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

posted 7 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 # 92
    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2001

    My house we are renting was built in 1875. So I guess im not picky.

    Post # 93
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    When we were looking we gave our realtor a 5 year cutoff – we didn’t even want to look at anything older. 

    Post # 94
    2178 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    we seriously considered a brownstone from 1850s and a ‘new’ condo from 2006…. we ended up in the condo bc it gave us everything we wanted without major renovations and after the ‘drama’ we had in just re-running one cable wire I am so happy. I still love older homes and think they are amazing but after living in 1850s brownstones (as a renter) for 7+yrs I knew that it was just too big of a project (time, money, patience etc) for us at this time

    Post # 95
    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I didn’t see many houses built before the the 70s in my search, but I kind of set my bar around 1985 or newer. Mostly because the newer the house was, the less I could see that we would need to remodel (or even COULD remodel!). And older houses tended to have a shower/bath combo in the master bath, but I wanted a separate shower and separate bath. Some places just didn’t have the space for that. This is all ignoring the lead, asbestos, and energy efficiency problems.

    We ended up with a house built in 1992. πŸ™‚

    Post # 96
    1019 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Too old = built with asbestos. Age ain’t shit πŸ™‚ 

    Post # 97
    1724 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    We live in an area where a lot of the houses are from the 1880s, early 1900s. Though many are renovated and updated, we saw some that weren’t – and that was just too expensive for us.

    Our house was built in 1950, and we’re the second owners. While the owner didn’t update the LOOK of the place, he kept everything in very good working order. Our house looks retro.

    I would have gone older. Once the house gets to the 1930s, it does make things a little iffy…I see too much money and upkeep ahead.

    Post # 98
    971 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    we chose an older home built in the 70s forthe sake a building quality. There was a houing boom in our area10-15 years ago and although they are lovely they were thrown up so quickly that theynow have serious issues. In one local very affluent area all the houses foundations are erroding and sliding due to shotty speedy construction. If it’s been standing good and solid for 40+ years you know unless something major changes that you’ve got a firm foundation and solid construction, which is way more important than modern fixtures, those are way easier to update than a crumbling foundation. 

    Post # 99
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My Future In-Laws live in home that was built in the early 1800s. They have renovated a lot of it, but seriously the house has so much character and it is gorgeous! It is probably one of my favorite and one of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever seen in person.


     Our home was built in 1966 and I love that it also has character and isn’t cookie cutter like most neighborhoods/houses these days. The previous owners had gutted the kitchen and replaced a bunch of things throughout the house so its all up to date and pretty πŸ™‚


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