What To Know Before Buying an Old Home

One of the most exciting parts of buying a new house is planning the layout, figuring out where all of your furniture will go, and dreaming about what it will be like once you’re settled in. While Dayton has seen rapid growth and new development, we are also home to many historic neighborhoods.

Historic homes can be unique and charming, but there are a few things you should know when you’re getting ready to buy an older home:

Do Your Homework

There are laws in place that require realtors to share important details about the home and the neighborhood with you before you buy a house – but it can still be easy to hide the history of a house! There could be issues lurking in the walls and floors that may not be obvious on your first, second, or third walkthrough – and they may be costly to fix.

You’re not likely to discover structural, electrical, or plumbing issues upfront. The Dayton real estate agents at REMAX VICTORY recommend that you request a permit history for the property, which will give you a detailed history on when light fixtures, carpeting, and roofing were updated.

Hardwood with History

We’ve all seen HGTV shows where the renovation team peels back carpet or linoleum to uncover beautiful hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are one of the best things about old homes, and they certainly add character and charm – but it’s important to look for any serious wear and tear that may have impacted the structure and safety of the house.

While many homeowners can get caught up in cosmetic fixes, things like sanding, re-staining, or polishing worn floorboards are pretty simple. Keep an eye out for structural issues, like weakened dips in the boards or holes that make it easy for pests to get inside. We recommend enlisting the help of an an inspector to check slants and slopes in the floors.

Groundskeeping Challenges

When you buy an older home, you’re also taking on the challenge of the property your home sites on. Features like a big yard, old trees, and gardens might seem like a perk, but homeowners often forget the upkeep that it takes to keep it in top shape.

Older homes often require more time and energy in lawn care. Old trees are more difficult to remove, have widespread roots, and drop more leaves. Without constant attention, older lawns can be taken over by weeds and pests. This doesn’t mean you have to bite off more than you can chew – it just means you might need some help keeping your yard tidy and your backyard lush.

Trust the Professionals…

Don’t let the challenges of investing in an older home blind you from the potential! With a little planning and a support network of professionals who are experts in the area, you can have your dream home and live in it, too!

If you’re considering an old house in Dayton, Ohio, keep these essentials in mind. And when you’re ready, trust the experts at Ziehler Lawn and Tree Care to help make your new yard as beautiful as the old house you fell in love with!

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