For anyone who is thinking about it, here are 3 suggestions you should take into consideration The current house I live in is like, 15 years old, give or take. I've been thinking about the major "repairs" that have been done to it. 1. Use PVC pipes for your plumping. We had copper pipes in this house before, and the impurities and minerals from the city water lead to corrosion and build up in the pipes. They had to come into our house with a jackhammer, rip out our carpet, and tear up the concrete ground to just find out what the problem was. We had PVC piping run through our attic, instead of under the house. The construction was quite costly. PVC pipes are more resistant to build up. 2. The foundation of the house should be brick. From the termites, to the rotting from rain and humidity, to the threat of hurricanes, to the threat of fires, the drawbacks of wood siding became apparent quite quickly... and the reduced cost of using it just isn't worth the risk. 3. Get cast iron tubs for your bathrooms. They don't rust as easily as stainless steel tubs. Stainless steel is less expensive, and weighs less, but I assure you that you'll wind up replacing it soon enough, and it will be a hassle. Well, if any of you are considering getting a house, I hope this info has proven useful. I can't give any personal advice on this one, as my house hasn't had it, but I'd stay away from gas power, and rely on AC electricity alone - in my opinion the risk of your neighborhood turning into napalm and carbon monoxide poisoning is not worth the few advantages gas offers.