10 December 2016

Ask Me Anything: 5 Answers to Your Questions About Old Houses

If you are looking for your dream house and have your mind set on buying an old house, it’s time to get a reality check before your sign for the first romantic Edwardian manor house on display at your local estate agency. When we think of old houses, we think of charming properties that carry a long history of owners throughout the past centuries. You might even be hoping to walk on the same staircase than your ancestors. But before you decide to buy, check this list of the five most asked questions about old houses.

#1. Should I buy a house that has been empty for a while?--

Not without checking it thoroughly. When a house is empty for too long, it naturally finds other inhabitants that you might not be too pleased to discover on your first day in, such as bats in the attic, and cockroaches inside the walls, for example. Every empty house has a likelihood to be suffering from the presence of mold and pests. Thankfully, you will find detoxification services, such as www.dedetizacaofortaleza.com.br that can help you out.

#2. Does an old house mean old technology?--

Generally speaking, yes. Old houses are built using ancient plumbing, wiring, heating, and insulation systems. If you are lucky, the previous owner might have already updated the systems to more modern solutions. Otherwise, when buying an old house that is still using ancient methods, you need to add the cost of changing to more effective systems to the total price, but this will be a long-term investment as you can see here http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/11/21/14-winter-home-improvements-that-save-you-money  

#3. Can I do the inspection myself?--

No, and don’t even think of saving money by teaching yourself how to. Old houses will require as a rule of the thumb a minimum of two inspections to get everything covered: You will need at a minimum to call the services of a general inspector and a bug inspector. Ideally, to be on the safe side, you will need to call on two different inspectors for each specific service, as you want to make sure that nothing has been missed. Additionally, if the inspections reveal any structural problems, you should ask the advice of a specialist engineer to make sure that issues can be sorted out. The $300 to $700, http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/architects-and-engineers/hire-an-engineer/, you spend with your structural engineer will be money well spent.

#4. I don’t know what to look for--

If you are used to visiting modern buildings, old houses will be a dramatic change of configuration. They genuinely need to be looked at carefully, as you need to consider the potentiality of future issues occurring, and therefore future costs that the house will generate after purchase. Remember that most house sellers revert to simple tricks to encourage purchase, such as the smell of freshly baked cakes and brewed coffee as these give a homely feeling to the house. Don’t be fooled by the appearances and look thoroughly for where problems can hide. Check out here what to look for, http://www.livingthethriftylife.com/2015/12/things-to-look-out-for-in-older-property.html

#5. Are old houses haunted?--

Unless you believe in ghosts, old houses are not renowned for paranormal manifestations. They will, however, have a personality and a charm that you will not find in more modern buildings, as they have quite a history behind them.


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