Would you rather live in a newly-built home or an affordable, stylish piece of history?
Across the USA, you can find various homes for sale that were built as long ago as the 19th century or as recently as yesterday.
You might be wondering; “Is buying a historic house right for my family?” Read on for some helpful tips and advice.
Built To Last
You might have heard people say “They don’t make ’em like they used too”…well it’s true! New homes aren’t built with the same solid construction as they were previously.
Newer homes tend to be built extremely quickly, but many older homes were built by genuine craftsmen with meticulous attention to the details. After decades or even centuries from being built, these solid builds have stood the test of time, withstanding many storms!
A historic house will also most likely have thicker walls with solid wood doors and framing. This old-growth wood means that it is denser and more sustainable. A home built to last!
Many new builds are almost built like Lego houses. You can easily get lost in a new estate, as they all tend to look the same. But a historic house possesses a lot more character and sometimes has some really cool features.
For example, a farmhouse sink, an antique tiled floor, a hand-carved staircase, classic fireplaces or even stained glass windows. In many Victorian or Tudor style homes, many architectural features include intricate molding, arches, and carved woodwork.
You won’t find any of these unique features in a generic new build.
Many house buyers lean towards newer properties. That means older homes aren’t as popular, which allows the price to be a bit cheaper.
You also get more for your money. If you look at the square footage of an older home versus a new build, you’d be surprised at how much bigger historic homes are. Which is great if you’ve got a big family to look after!
A Bigger Yard
Many moons ago when these houses were built, the land was generally cheaper. Builders built onto larger areas, leaving plenty of room for a big garden.
In many of these large yards, it’s not uncommon to see ancient trees, some even up to a hundred years old! And an abundance of plants that have bloomed year by year for decades.
Having a larger outdoor space mean that many homes have previously extended to having a garage and outdoor buildings, such as work sheds or cozy dens. Having this extra garden space means that you still have room to extend in the future. For example, a conservatory or a porch area.
Many older homes are located in urban neighborhoods which are closer to downtown areas.
This means many places are walkable, such as the local school, coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores. You might even be able to walk to work! This will save you a bunch of money on transport costs.
The neighborhood may have also been around for decades, some homes being passed down through generations. This can really make for a better and safer neighborhood, as everybody knows and looks out for each other.
Because of this, you also don’t have to worry about a constant changeover of neighbors, which can be pretty disruptive in some cases.
Things to Remember
Historic homes are unique and have many benefits. But make sure to do your research before you buy.
Many older homes require extra maintenance and updates. For example, the wiring and plumbing might need to be replaced. Or the chimney might need regular maintenance.
So when you’re viewing the house, make sure to check these things. If you’re unsure, it’s always good to get a qualified inspector to see how much the repairs will cost, this might save you a lot of money in the long run.
For information about historic homes in the San Diego area, take a look at Aumann Bender & Associates blog.
Buying a Historic House
As you can see, buying an older home has many benefits! Not only is it unique, stylish and generally bigger, but it was built to stand the test of time.
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