Buyer's Guide » Old Versus New
- Which House is Best for You
in the market for a home? If so, how do you envision your ideal
abode? Do you picture yourself in a cozy character home with
ornate decor? Or does the image of a brand new home built with
today's state-of-the-art technology beckon? Your decision, to
a large extent, will be determined by your lifestyle and as
a matter of compromise.
start looking for a home, you will want to enlist the services
of a REALTOR® to help you match your preferences with the benefits
of old versus new homes.
of an older home
can see exactly what you are getting and don't have to try
and picture the completed house from a set of blueprints.
have been made by the previous owner(s).
house has been "shaken down" - structural faults are
clearly seen and can be or have been corrected.
neighbourhood is fully built up and its character has been
established; there are existing recreation areas and a variety
of local services. Landscaping is in place and trees are mature.
are generally fewer immediate move-in costs with an older
home, because basic features like drapery tracks (and sometimes
window coverings) are already installed. And chattels, such
as special lighting fixtures, are often included in the sale.
of a new home
can choose from a model house or a custom-built home design
have much more flexibility in customizing your decor and landscaping
to suit your tastes.
get fresh, unblemished walls and you can usually choose the
type of flooring, carpeting and cupboards that you want.
most new homes, you generally get much more storage space
(such as closets) and larger rooms.
minimum standards for plumbing, electrical, insulation and
heating systems are higher than ever before.
only a few of the advantages to consider when determining your
preference over old versus new homes. By speaking with a REALTOR®
who regularly consults with individuals evaluating their home
choices, you can narrow your search and focus on the style of
home that best suits you.