If you’re looking to buy a property, there are a number of different types of property to choose from. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consider carefully what’s best for you. Here, we look at the advantages and disadvantages of buying a flat/apartment, older house, or new home.


Flats and apartments have become increasingly popular in recent years, as they can offer a convenient and affordable option for homeowners. They are often found in sought-after locations, such as city centres, where they offer easy access to amenities and transport links.


– Generally cheaper than a house

– Maintenance fees may be shared with other residents

– Often located in desirable areas

– Security measures often in place


– Lack of space

– Noise from other residents

– Potential restrictions on changes you can make

Older Houses

Older houses are full of character and charm, with some offering period features that give them a unique appeal. They can also offer a great investment opportunity, as they may require renovation work to bring them up to modern standards.


– Potential to increase in value

– Often offer more space than a flat

– Period features and character

– Potential for DIY projects


– May require significant renovation work

– Potential for unexpected repair costs

– Ageing infrastructure (eg. Wiring, plumbing)

– Can be inefficient as not designed to modern building standards/regulations

New Homes

New homes are built to specific standards, with modern fixtures and fittings, and may come with a warranty for added peace of mind. They are often located in popular areas, making them a great choice for those who want to be close to amenities.


– Modern fixtures and fittings

– Low maintenance

– May come with a warranty

– Generally located in desirable areas


– Generally more expensive than older homes

– Limited customisation options

– Lack of character

Choosing a property type is an important decision, and it’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type before making a choice. By considering all the options, you can ensure you make the right choice for you.

Whichever type of property you opt for, having a RICS Home Survey or a Building Survey Report will help you to identify any issues before the sale proceeds any further. To seek advice about the type of report that is suitable for the property you are buying or to obtain a quote, please get in touch.

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