When you’re home shopping, it often helps to know what you want. For instance, if you want a “smart” house, an older home may not fit your needs unless it has been overhauled or unless you want to make that type of investment in it. Speaking of older homes, though, they offer a ton of benefits. Here’s a look at just a few.
Chances are that you work in a city or, at least, in a decently populated area. If you want relatively short commutes, older homes are more likely to give you such commutes compared with newer housing. After all, newer homes are farther away from cities and spread out. Find an older home, and you could walk or bike to stores, and possibly even to work.
Many older homes feature turrets, gables, and quaint gardens, and are not “cookie cutter” like a lot of newer construction seems to be. If you want a house that seems as if it is from the books of a fairy tale, an older home is more likely to fit the bill.
Of course, some people use “charming house” as a euphemism for a house that has plumbing problems and the like. To make sure your particular households no surprises, have a home inspection done. Afterward, plumbing services are essential to ensure your water heaters, sewers, drains, and much more function well. Along with electrical services and other services, plumbing personnel can help with any electrical and sewer renovations.
If you want a truly unique house with interior and exterior designs you won’t find anywhere else, older is usually better.
3. Sturdy Construction
Houses today tend to not be built with the same attention to detail as they used to be. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, but the bottom line is that quite a few older homes will stand the test of time better than their more recent counterparts.
4. Close-Knit Communities
One drawback of newer construction is that homes built farther away lead to communities that are not close. (Of course, if you don’t want neighbors, this is a positive!) Older houses, on the other hand, are built closer together. You interact with neighbors more on a daily basis; children play together, and you’ll see many of the same faces every day. In fact, when you move into an older neighborhood, you are likely to meet people who have lived there for decades. The sense of community and of stability can be tremendous.
5. Upfront Cost
Older homes tend to cost less at the beginning than newer homes do. In part, this is because many older homes come smaller and with outdated systems. However, it is possible to find an older house that is in great shape. On the other hand, if you fall in love with an older house that needs a lot of work, the overall cost may end up similar to if you had bought new. In any case, paying less upfront tends to be a real advantage for homebuyers.
Older homes may need some work such as plumbing services, but they come with charm and location. They’re well worth looking into.