You bought a New Construction or Older house because …….

posted 2 years ago in Home
  • poll: You bought a New Construction or Older house because......(reasons in comment please)
    New Construction : (21 votes)
    24 %
    Older house : (67 votes)
    76 %
  • Post # 17
    451 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Houston

    Bought new construction 2015. We picked out everything we wanted. We were able to pick the yard so we bought a lot with nature preserve behind us. No back neighbors.  We had considered a older home but found they didn’t offer everything we wanted. 

    Post # 18
    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    1.You bought a NC or OH? New construction

    2. Why you bought what you bought? We were looking at both old and new, however we found that a lot of the old houses in our area had a lot of upgrades we didn’t need that really brought the price up (eg. massive concrete pad in backyard for camper, etc). We ended up going to a show home that we fell in love with plus they were offering a stellar deal and package. We were also able to upgrade what was important to us and get the basics for everything else which helped keep the price down too.

    3. Now that you live in the house, do you have any regrets? It’s not super relevant but I kind of wished we had spent a but more to get a double garage versus single. That’s really my only regret! The builder has been super great with us and everything is going great in our home 🙂

    4. Any other tips Think of what’s really important to you and don’t budge. As I mentioned above, I was more price driven when buying but I should have budged (within reason) to get the double garage, it would have made a huge difference to us. If you’re doing a new build, thoroughly research the builder. There’s a few in our area who have terrible homes and we have friends and family members dealing with massive issues because of it. For older homes, ensure you get a reputable inspector so you 100% know what you’re going into- you don’t want to move in and find out there’s mould or anything like that!

    Good luck in your search! 

    Post # 19
    649 posts
    Busy bee

    emeraldsmiley :  

    We built our home after both of us previously owning older homes.  I would absolutely build again, but only a custom home like we did this time.  We used a local builder who is well known for the quality of his homes vs a larger developer and the difference in quality is noticeable. Our electric bill for a +4000 sq ft home is the same as my old 1000 sq ft apartment and a third of my 1800 sq ft home built in the 1930s. Energy savings are something people rarely consider.

    Older homes were $80-150k less in our area and needed $120-200k minimum in renovations and still weren’t quite as functional for our family.  Having a child with asthma, finding a pet free and smoke free house was another factor in building.  Renovating an older home is a huge commitment and we don’t have time for projects nor is it practical to have a kitchen torn up for months with young children in our household. Some people like the DIY project centered lifestyle, but having very limited downtime, I want to enjoy my weekends not work even more or discover we have a lead based paint or asbestos issue. 

    Post # 20
    5365 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    We bought a NC last year because that was basically all therewas. We looked at houses that were about 10 yrs old but decided to build because we would’ve rather sold a 5 yr old house instead of a 15 yr old house. We never planned on being there all that long. We moved after 13 months and close on it next Friday. We are SOOO glad to be done with that damn house. So many people in our neighborhood had tons of problems because they throw these damn houses up in the blink of an eye. We had electrical problems like crazy. Someone in our neighborhood had their kitchen sink, crazy shit. Anyways, we moved to a small beach town and it’s pretty much all older homes with very few NC sprinkled in. We cannot wait to get our hands on one of the OH. We will never buy NC again.

    Post # 21
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    Before we even met, I bought OH and my fiance bought NC. We’re living in the house he bought as its a lot bigger (house and yard) and the heating is way better. Also, generally, stuff doesn’t break as much as in the house I bought.

    I love the character of the house I bought… But it can be a real pain in the butt at times!

    ETA: the OH was built in the 1930’s, so it’s truly old!

    Post # 22
    1223 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Just closed on a 110 year old home. The lot it’s on is amazing and there is nothing new in our target area with a similar lot. In fact, any lots I have seen have be listed for almost as much as our house cost!!!! The house needs updating but has amazing character and building materials like the ones used in it simply don’t exist any more. We have a few major projects but will probably be done with those in 5 years.

    Post # 23
    5716 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I’m laughing at the comments saying houses built in the 80s and 90s are old. 

    My house was built in 1870’s, picked it because it has big rooms and lots of original features.

    New builds look awful, I would never buy one. 

    Post # 24
    2627 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

    We bought a NC off plan. We bought it becauce we could afford it and it was in a good location. We also thought that being new, it would be a cheaper option as we wouldn’t have to factor in repairs etc.

    Ours doesn’t really have a yard. We have a small paved area out the back (overlooking the park) which we have some garden furniture and a BBQ in, and a slightly larger paved area out the front. 

    I’m trying to convince Darling Husband that we should get some artificial grass – it just looks depressing out the front lol but there’s no room for a lawnmower.

    I would buy new again, but I’d be more picky I think. Our parking situation could be better and our kitchen is a lot smaller than we thought it would be. 


    Post # 25
    452 posts
    Helper bee

    emeraldsmiley :  we bought new construction and LOVE it. Our neighborhood is definitely cookie cutter, typical new construction. But it’s all young families (were pregnant with our first and have become best friends with two families on our street about our age and same situation), were on half an acre about 30 miles outside of the largest city in our state (Midwest), and I loved getting to pick out all finishes for the house (especially bathrooms and kitchens). Character wasn’t really important to us or we probably wouldn’t have gone with a cookie cutter subdivision.


    we did have outside inspectors come in at various points throughout the build at the recommendation of our realtor, who requested various things be fixed/moved. We have also taken advantage of our great warranty, although not for anything major.


    i did a TON of research on new construction and what upgrades were and weren’t worth it, and we’re super happy. Our realtor also negotiated an extra 10k in upgrades (production builders often wouldn’t budge on the base price of a home but will almost always give upgrade credits to make the sale). In the end, our base price was 330k, land was 15k, and our total price including land and upgrades was 375k. 


    In your area, I probably wouldn’t go with NC if it didn’t include a yard. One of our biggest selling points was having our half acre of land for our dogs and future kids to play on. I don’t mind not having the mature trees or have a unique looking house, but yard and space were important to both my husband and I.


    good luck!

    Post # 26
    9198 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    my current house was built in 1999, i am 3rd owner.

    i dont have preference on nc vs oh.

    it would be the house and property, cost, location, etc that would play a role in my decision.


    Post # 27
    454 posts
    Helper bee

    My home is 98 years old, and while I can understand the appeal of a newer construction, I’d have it no other way. It’s built soundly, has a great layout, so much character and history. It just feels more ‘grounded’. Plus, I actually enjoy updating, and making a mark on the home.

    Post # 28
    2631 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    We haven’t bought yet, but we are looking.  Our focus is on older homes because having a large lot/big back yard is very important to me.  You usually get more bang for your buck too.  We don’t mind having to do some minor remodeling or upgrades.

    Post # 29
    1017 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Where I live NC are cheaper to buy/maintain and much more energy efficient. It is so nice to walk into a NC and see that everything is all shiny, sparkly and fresh. But I hate the feeling of living in a concrete jungle and being overlooked – I look out my sitting room or kitchen and only see rows of all my neighbours’ windows. No grass or trees anywhere. It’s really claustrophobic and depressing. 

    Post # 30
    702 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    1.You bought a NC or OH? Older home–1950’s that was probably a very small starter home when it was built, but has had several additions made since then making it just over 2000 sq ft

    2. Why you bought what you bought?

    We love the area–it has a lot of charm, great community, great schools. Our house is the perfect size and layout for us (ranch style) on about an acre. It has a ton of unique design features that you don’t see in new constructions and higher end fixtures from updates done in the last 10 years. The style was completely updated & modern.

    We wouldn’t have opted for new construction because the new constructions in our area that are in the $200k-$250k price range all look exactly the same–cookie cutter faux craftsman style on small lots. They’re built with the cheapest possible everything…and if you want to upgrade they nickle and dime you like crazy. We would’ve had to opt for going with a builder that didn’t work on just their basic models…and I think that would’ve been very expensive to get what we want. There are some gorgeous new constructions, but to get into one of those neighborhoods the minimum price is about $500k which was outside our budget. I think with our older home we got much more for our money that we ever could’ve gotten from a NC.

    3. Now that you live in the house, do you have any regrets? No, not really. It does come with expenses. We had to replace part of our AC unit last year since it’s getting older. We want to re-do the deck into a brick patio (although I suppose that type of expense could also accompany a new construction). The roof will probably need to be replaced within the next 3 years. However, even with all that I still feel good about our older house. They didn’t cheap out on anything like I fear a new construction might, so everything was built to last…and when it comes down to it repairs and maintenance costs are just part of being a homeowner regardless of the age of your home.

    4. Any other tips: I would say if you’re between a new construction that’s further out in a less desirable location, or an older construction that’s close to amenities and good schools…always pick the older house. Your resale value depends so much on location.

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