Buyers of new homes sometimes want the best and the most affordable eco-friendly features. It can be challenging to find a house that already comes with all of the right features installed. In such a case, you, as a buyer, might need to find and buy a property first, and then update it. Below are some pros and cons that are associated with the eco-friendliness of old and new homes.
Old Homes: Pros and Cons
Old homes would not have energy-efficient systems unless the new systems were put in by previous owners. For example, it is common for northern homes from the ’40s to have very inefficient furnaces. Replacing such systems can be costly, although there will be money saved on utility bills following the replacement. On the plus side, older homes tend to be constructed with quality craftsmanship and real wood. For features that are not up to your standards, a renovation might feel completely justified.
New Homes: Pros and Cons
New homes will be built with energy-efficient materials, fixtures, and appliances. For example, you will not have to replace the windows for decades to come. You will also not have to worry about toxic materials that may be present in older homes, like asbestos. However, keep in mind that new houses may be constructed with very inexpensive materials and low-end features. Materials that come with these properties may have been treated with chemicals that can seep into the air for months to come, giving off that “new home” smell. On the other hand, replacing these materials with more eco-friendly ones is debatable when it comes to saving the environment.
When it comes to eco-friendliness, new and old homes have pros and cons. Whichever property you choose, allow Propy to make your transaction process secure and headache-free. Save time and money with a blockchain-powered Transaction Platform that is built for 21st-century real estate.