Building a home from scratch or selecting a freshly built home in a new community does appeal to many buyers. But there are also many great reasons to consider buying an existing – even an older – home. Here are just a few.
Today’s production builders are under an immense amount of pressure to build and sell homes as quickly as possible. For this reason, even though energy efficiency standards have increased, the most common construction practices have come to favor the builder more than they have the buyer – to help the builder construct homes faster and more profitably. For this reason, many buyers find that older homes seem more solidly built, even when cosmetic aspects may need updating.
Today’s low rate environment can provide you with even more of an incentive to make your move on an older home.
Similarly, older homes are more likely to have been built with what are today considered upgrades. Crown molding, built-ins, hand-finished wall surfaces, and pocket and solid wood doors abound in older homes but are typically only added as premium features in a new construction home. It’s these details and finishing touches of “character” that can make an older home shine.
When you select an older home, you are buying into a neighborhood that already has a years-long track record. Amenities and shopping would already be nearby, as would schools and parks. There’s no waiting for the conveniences you need or unpleasant surprise lurking around the corner.
Generally speaking, older homes tend to sell at a lower price per square foot when compared to comparable newly built homes. This means you can buy a larger house than you may have expected – or you can plan to spend less on the size home you want.
Opportunities to Customize
With an older home, you may feel the need to make cosmetic updates – whether just a fresh coat or paint or a major renovation. But because you will have already saved on the purchase price, it’s easy to factor these projects into your overall budget. And then you’ll be able to make your “new-to-you” home truly your own.
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