All of the Fun Things About Owning an Old Home

Many first time home buyers think of the age of a home like a time bomb. With age comes costly repairs and renovations that are often avoided (or at least prolonged) if you buy a newer home. While it is true that older homes are prone to needing more upgrades, they also have many advantages over newer homes.

What you don’t often hear is that if an old home is maintained properly, it can be as good if not better than living in a newly built one. Old homes often come with perks that are forgotten or ignored in the buying process. In this article, we’ll go over some of the best reasons to own an old home, and some of the things to look for when house hunting.

1. With age comes wisdom

Old homes are filled with history. From the people who built and lived in the home, down to the tiny architectural details, these houses will shed light upon what life was once like in your neighborhood. For those eager to learn about the history and culture of their neighborhood, it has never been easier to access historical data from internet archives or your local library.

Aside from being historically significant, old homes are also aesthetically interesting. Depending on the architectural style and location of your home, it could have been built using any number of materials and techniques. Today, mass production has made home-building much more streamlined and efficient. Unfortunately, that has come at the cost of some originality in style.

2. Cost

In many instances, old homes are cheaper to buy than new ones. One reason is that sellers assume that buyers will have to pour money into the home to keep it updated and adjust the asking price. Another is simply that your average homebuyer values new homes over old ones. If you enjoy older homes, that gives you a financial advantage.

For those homebuyers interested in do-it-yourself repairs and upgrades, buying a “fixer upper” is a great way to save money. However, be aware that some repairs should be better left to the professionals, especially when dealing with hazardous materials like lead paint and asbestos.

3. Location

America is a young country. So the oldest homes tend to be built in centralized and urban areas. That often means easy access to things like grocery stores, schools and highways.

Aside from being convenient, old neighborhoods also tend to have developed communities and landscapes. The streets are probably lined with aged trees that provide plenty of shade, and there’s a greater likelihood of having nearby parks or ponds.

4. Prime land picks

Older homes tend to have the best plots of land because, well… they got the first pick. As a home buyer, this could be a huge if you’re looking for a larger backyard or one with great natural features like aged trees and natural bodies of water.

 

When you’re out hunting for new homes, don’t look past the older homes. You might find that they have many benefits that are great for you and your family.

 

Unwanted belongings? Here’s How to Get Rid of Them

Junk beginning to pile up in your home? Or have you noticed that you no longer use half of the things you own? Is your closet overflowing with clothes, shoes, and handbags? It might be time to think about clearing those things out of you home. Doing so will make you feel liberated and bring extra space that you may not have seen in years. Below are a few of the different ways in which you can free yourself of unwanted belongings.

Garage/Yard Sale: Garage or yard sales are a great way to sell your old/unwanted things. These options make you some money and get your stuff out the door fast. It will take a little work on your part, as you need to advertise and prepare. Be sure to promote through online resources, post signs and even place an ad in the newspaper. It’s also important to prepare in advance making sure you have everything you need such as tables and hanging racks.

Donate: Donating your unwanted possessions is a great alternative to selling them at a yard sale. And it often requires no work to you. Many foundations send trucks out in search of donations. If you have the extra space hold onto your things and wait for a truck to be in your area. If you don’t have that extra space you can always bring it to places like the Salvation Army.

Sell it: Selling your things is another great way to do away with your unwanted possessions. There are multiple avenues that you can take when selling including online and consignment. For online there are sites like eBay, the use of your own social media, craigslist and multiple apps such as letgo, Close5, and Vinted. There is also the option of selling your things to a consignment shop.

There are many options for getting rid of your old and unwanted belongings. And it may be that you want to use a combination of the ways listed above. As the age old saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

How to Make Homemade Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Summer is here and it is time to enjoy a classic summertime drink. Before you head to the store to buy that powdery substance here is a quick and easy way to make your own homemade lemonade.

Here is what you will need:

-6 large lemons

-1 cup sugar

-2 qt. cold water

Directions:

1. Slice the lemons in half and squeeze each of them into a large measuring cup. This should yield about 1 1/2 cups of juice. Remove any seeds.

2. In a large pitcher or mason jar, combine the juice and the sugar.

3. Stir in 2 quarts of cold water.

4. Serve over ice and enjoy.

Serves 8 to 10.