When looking for the perfect home, one must take quite soon the decision on either buying an modern property all set for enjoying the perks of millennial technology or to choose a more traditional home, charmed with history, and maybe spider webs. This will often tilt you over different budget plans, timings and even locations.
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Now let’s address the obvious: modern houses are built to fit nowadays’ standards, which depends on your country but are always highly convenient for that specific place; whereas older houses might not fulfill those requirements you are so used to. However, this traditional properties will often demand a smaller investment, plus they will be full of vintage details that make them fun and unique.
At Trovit we want you to find the perfect home for you, so we have prepared a list of things you have to think about before picking a team.
Newly built homes will require next to zero renovation works to be done, while their older cousins imply much more extra work before even move there, mostly when they were not well-kept. Essentials like plumbing, heating or air-conditioning might be very outdated and are specially costly. An old house very often means old components. Mind it before purchasing: you must always ask when was it last upgraded!
But if we have persuaded you to not purchase aged properties, keep in mind that newer homes might have been neglected and full of cheap fixtures, which could end up being equally costly or even irreparable. There. Now you are scared of both! You are welcome…
A traditional home lets you more freedom to destroy and build again however you like it, which for some people is a big plus. Also, those that are more than 60 years old were usually built for bigger families, so they have more rooms and bigger spaces. As for a modern property, the amount of rooms is usually lower, unless you are willing to pay much more. This will reduce your budget for any kind of renovation, in case you would like to redistribute the space. Also, they are usually designed to fit in a specific space so tightly that it will be difficult to change anything in the floor-plan. It’s already optimized to the millimeter!
A modern house is often more expensive. A fresh design, new appliances and all those extra features you are dying for have a price. Moreover, if you are acquiring a brand new property keep in mind that usually those special features have super inflated prices. On the other hand, if you purchase a cheaper but older property, sometimes you will have to pay so many extra costs on reparations or upgrades that at the end you might find yourself having paid almost the same. Or not. It depends how much do you like to get your hands dirty!
When you enter a traditional home the first thing you usually realize is how high are the ceilings… they don’t make those anymore! Moldings, woodwork and flourish details might be present too, adding that whimsical feel that tell you this place has a story or two. That’s not something you can find in a new building. In a new building you will find large showers, open-concept spaces and a build-in AC. Maybe even a music system. But mind that some of the old fashioned homes have features (like high quality woods, stained glass or hand carved trim) that you might never be able to afford! Make sure what do you prioritize before choosing.
Traditional properties usually can be found in the city centre, villages or old neighborhoods. Modern homes are typically placed in the outskirts of the city in new neighborhoods, you can even be one of the first ones to move in that area! Of course, you can find both kinds of homes anywhere around your country, but mind how the location of your home will affect your life there. Are there schools nearby? Parking spots? Supermarkets? Is it safe at night?
A modern construction will always consume less energy because it’s designed to have a smaller impact on the environment using new materials and techniques. Sadly, older properties are often insulated worst and most of their appliances don’t match nowadays’ sustainability standards and will require some renovations to be a bit more green. If you want to read more about the benefits of investing in an environmentally-friendly home, don’t hesitate to read our article on this matter.
To sum up…
If you fret about months-long reparations, unplanned costs piling up and old fashioned moldings, you probably should opt for a modern property, neat and (comparatively) unused. But if your dream is to become a handyman, home-designer and a contractor all in one, you are advised to enjoy the character of a traditional home!