What to Look for When Buying an Older Home

arizona home for saleThere are many outstanding reasons to purchase an older home in Arizona. They tend to have more character and they may even be available in architectural styles that aren’t built anymore. Nonetheless, there are things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for an older home. It’s easy to get drawn in by the charm of an older house, yet always remember to think it over before you spring on something that could cause problems down the line.

Frame and Foundation
Check the foundation of any older home you’re considering buying. These homes have been sitting there for a long time and, if they haven’t been kept up with perfectly, there’s a good chance they’re going to have some foundational damage. Take a look at the frame of the home, too. While you may end up with a house that has a real, heavy wood frame, you may also have one that has too much space between the frame and walls, which can be a fire hazard.

Look for Hazardous Materials
Older homes may contain a variety of hazardous materials. Homes built before 1985 are at risk for having lead pipes, and homes built before 1978 may have lead paint on the walls. Homes built before 1980 may also contain asbestos in their insulation, roofs, fireplaces and walls if they haven’t been updated. Homes built before the 1970s may be prone to radon gas buildup and should be tested.

Plumbing and Electrical
Lead or steel pipes can be very dangerous and should be replaced before you move into an older home. Many homes have probably already had this taken care of, but not all of them. Have a home inspection to find out what type of pipes the property you’re considering has. Electrical wiring may be made of aluminum in older homes, this is a serious fire hazard.

Working Smoke Detectors
Always check for working smoke detectors in an older and newer house. Functioning carbon monoxide detectors are also necessary to have. If the house doesn’t have any in place, don’t buy it until they have been installed or you have tested for the presence of carbon monoxide in the home.

Older homes come are typically located in established neighborhoods, larger lots and are surrounded by mature landscape. If you truly like the charm of an older home, don’t let any of this stop you form purchasing what you real want. Your real estate agent will hire an experienced and thorough inspector who knows exactly what to look for.

When you are ready to buy a home, new or older, we can help you find a home that meets your needs and lifestyle. Call us today to get started! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477