After several years of diligently saving money, I’m nearly ready to purchase my first home. Because I’ve been thinking about buying a home for so long, I know exactly what I want my house to look like. I desire a place that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. I also need a quiet space to set up my home office in. I want a massive, walk-in closet in my master bedroom. My master bathroom needs to have double vanities, a tiled, walk-in shower, and a Jacuzzi tub. On this blog, I hope you will discover how to set priorities during your new home search. Enjoy!
When you are on the hunt to find the perfect historic home with charm and intricate details along with its own character, you don't want to just buy the first home you see that looks great. It is important to understand some factors around a historic home, including its design, structure, interior components, and age-related problems. Here are some tips to help you look for historic homes in your budget.
Consider Its Age
When you buy a historic home you come to expect that it is going to be decades and centuries old. And if some of the home's components are the original, they can be showing their age. For example, you should look at the home's plumbing system to find out if it has been updated and when it was completed.
The plumbing lines inside the home should have been updated or you will likely need to update them yourself if you buy the home, but also look at the underground plumbing main line. This line extends from your home's interior plumbing to connect it to the city sewer or a septic system. Have it checked for its age, condition, and for any damage that may have begun to appear. This can include a collapsing plumbing line that is slowly causing a backup in your sewer line or tree root growth inside the pipe's interior.
You should also look at the home's electrical to see if it has been updated. Some historic homes are still running on old tube and knob wiring and the actual wiring inside the walls is out of date. This can pose a fire hazard and also complicate your ability to secure hazard insurance on the property.
Look at Interior Elements
Once you have checked into any age-related problems with the home, it is always recommended to hire a professional inspection. But before you get to actually putting an offer of purchase on the home, you can check different areas of the home's interior elements to see their condition and look for any potential problems that can exist within the home's features. For example, if the home has hardwood flooring, ask how many times it has been sanded down and finished. You can sometimes determine this on your own if you inspect around the baseboards surrounding the hardwood. When a hardwood floor has been sanded and refinished, it can often put sanding grooves into their profile.
You can also look through the basement to see if there are signs of cracks in the walls, moisture stains on the walls, finished and unfinished, any moisture spots on the concrete floors, and if the basement has a sump pump installed. When the home's lath and plaster walls have been replaced with more modern drywall, you can ask about any previous moisture leaks and problems.