What are the benefits of buying an antique or pre-war home?
While new construction is a popular choice for home buyers, many favor the charm of antique and/or pre-war homes for reasons that might not be so obvious.
For starters, the relatively smaller size of many older homes makes them more manageable in a few different and important ways. Rooms are well proportioned and not overwhelming, which means not only significant savings in heating and cooling bills, but also in decorating costs. Think of all the carpet, paint, wallpaper, furniture, and window treatments required in newer, supersized houses versus those in a sensibly-sized classic home. A front hallway runner in a newly built home can cost up to five times the amount of one on a beautiful, classic antique staircase.
Another key consideration is that there is potentially less need to downsize in the future. Many antique/pre-war homes provide for cozy, comfortable living while raising a family but do not feel overwhelming when the baby chicks have flown the nest. Your roots can continue to grow deep in your home over many cycles of life.
With the new technologies and wireless capabilities that are now on the market, it’s also becoming easier to turn a pre-war home into a modern state-of-the-art one. For example, most HVAC contractors can work with newer technologies to seamlessly retrofit a central air conditioning system into the nooks and crannies of the framework of an older, well-built home. There is also no need to open those beautiful plaster walls with wiring now that the world has gone wireless. New booster technology can have your older home wired and ready for lightning fast streaming.
Finally, older homes are oozing in charming unique detail. From beautiful thick plaster walls to mullions, millwork, and molding. It’s true, they just don’t make them like they used to. If you appreciate these special traits, then an older antique/pre-war home may just be in your future.
Schuyler Morris, Halstead Connecticut, LLC, (610) 505-6888, firstname.lastname@example.org