If you had to choose between old and new construction, it’s a no brainer.
You love homes with a story to tell. The character you can only get from decades or even centuries of life taking place within their walls.
The crown molding left over from when home builders took more pride in their work.
The original dark cherry wood flooring kept in perfect condition all these years.
And every creek in the staircase echoing the thousands of footsteps it’s fought against.
If you’re considering buying an older home in the Athens area please use our checklist to make sure you end up with the home of your dreams, not nightmares.
Like with anything, it depends. But the fact that an old house has stood the test of time is usually a good sign.
Older houses that used poor construction techniques and materials are often demolished and turned into something new.
So the old homes that stick around often prove that they really don’t make them like they used to.
It’s not unusual for older homes to contain materials that would be way out of your price range today or maybe not available at all.
Old growth wood is some of the strongest material to build a home out of. It comes from large trees that grew undisturbed, making their wood dense and heavy.
Most old growth trees are endangered now so even if you have the cash it can be hard to get your hand on some.
Older homes are often in the best parts of town. Because cities tend to grow outward you can find some of the largest older homes close to downtown. A newer condo or townhouse in the area can be of comparable price but with much less yard space and square footage.
Older homes, especially in suburban areas like Athens, were built large to entice city dwellers and make up for the commute.
As the suburbs grow developers worry less about attracting new homeowners and more about maximizing the number of units on their land.
Antique homes are beautiful, spacious, and exude an old world charm you just can’t get with new construction.
But buyer beware. Older homes can have lots of unique, obscure, and downright strange problems to deal with.
Before plopping down your down payment on that old Victorian, use our buying an old house checklist to cover anything your inspector may have missed.
Did the house you’re thinking of making an offer on making the cut?
Great! Bin There Dump That can help you with the next step: remodeling.
Sure you love the classic feel of your vintage home but it’s going to need some modern updates to keep up with your lifestyle.
We’ve already answered the question, “are older homes built better?” They are. But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve on them.
Remodeling is stressful enough. Between the noise, mess, and delays, the last thing you want to do is figure out how to get the dumpster to the landfill.
That’s why we take care of everything for you. All you have to do is fill up your dumpster and we take care of the rest.
No waiting like you have to do when you use the city’s dumpsters. You can have any size dumpster at your door within 24 hours.
And unlike other dumpster rental companies, we care about your property as much as you do. That’s why we always lay down wood boards to prevent any scuffs or scrapes from messing up your pristine driveway.
So what are you waiting for? That beautiful old house isn’t going to clean itself.