While a new house offers modern comforts and needs less maintenance, the price of a newly-built house is often more than an old house. Some people prefer buying an older home because it has unique features or is located in a neighborhood they prefer. There is also a nostalgic appeal to an older home that new houses can’t compete with. 

For these reasons and more, the decision of whether to go for an older home or a new one can be tough. Let’s look at the pros and cons of buying an older home.

The Cons of Buying an Older Home

Higher Cost to Update and Maintain

An older home has aging components, like the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) electrical, and plumbing systems. They might not conform to current standards and they usually require some updates and upgrades to bring them up to speed.

If systems have been upgraded and you don’t need to make further renovations, maintenance will be less costly than purchasing entirely new systems. However, It is essential to address any issues to eliminate safety concerns and future damages and repair costs.

Less Energy Efficiency When Buying an Older Home

With technological advancements, the building industry has continued to adopt new efficiency standards and codes. Ample insulation, new appliances, and proper roof and attic ventilation are just some of the features that newly constructed houses are built with to promote maximum energy efficiency.

An older home is less likely to be efficient, and upgrading the efficiency of an old house is expensive. Hire an energy auditor to perform an evaluation of your property and its energy performance, and then recommend ways to make it more efficient.

Functionality Issues

An older home may have household functionality issues that do not align with a modern lifestyle. The designs of cabinets, closets, and rooms are smaller, and the kitchen and living areas are often not as large and open as in modern homes. 

Many buyers choose to update the space thoughtfully to improve functionality while maintaining the home’s character. Renovations cost money, so you’ll need to be prepared with an appropriate budget for these updates.

The Pros of Buying an Older Home


Nowadays, most houses are constructed with contractor-grade materials and features that are less expensive and durable, like laminate flooring and stock kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Buying an older home generally means you’ll have custom woodwork, hardwood floors, and other features that are built to last and will sustain wear and tear for years to come. 


Modern houses cannot compete with the attention to detail and skillful craftsmanship that old houses were built with. Coffered ceilings, leaded windows, arched doorways, ornate woodwork, and wood-burning fireplaces are all common in older homes. Newer houses built with affordability, convenience, and modern amenities in mind lack this unique historical charm.

Return on Investment

Despite the renovation costs, buying an older home can give you high returns on investment as they are built to last with character and features that are attractive to many people. By making the necessary changes to update the property while respecting its history, you can greatly increase its value.

It is important to perform due diligence before buying an older home, like ordering a home inspection. With a generous budget, you can have a property that is a mix of modern and vintage, offering both updated amenities and a classic look.

Secure Home Inspection Services offers home inspections to Western New York state. Contact us to request an appointment for our services.