anything else and contains architectural signatures that bring in a feeling of history.
Newer Homes Tend To Be Easier To Maintain
There is a long list of building features that go into new homes that make them easier to maintain. Synthetic floors repel stains easier, while vinyl siding can look like new with a single power washing session. With older homes, the thick wood is durable but it also stains. The exterior has to be re-painted every couple of years, unless you give in and put some modern siding in place.
Energy Efficiency For Newer Homes
Older homes were built at a time when we did not know a lot about energy efficiency and conserving energy. That means that the energy bills for older homes, even if you invest in some energy efficient upgrades, tend to be higher than newer homes. With a newer home, the latest energy efficiency building ideas were used and the structure offers plenty of cost savings when it comes to energy use.
The choice between buying a newer home versus and older home is always, in the end, part emotional and part practical. The final decision is usually based on strong emotions for one type of house versus the other. For example, you know that a newer house is more energy efficient but you really want to live in a charming older house. The key is to take your time making the decision and be comfortable with the reasons why you chose one type of house over the other.