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When it comes to buying a new home, there are no doubt an almost endless amount of options out there and you might like different styles and not really be sure what to choose.
On the other side, you may be totally set on getting an older home, but are worried about some of the downsides that comes with. However, older houses also come with a lot of benefits, and in this post, we’re going to share with you exactly what those are so that you can put your focus on finding your dream home and creating a life there.
Unlike the modern build homes, which although beautiful in their own way do tend to all look the same, older homes are full of character from the way they’re built, the style of the houses, and the original features that they posses, such as winding Victorian stairways, wrap-around porches, and even charming details like wood beams, so if you’re looking for something that stands out for all the right reasons and you really love the idea of having original features in your home, then going for an older home is definitely a better option than a new build.
Older houses were built in a time when people had bigger families, so they will be built with a lot more space than we currently find in the more modern builds that are often assigned a designated amount of space to build on and are then surrounded with lots of other similar looking properties. Having extra space definitely gives you a lot more options for your house, so if space is an important thing for you, then an older home is probably going to be the right choice for your needs.
Often come with land
Just like older houses were often built in times when people required more space for larger families, they were also often built on family-owned land, so, not only will the land – or at least whatever of it hasn’t been sold off come with the house, but this makes it a great investment because you’ll be able to use the land as a selling point if you want to sell in the future and you can also build on it. Even if you don’t plan on doing any of these things, just having more land around your property will mean that you have more space and privacy to enjoy, which is certainly never going to be a bad thing.
Are easier to renovate
Older houses because of the way they’re designed, are typically easier to renovate, and this is great because then you can modernize the place without losing any of the original features, but can simply expand on them. Again, this is also something that’s great from an investment perspective since having a place where you can install all new modern appliances and keep the original features will really be the best of both worlds for potential buyers in the future.
Can be cheaper to buy
Since older houses often need bit of work doing to them, they can often (though not always) be cheaper to buy than newer build places. This can be perfect if you’re looking for something that you can really turn into a project and make your own, or if you want to flip the place and get into the property business, then older homes can be a great way to do this so that your investment isn’t so high up front and so that you can really get creative with what you do to do the place overall.
Locations are often better
Although it’s unlikely that you’ll find an older home in the middle of a city – unless it’s an older apartment, then older houses are typically going to be found in nicer and more rural neighborhoods, which often make them perfect for families and those seeking a bit of solitude in life – it also helps when you have that extra land available and you can build things on it that you’re able to enjoy instead of being in a crowded town or city where the noise levels are high and the privacy levels are minimum.
When older homes were built, since much of the land was owned by either the same family or families who knew each other well, they would often build their homes close to each other and these would eventually turn into traditional family neighborhoods, so if you’re looking for a place to raise a family and really want to have that feeling of community around you, then going for an older home could increase your chances of finding what you’re looking for.
They can be easier to sell
Just like buying an older home can be appealing for you because of things like the character and even the price, then the same is likely to be true for other people, and in fact it can be a good deal easier to sell an older home than a newer build one because often someone going to look at newer homes can see 10 and they don’t really look much different from each other, whereas an older home will be completely unique and can really wow someone the first time they see it, so this can be a huge selling point and definitely make it easier to sell an older home than a newer one.
We hope that this post has shown you some of the really great things about owning an older home – although this is not to say that there’s anything wrong with newer homes, both options have a large list of good and bad with them, so it ultimately depends on what you’re looking for, and only you will know that, but hopefully we’ve given you some things to think about regardless and you can make a decision based on what you actually want and need in terms of your lifestyle, family needs, and perhaps also your financial situation.
This is a collaborative post.