It is not uncommon for older properties to get overlooked in the search for a new home. This is even more true in areas where new homes have just been built. Even homes that were built fifteen to twenty years ago can look dated when they are compared to homes that are brand new.
If you are trying to sell an older home, then you may want to think about updating the style of it before it goes on the market. Your real estate agent will be able to advise you about what changes they think will help your home to sell more quickly. You will then need to decide if you will be able to recoup the cost of these changes in the price that you sell your home for. If you do not want to make any improvements to your home, then you may need to be prepared to accept a lower price for the property.
However, older properties do have features which newer ones may not. These are things that need to be highlighted when you are marketing the property. Some of these features are listed below.
The builder of a new home will carry out some basic landscaping but their main focus is likely to be the house itself. With an older home it is more likely that the current owners already have landscaping to increase the curb appeal of the home. This means that this is something that the new owners will not have to spend money on, and this can make the home more appealing.
Older homes are often closer to schools, transport links and other amenities. This can be an advantage when compared to a new build which tend to be constructed on the outskirts of a town. Older houses may also be located in an area that already has a sense of community which may not be found on a new estate.
There may be features that are present in older homes that you do not tend to get with a new build. It is also more common for them to have larger yards and to be spaced further apart from their neighbors. This gives people more privacy and this could be something that they are looking for in their new home.
There are advantages and disadvantages of buying an older home, just as there with buying a new build. Older properties may be more expensive to run because they will not be as energy efficient as newer homes. A new home is also more likely to have a neutral decor throughout the house as this will be more appealing to buyers. Some sellers may not want to spend any money updating the style of their home before they leave. The issue with this is that any potential buyers may not have the same taste and they could be put of by decor that they do not like.