I hear this question frequently now. What I’m finding is that the home still ages even though it’s vacant. Mold also becomes an issue here in the south if the utilities have been off, even for a short time. It’s not uncommon during a home inspection to find more plumbing leaks, mold, faulty GFCI’s and wood rot. I recently had the importunity to inspect a 17 year old home that had never been lived in. What a mess! While at the inspection, there were 17 years worth of problems to jump out at me, door gaskets dried up, freezer / water lines leaking, jet tub motor seized, roof leaks and the list goes on for hours and hours.
So, make sure you get a home inspection, new, used or a combination of both.