Demolish old house and build a better one
Hi all — We’re not finding any good lots in convenient neighborhoods. They’re all built out.
So we’re thinking about buying a cheaper house, demolishing it, and building a new one in its place. Have any of you gone this route? Lessons?
Advantages: Energy efficiency, comfort, roominess, and getting exactly what I want in terms of insulation, wiring, networking, etc. Also, this route creates more options on the buy side, e.g. ratty foreclosures and fixer-ups are now an option…
Disadvantages: Cost, probably. Time, compared to just buying some stupid house that is already built. What else?
I don’t like old houses in general. They tend to be ridiculously inefficient, uncomfortable, and low tech. I think landfills are fabulous, so I have no problem with sending a bunch of debris to one. I actually think a lot of houses should be torn down and replaced with much improved ones, just like that federal program that encouraged people to junk their old, high-polluting cars (was it called “Cash for clunkers?”)
I’m a bit concerned by the challenge of quality control and defect detection with a new build — I’ve seen and heard of a lot of defects in new home construction these days. In any case, what do you think?
Interesting article on this: https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/lessons-from-tearing-down-my-house/