Looking for a new place to live can be a very exciting time in life, but it’s certainly not without many decisions, and one of those is surrounding the type of house you want.Now, you may already have a very clear as to what you want, but for most people, it’s a little more challenging – especially when there’s so much choice out there, and a large selection of beautiful homes, both old and new.The thing is, both have their good sides and downsides just like everything else, so it really comes down to your own preferences and what you’re looking for in a house.
To help you reach a decision and narrow your selection a little, here’s a brief overview of what you can expect with both newer, modern built homes and more traditional, older ones.
What to expect with an older home:
Older homes are well-known for their unique character and charming features, such as high windows and ceilings, Victorian staircases and original hardwood floors.
Many older homes were built in times when a lot of this stuff was made by hand, so they’re really difficult, if not impossible, to come across. They can also be a huge selling point if you ever do decide to sell the place later on. So, if you’re looking for a home that’s more unique, an older property could be the best decision.
The good thing about original features is that they were built to last, so even things like hardwood and concrete floors can be maintained and kept in good shape through things like concrete polishing that will restore them to their original beauty.
When older houses were built, they were typically built on private pieces of land that was owned by families, and sometimes those were working houses, such as on farms, so they needed a lot of space.
Of course, when buying your house, you need to check how much land it currently comes with, because it’s often the case that part or all of the land has been sold and doesn’t belong to the house anymore.
Cheaper to buy:
Older houses are typically a good bit cheaper to buy than newer ones because they often require more work once you’ve actually moved in.
Higher running costs:
The flip side to lower purchase costs is, unfortunately higher running costs. So, unless the house is well insulated, things like heating and water can be a lot more expensive than they would be in a newer house.
What to expect with a newer home:
More energy efficient:
Newer homes are built to very strict modern-day building and safety standards, and that also includes making sure they’re energy efficient, and as green as possible. This is a good thing because it means your monthly costs will be less than they otherwise would.
Ready to move in: Modern homes are built for modern life, and this means they come with all the conveniences you’d expect, including being ready to move straight in to.