Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Is a New Home Better than an Older Home?

Is a New Home Better than an Older Home?

Is a New Home Better than an Older Home?

Not necessarily. In many cases, it comes down to which home do you like. Which home has the features you want and which home is the better value.

The thing about new homes in Clarksville TN is that they are built in the new styles, new colors and lots of the new trends and materials catching the eye of buyers. But there is also good news for older homes, they too can have some of these new products and additions. Homeowners add updates to their homes for their own personal enjoyment and to prepare their homes for selling. Click here to begin your search for a Clarksville TN home.

New or older homes in Clarksville

With so many buyers watching HGTV and seeing the latest trends, home builders are watching too and delivering granite, quartz tops, farm sinks in kitchen, ship-lap and beadboard, nice open spaces and pretty windows. Buyers do take notice of these things and get excited about owning the home. 

But hold on. Most of what a buyer sees is the surface and cosmetics of a home. What is equally important or even more important is what is going on with the systems and behind the walls or under the floors. Even with building inspections and home inspections, items and deficiencies are missed that should be corrected before closing. These problems can exist in either a new home or an older home so never skip the home inspection process.

Now let's take a closer look at older homes in Clarksville TN. Many of these homes are solidly built, others were not. As with the way things are today, in years past some builders used better products and building practices and the result was better homes. You see you can cover up and add the glitz that will make a buyer take note of the older homes, too. A well built older home with new features can impress as much or more than a newly built home. You can feel how solid they are and how they have standed the test of time. Some newer homes do not feel as solid.

When buying an older home you generally have an established lawn and mature trees. This is a drawback to many of the new home neighborhoods. In a new home the home buyer will have to baby the lawn to get it looking rich and inviting. Some buyers don't have the desire nor the skill to be able to bring the lawn to its fullest capacity.

An older home usually has the window treatments in place. This can be a good feature especially if they are the newer styles and can save money for the new buyer. It can also be a distractor if old drapes and curtains are blocking the windows and making rooms feel smaller.

A new home presents the buyer with a clean slate and the buyer can make decisions about decorating choices. Many of these homes have tasteful decor and lean toward a more neutral color palette. An older home can also have undergone a freshening and made neutral. This is the best way to present any home to a prosective buyer.

New home prices can be higher than older home prices so your dollars may stretch future by buying an older home. You may get more square footage and the neighborhood you desire. But keep in mind, that you are generally getting some older systems too, an older roof, appliances, etc. The time for replacement could be sooner than you expect.

New homes in Clarksville convey with a one-year builder warranty. This warranty covers workmanship and material failure during the first year of ownership. Systems are also covered for a year and some of those warranties may be extended for as long as ten years.

So is it better to buy a new home or older home? It really depends on what you like. The smell of new comes with a new home. Buyers like that and knowing nobody has lived there before. But that  large shade tree and bigger yard may only come with the older home so it's a trade off. You decide!

For a new or older home in Clarksvile TN search here. Contact The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.

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Clarksville, TN 37040

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Comment balloon 14 commentsDebbie Reynolds • March 23 2018 03:25AM


Hi Debbie... I've had clients who will only ever do new; others who absolutely refuse to consider new. It is personal taste. In NYC it was all about pre-war buildings and you paid a premium for those. In Charlotte it's all about new in many cases. People here think a 5 year old home is "old."

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 12 months ago

Good morning Debbie - it is a matter of personal choice and there are people on both sides.  There are certainly strong pros for both.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 12 months ago

It really boils down to choice and what is available, Debbie Reynolds - You make great points for both circumstances. I just had a listing go into contract that was like new. All the latest trends and upgraded amenities and established landscaping and window coverings... the best of both worlds! Problem is these houses are off the market FAST!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 12 months ago

This is very good advice to share with prospective home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 months ago

Some of the workmanship I have seen I would not take a new home over a much older one

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 12 months ago

Good morning Debbie. I too think it depends too. For me, older is always better but there are pluses and minuses to all. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 12 months ago

It's a personal choice Debbie, but working with a clean slate is what many buyers are looking for!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 12 months ago

I prefer older homes myself. Whenever I look at new homes, I go into my future vision mode and imagine the place with scratched floors, worn paint, what the aging process will do to the interior, and then it's not so enticing and sparkly anymore.

You're also right that older homes were built by skilled people using superior materials. You don't get that in a newer home today. And you kids get offa my lawn.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) 12 months ago

Debbie, I agree with you it depends upon the customer their wants and needs. Thanks for sharing I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 12 months ago

My first home and my second home were both new construction...I loved them both and loved the experience of building. My third home was not new, and it was by far the best floor plan of all of them. 

We are currently buying home #4 and we chose it over new construction for one reason....all the features we could get and the size of the yard. For the same price we got so much more with the 14 year old home.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 12 months ago

Debbie one of the major advantages of an existing home for me is that everything has settled and you know what you are getting.  New homes you get to build it the way you want which is very appealing.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 12 months ago

Debbie, this is a debate many buyers are wrestling with, and wondering what the interest rates will do once a new home is done is a big question.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 12 months ago

Debbie what a great post, here in Los Angeles older homes translate to  the fact that you buy for less money, but you must be prepared to update electrical system, plumbing system and the list goes on and on... so you better be prepared to pay as you go, or as the systems go.... Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 12 months ago

In my market I would say hands down that construction was better 20 years ago. But I find that buyers sometimes go for new shiny and not well built

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 12 months ago