In an ideal world a good quality new build, self build perhaps or a developer who does a solid job.
I grew up in an old house and lived in them mostly since and don't like the lack of energy efficiency, I find they feel dustier, more repairs etc. I prefer modern homes, but hate the way they're so small and lack decent parking and pile them on top of each other. We're buying a 10 year old house, it's small, but the older properties here aren't popular so aren't good investments, ours looks out over countryside and tbh that was the biggest selling point!
I've had a new build and it was an absolute nightmare. settling was awful, the paint work was awful, it was just over priced and so many problems from fans to the floorboards starting to squeak... the list went on.
I have a new build it is 4 years old in April we bought it off plan - endless list of snagging issues to the most recent in us finding out they forgot to do the cavity wall insulation!!! however, our internal walls are breeze block, our foundations are piled (so it isn't subsiding), and everything is new
BUT having said that we would buy new again as it is so nice to have a house no one else has lived in
Our house was built in 1920. It was my great grandmas, then my uncles and then ours. I love it vs a fancy new house.
It has never been updated.
It has good and bad things. Bad because my uncle is an idiot and good because it has good bones. I DO NOT plan to update it! ( meaning no HGTV going into it or fancy IKEA stuff!).
ex of my uncles " handy work": Literal floor to ceiling tile in the kitchen all over the plaster walls and counters and backsplash. IF we want to replace it, the whole walls will crumble down.
another ex: He popcorn textured the wall going up the steps. No reason, just did it. That stuff is FOR CEILINGS, not walls.
We bought about a 12 year old house, so pretty young, it was a disaster. Bare minimum code insulation and windows, it was hard to heat and cool, the HVAC was undersized and not enough vents and not large enough. Everything was cheap builders grade. New houses are JUST LIKE THAT in the price range though.
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