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4 Reasons to Remodel an Old Home Instead of Buying New

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There are simple benefits of buying an old home to renovate.

Buying a new home leads to many questions: Where do you want to live? What style are you looking for? How many people will you want to house? Is it better to build new or buy something finished? With so many avenues lying before you, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Every home seeker should consider on thing, however, and that is purchasing an old home to refurbish. Although the endeavor may require a bit more work, the benefits are huge, as long as the original purchase is sound. From the added character to the high-quality craftsmanship, owning an old home can be one of the best real estate decisions you’ve ever made. Read on for some simple benefits of buying an old home to renovate.

1. Old-World Character

One of the best things about reconstructing an older home is that it still has unique character. Your home will come with features that would cost thousands to reproduce today, such as huge fireplaces and ornate fixtures. You also get to have rooms and elements of construction that are uncommon in modern buildings, such as towers, libraries, wine cellars, parlors, and winding staircases.

2. Higher-Quality Construction

If you purchase a well made home from a different era, there is a very good chance that it will be of much higher-quality construction than any property you would find today. Building materials were thicker and stronger, real stones and bricks were used more frequently in construction, and, if it’s still in good condition, the home was obviously built to last. This is a great starting point for reconstruction projects and additions, better than starting from scratch or with a building of lesser quality.

3. Showcase Your Vision

The great thing about remodeling an older property is that you have the chance to make something that is truly one-of-a-kind. Starting with a classic, high-quality foundation, you can add as many modern elements as you like to create your own combination of old and new. You have the opportunity to tailor the style of the house to your lifestyle, while getting to live in a slice of history.

4. Trees and Garden Space

Most older properties came with much more land, as it was cheaper to purchase the farther back you go in history. Older houses usually also have built-in spaces for gardens and outdoor entertainment, not to mention trees that have stood for hundreds of years. The ability to buy a home surrounded by mature trees and greenery is much preferable to (and less costly than) planting saplings and waiting for the shade. It’s also healthier for the environment than bringing in fully matured trees to re-plant.

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