For those that have been reading theFrontSteps for a while you’ll know we have a little thing we call Stump the Stammtisch, where readers write in with all sorts of questions that we attempt to answer. If we can’t answer, we’ll try to find someone who can. As it turns out many questions aren’t necessarily geared towards “stumping us”, so we might be permanently changing the name to “ask us”. (Not that you really care, but we feel obligated to explain.)
Today, Sophie simply wants to ask,
How much do you want (or don’t want) to know about previous occupants of your house?
Today, for the 3rd time, someone from the family who owned the house
for decades [before us] rang my doorbell. I love the visits. Each of them brings
information and insight, and each visit finishes with a “This place is so full of happy memories. Thanks for letting me peak”.
However, there are [things] that I wish I [didn't] know about the
previous occupants. We still receive mail for owners and tenants who moved out 18 years ago (and each and every occupant since).
So buying new? Or buying a property and its history of happy and less
Sophie would like to know.
We say, go for both. Buy new, and buy old, just don’t get too old before you buy new.