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1. Older homes don’t have all the amenities desired in a new home today.
FALSE! Hundreds of older homes in Boston have been updated to include modern kitchens, baths, family rooms, master bedroom suites, and more.

2. It’s cost prohibitive to update an older home.  It’s much less expensive to build new
FALSE! The cost of rehabilitating  old structures generally  runs 25-33% less than  comparable  new  construction. With  the technology  that  exists  today,  most restoration,  rehabilitation,  and  remodeling projects  including  room  additions, can be done for a fraction  of the  cost of building a new home.  In addition,  individual  landmark  homes or homes located in a historic district may qualify for a property tax freeze based on the percentage of dollars that the homeowner spends on their project.

3. You won’t be able to find anyone to remodel, rehabilitate, or restore your older home. FALSE!
There are many talented, reputable firms like A.D. Construction that can handle everything from the simplest  remodeling  jobs  to the  most  sophisticated  room additions.

4. New homes have much more to offer than older homes.

FALSE! Older homes offer classic detailing that either  isn’t  available in new homes, or  if  available,  is often  cost-prohibitive.  These details include such things as plaster walls, cove moldings, built-in  cupboards and buffets, pocket doors  with matching  period  woodwork,  fancy  baseboards, solid  wood  doors,  handsome wood burning fireplaces  with attractive  surrounding  trim  and  moldings,  built-in  bookshelves, beautiful hardwood floors, large,  usable  front porches, and the irreplaceable  warmth, charm, and character that can only be found in an older home.

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5. New  homes  are  a  better investment.  
FALSE!  Property values of historic buildings significantly  out  perform  the   appreciation rates  of  non-historic  properties.  In  cases where a historically or architecturally important home is listed as an individual landmark or is part of  a  local  or national landmark  historic district,  values  have  increased way beyond average!

6. Riping down  older  homes and building new  makes  a positive  contribution to the local economy
FALSE! Restoration of an existing home is more labor intensive AND therefore creates two to five times as many jobs as new  construction.  New  construction  uses  a  much  higher  percentage  of materials than labor so the income goes to the  lumber companies, or the window manufacturers rather than  to local  laborers who in turn spend their wages on housing, groceries, etc. in the local economy.  Furthermore,  the  actual  cost  of  new  construction  in terms  of the  wear  and  tear  of truck  traffic  on the existing infrastructure, construction debris hauled to ever diminishing landfill sites, the environmental impact,  and  energy  cost  is  rarely  taken  into  account  when measuring the cost of new construction.

7. Original  wood  windows  are  too costly  to  repair and require extensive maintenance.
FALSE! What some people fail to realize is that original wood windows can last 75–100 years with proper maintenance and will last another 75–100 years if restored. Typically, replacement windows have a life expectancy of between 10–25 years.

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