Older homes have been a major hit in the real estate market in recent years. With a low housing inventory and fixer-upper shows on HGTV, many home buyers are choosing to buy and renovate old houses.
This might sound like a great idea to customize your entire home. But there’s more to old houses than window trim and character. Here are four things nobody tells you about buying older homes:
Old homes don’t always fit new appliances
Older homes were built when appliances were smaller. Your flat screen TV might not fit on the wall and your fridge might not even fit through the kitchen door. That said, you might want to do some measuring of the doorways and rooms before you fully commit to an older house.
You’ll want more than one inspection
For newly built homes, a single inspection might be enough to persuade you to take out a mortgage. But for older homes, you’ll want to have more than one inspector come through the house. This is because, unlike newer homes, if an inspector misses a problem it could cost you thousands of dollars later down the line. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
You’ll need to talk to a lot of professionals
When you decide to move into an older home, you’ll need to talk to many contractors, foundation experts, inspectors, and engineers. This is because older homes also come with older technology and building materials. Your electrical will probably need to be replaced along with your roof, windows, plumbing, heating, and more.
Old homes can have character that isn’t always charming
Many homeowners love a fireplace. But would you love a fireplace in every room of your house, including the bathroom? Older homes come with character, but they also come with quirks that can be awkward to design around.
Where can I find newly built homes in Fort Worth?
The housing market has grown by 11.4% over the last 10 years. If you’re looking for newly built homes in Fort Worth, Dallas, or Houston, now is the time to buy.
Camden Homes offers new construction homes with in-house financing so you can feel secure buying the home of your dreams. To learn more or to visit our model homes, contact the new home builders at Camden Homes today.