Still, there are some hard realities associated with owning an older home, including dealing with water damage and wood rot, creaky floors and leaky basements. Often, older buildings were constructed before building codes and regulations, so a quick fix may turn out to be not so quick after all.
If you are in the market for an older home, there are a few things you should look out for as you make your way through. A good home inspector, particularly one who specializes in older properties, can help you narrow your choices. And whether you are contemplating Richardson Romanesque or midcentury modern, here are some basics to keep in mind, no matter how much you are charmed by the home’s other virtues.
Of course, all of the above can be fixed, even for those with limited budgets. In the end, the challenges of owning an older home are all about the person, and the family, willing to take them on.
“It’s a special type of person with a special kind of mindset that buys an old house,” Ms. Holt said. “You’re not there to impose, you really are the steward of the past.”
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