The Advantages & Disadvantages of Buying New vs. Used Homes
When it comes to figuring out where to live, an important question to ask yourself is: should I buy a new-build or a more traditional older property? For the most part both generally offer positive experiences if you do your research. Whether you are looking at property for sale in Ipswich, Devon, or Aberdeen shopping around is essential if you want to discover your ideal home.
New homes have many advantages; not only are the rooms newer, the hardwood just installed, and the paint barely dry, but the feel of stepping into a brand-new, just-built, no-one-else-has-ever-lived-in property carries an electricity that can only come with a new dwelling.
New homes also tend to be built together with other new properties, and as a result the cluster often looks nicer and neater together. Additionally, the fact that your neighbors may have just moved in as well, indicates a clean slate for everyone to introduce themselves, without any pre-existing gossip. Because it is a previously unlived-in facility, make sure that your electricity, plumbing, heating, and other utilities work as they are supposed to.
On the other hand, an existing property that has been passed through generations can hold a character and appeal not found in current developments. Depending on how old the property is, the plumbing and electricity may already work well if the previous owners have put effort into fixing previous problems, or have called in repairmen so that people would be more likely to purchase the home. After all, who would want to move into a facility with no running water?
Moving into an existing home also means that your neighbors may already know each other, and thus you can always introduce yourself and know other neighbors by association. Check for damages in the walls or ceilings, and ask the previous owner about any problems that previously existed, such as a door that catches or a prior leak in the ceiling. Buying a cheaper home requiring extensive renovation can be a great way to put your own stamp on your property.
Either way, know the home
So, no matter which part of the UK you are looking to live in, knowing the quality and cost of a new home is very important when you are deciding between a new or existing property. Regardless of what you choose, hopefully some of your best times and memories may be spent in your new living quarters. Happy home hunting!