Many people love the idea of buying an older home that has a rich history. Maybe you even have plans to restore one to its original glory. While older homes can be aesthetically pleasing, they often come with many underlying issues.
Keep reading to learn the four things you should consider before purchasing an older home.
Does It Use Well Water?
Check out the water situation before you sign on the dotted line. These days, most homes use water that comes from treated reservoirs or dams, but many older homes use well water. The downside to well water is that it can smell very strongly of sulfur and have a terrible taste. To some, the sulfur smell isn’t an issue, but if you are not used to it, the odor can be overpowering.
Make sure you look into the water system, and if well water isn’t something you can live with, an older house might not be right for you.
Is There a Bat Infestation?
There are many kinds of insect and rodent infestations, but a bat infestation may be one of the most tedious to deal with. Unlike termites or mice, bats are an endangered species, so you definitely cannot exterminate them. But the kicker is that you also can’t just catch them and let them go. There are only two times a year during which bats relocate, so you will have to wait for the appropriate time to get bat removal specialists into your home.
Does It Contain Lead or Asbestos?
Before we knew the dangers of lead, it was included in various materials in homes, such as pipes, paint and solder. However, studies have shown that exposure to lead can cause serious health problems, especially in children. The other thing that older homes may include is asbestos, which is a material often found in insulation and roofing. However, it poses severe health risks, such as increasing your chances of contracting lung cancer.
An inspection will tell you whether the home you’re interested in has lead or asbestos, and if it does, you may want to ask yourself whether you’re willing to take on the issues of an older home.
Are the Windows Shoddy?
Check out the efficiency of the home’s windows. A lot of older homes have the original windows, which will be less effective at keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Older windows can cost you money when it comes to your electricity bill. So before you buy an older home, look into the state of the windows and keep in mind that you may need to pay to replace them with more energy-efficient ones.
If you are interested in buying an older home or any kind of home and have questions about the buying process, feel free to give us a call anytime. We’re happy to help!