Old vs New: What's Best for You?
One of the biggest decisions house hunters face is the choice between older and newer homes. Home buyers face countless decisions when purchasing a home.
With the number of new residential developments increasing in Portage La Prairie, one of the first things you need to establish is whether you prefer to live in a newer home in an up and coming neighborhood in Portage or look at an older home in an already established neighborhood in Portage.
Comparing newer and older homes can be like comparing apples and oranges. It really depends on your individual preferences and family priorities. And trust me there are a lot of options for both here in Portage. Here are a few advantages each type of home offers:
Pros of Older Homes
Old World Charm - Older homes usually boast unique architectural features such as stained glass windows and crown molding.
Location - Older homes are often located in well established communities with mature trees and developed landscaping. They're also usually close to popular downtown amenities.
Solid as a Rock - The craftsmanship that went into building homes years ago was usually second to none which means they're built to last.
Outdoor Space - Older homes usually have larger lots which is an important consideration if you value your privacy or wish to extend your home in the future.
Pros of Newer Homes
Customizable - A brand new home allows you to customize to your own tastes with options such as heated floors, granite countertops or even simple items like fixtures.
Low Maintenance - You're not likely to encounter any serious problems as everything's brand new. The home's exterior will also be much easier to maintain.
Functional - Newer homes are laid out with functional features such as open concept rooms, attached garages, larger storage areas and ensuite bathrooms.
Energy Efficient - Better windows, insulation and appliances mean newer homes are more energy efficient which translates into lower monthly bills for homeowners.
Newer homes are usually more functional and modern but existing homes offer a level of character that new homes can't match. You may have a fixed idea of what you prefer but keep an open mind and make sure you're familiar with the pros and cons of each. This is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make so do your research before signing on the dotted line.
If you are wanting to explore what the Portage market has available in either the new home market or the character homes market, do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
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