There’s a lot to love about buying an older home: charming features that you don’t see in modern properties, larger lot sizes, and (typically) a smaller price tag. It can be an excellent decision to purchase a home from decades past, but be sure to prioritize a thorough inspection before closing. While historic homes are often built to last, many older properties come with a set of challenges to look out for. Here, we share the top areas to focus on during the inspection of an older home.
Even if you’re prepared to purchase a fixer-upper, it’s important to know what you’re buying so you can budget accordingly. Historic homes are often built on stone or thick concrete slabs, and although these materials generally hold up well, we recommend taking a close look for structural problems. Foundation issues are among the most costly imperfections to fix, and a qualified inspector will catch warning signs or existing complications.
Home construction technology has made leaps and bounds since the turn of the century. If you’re buying an older house, you should be aware of the potential for outdated wiring and piping. Knob and tube wiring is a fire hazard, and should be replaced with a modern alternative if your inspector finds this problem. Likewise, pipes made with galvanized steel or lead-based products are occasionally found in older homes and should also be replaced as soon as possible to avoid plumbing issues or health hazards.
Rot, Decay, or Termite Damage
In Colorado, homes have to withstand fluctuating temperatures and weather patterns. It’s important to inspect properties of all ages with care, but older homes are especially prone to rot, decay, or termite damage. Modern lumber for framing is treated differently than vintage wooden framing, making rot or other structural damage a common problem in older properties.
While the home inspection is a vital part of the homebuying process for any property that you have in mind, this step is especially helpful if you’re interested in looking at historic homes. These beautiful houses can be an unbeatable buy, but it’s important to know the ins and outs of the property so you can make plans for renovations, if necessary. If you’d like to schedule an inspection with a qualified company, get in touch with our team at Homerun Inspection. We’ve worked with Denver-area homebuyers and sellers for more than 20 years, and we’re happy to help you feel confident about your new investment. When you’re ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call or fill out our online contact form.