(Closed) How Old is TOO Old for a New House?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: A "New" Home should be...
    Anything less than brand new is too old : (8 votes)
    3 %
    Built sometime from 2000-now : (61 votes)
    21 %
    Built between 1990-now : (18 votes)
    6 %
    Built between 1980-now : (15 votes)
    5 %
    Built between 1978 (when lead-based paint was banned)-now : (15 votes)
    5 %
    Built between 1970-now : (12 votes)
    4 %
    Before 1970 is just fine! : (138 votes)
    48 %
    Other (explain below!) : (22 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 4
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    4035 posts
    Honey bee

    @inky_1:  I personally love homes from 1920 or before, especially if they have been updated/remodeled (in terms of energy efficiency stuff), but have maintained their character. Any house I have never owned would be new to me! As long as it is in good condition and doesn’t need major repairs/updates, I would be happy!

    Post # 5
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    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Full disclosure:  I work in construction, and I tend to err on the side of pessimism with construction.

    I chose anything after lead paint was banned because if you want to do any renovation/remodeling the costs associated with removing lead or asbestos containing materials is kinda ridiculous.  However, just because it’s banned, doesn’t mean it doesn’t get installed, so just because a house was built in 1979 doesn’t mean there is no lead paint.

    For the most part, the newer the house, the more energy efficient it will be.

    For our first house, we did look at houses of all age ranges (they started around 1950s and newer).  But I’m a sucker for historic buildings and, since you’re in Virginia, I would keep your options open, you may find the most gorgeous detailing in a much older home that you wouldn’t find in any house built in the last century.  (So really I probably should have selected “Other”.)

    Post # 6
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Homes where I live were built in the very early 1900s. New builds (last 10 years) are few and far between. We actually close on a new (3 yr old) townhome in two days, but that’s as new as you can really get here, there’s no room to build unless old houses are torn down!! We chose new over old because of the earthquake risks here. We didn’t want to spend $75,000+ retrofitting just to get a place with “character”. We’ll take the more livable floor plans, the safety, the energy efficiency, and run!

    Post # 7
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    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Our (first) house was built in the 1960s and is still in great condition. Some stuff about it is old (like the eletric heating and lack of AC), but overall it’s a great little house. We do not plan on living here forever, but not because the house is bad. We plan on moving to a bigger home in 2 years and keeping this one as a rental property.

    My mom’s house is over 200 years old! It was a fixer upper when she first moved in but it’s a great home! It’s not like it’s about to topple over, it’s made of huge slabs of stone!

    Some new builds have worse bones than older homes do.

    It really goes on a house per house basis. Just make sure you get in inspected so you know what you are buying.

    Post # 8
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    3947 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    The older the better for me.  I WANT a house that has a lot of beautiful history and memories. 

    The house we are renting now was built in the early 1940’s.  There’s even “cook quarters” in the basement.  It’s pretty cool.

    Post # 10
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    3947 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @inky_1:   Can I ask you where in VA you are?

    Post # 11
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    9201 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Our first/current home was built in 1952.  It is adorable and I love it!  No lead paint but it may have asbestos.  We just aren’t going to rip down any walls and it should be fine.

    Post # 12
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    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Our house was originally built in 1949 πŸ™‚  Same owner from then until the 70s, then his son inherited the house.  They added on and remodeled several times before selling in 2007, and then we bought the house from those people in 2010 and did some renovations before we moved in. 

    Our little area is mostly houses build around WWII, but since it’s geographically desirable a lot of the old houses are being torn down with stupid new construction being buid in πŸ™  about a half mile from my house, a house on an acre lot was torn down and FIVE new houses were built on the lot.  Pppffffttttt.  I don’t like new construction πŸ™‚

    Post # 13
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    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Around here the construction of pre 2000 homes are iffy. But I have lived in 13 states and I have to say that in some states it is the newer homes that are crappola. I used to flip houses and have to say that in most cases older was better built. Favorite houses were the pre 1920’s house in FL, the pre civil war house in Georgia, the 1882 house in PA, and my current home which was built in 1954. We have been in houses built in the 1990’s that really should have just been pulled down. Shoddy construction throughout. I looked at a house recently with a friend built in 2003 and had to laugh! I have never seen such slap dab construction. I had to wonder which inspector they bought off. Needless to say she didnt put an offer in. Age has nothing to do with quality.

    Post # 14
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    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re about to close on a house built in 1941. For me it needed to either be pre-1950s or <10 yrs old. I hated pretty much every house we saw that was built from 1950 – 2000

    Post # 15
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    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I LOVE old places! Mine is 101 years old and is solid as a rock.

    Fully rennovated kitchen and bath though, lets all be honest that is important. The windows were just replaced as well and they are gorgeous.

    Ideally I will always live somewhere that old, but I think when we leave the city we will probably new build a place if we can’t find what we want.

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