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Quiz: Old vs new homes - which type of building suits you?

One of the most important facets of finding the perfect property is identifying what you’re looking for. Do you swoon over stately pillars and wrought-iron balconies, or go weak at the knees for eco-friendly heating systems and smart appliances? Take our quiz to find out whether you’re better suited to new builds or classic properties.

Sintra - There are benefits to old and new properties – take our quiz to find which suits you.

Question 1: In what kind of neighbourhood do you feel most at home?

A. I prefer a tranquil suburban environment where I can relax in my private garden or take a stroll in the fresh air.

B. I love the hustle and bustle of a city atmosphere and being able to walk to my favourite cafés, parks and boutiques.

Question 2: Which list of features describe your ideal home’s kerb appeal?

A. An abundant use of glass, geometric angles, a merging of indoor and outdoor spaces, and solar panelling.

B. Mature fruit trees in the front garden, a gabled roof, and a wraparound porch with a hammock swing chair.

Question 3: Are you a DIY enthusiast?

A. No, I would rather hire a professional to ensure the job is completed to the highest standard.

B. Yes, I enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of working on repair projects at home.

Question 4: Which leisure-minded amenity would appeal to you more in a home?

A. A swimming pool with multicoloured LED lighting and an automatic cleaning system.

B. A library with floor-to-ceiling shelving and cherry-wood panelling.

Question 5: Do you like the look of stained glass?

A. Sure, but only in religious or historical buildings – not my home.

B. Yes, a stained-glass window is a striking and unusual focal point for a room.

Question 6: How important to you are sustainable building materials?

A. Very important, I prefer a home that’s built to the highest eco-friendly standards with energy efficiency to match.

B. I’m willing to upgrade older materials to bring them in line with the latest standards, even if it will cost more money.

Question 7: Are you looking for a long-term investment property?

A. Yes, I’m interested in a home built to the latest codes in an up-and-coming area.

B. Yes, I’m looking for a unique property in a historic, high-demand neighbourhood that will gain value over time with proper maintenance.

Results

If your answers are primarily A's, you would benefit from the pristine surroundings of a freshly constructed home. You’ll be able to put your own mark on it without the worries of modernisation and repairs.

If your answers are mostly B's, you gravitate towards the investment-friendly appeal of a classic home, with all its one-of-a-kind quirks and charm.

Learn more about both types of real estate with our property insights for buyers and sellers. Naturally, there are benefits and drawbacks to both old and new homes, so in the end the best property for you will depend on your location and aesthetic sensibilities. Be sure to compare all your options carefully to find the best fit.

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