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Built in 1914, Marietta, GA

Older Homes: Charm and Challenges - What to Consider Before Buying

Buying a home built before 1978 can be a great opportunity to own a piece of history and a unique property. However, it's important to consider some key factors before making a purchase. Here are 10 items to look for when purchasing an older home:


  1. Inspect galvanized pipes: Homes built before 1978 may have galvanized pipes that can corrode and cause low water pressure. Consider having a plumber inspect the pipes and replace them if necessary.

  2. Check the foundation: Older homes may have foundation issues due to settling or shifting. Look for cracks in the foundation and have a professional inspect it if you have concerns.

  3. Evaluate energy efficiency: Older homes may not be as energy-efficient as newer homes. Consider upgrading insulation, windows, and HVAC systems to improve energy efficiency.

  4. Check for hazardous materials: Homes built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint and asbestos. Have a professional inspect the home for hazardous materials before making a purchase.

  5. Look for signs of water damage: Older homes may have leaks or water damage that can lead to mold and other issues. Look for water stains on walls and ceilings and have a professional inspect the home for water damage.

  6. Inspect the roof: Older roofs may need to be replaced or repaired. Look for signs of damage or wear and have a professional inspect the roof if you have concerns.

  7. Check the electrical system: Older homes may have outdated electrical systems that can be a safety hazard. Have a professional inspect the electrical system and consider upgrading if necessary.

  8. Look for signs of pests: Older homes may be more susceptible to pests such as termites and rodents. Look for signs of pest damage and have a professional inspect the home for pests.

  9. Consider the layout: Older homes may have a different layout than newer homes. Consider whether the layout will work for your needs and lifestyle.

  10. Evaluate any remodeling or flipping: If the home has been remodeled or flipped, consider whether the work was done properly and with the necessary permits.

When purchasing an older home, it's important to work with a REALTOR who is experienced with older homes. I have extensive experience with older homes and can help you navigate the process of inspection, repair and remodel. Don't let the age of a home scare you away from a great opportunity to own a unique property with character and history.

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