Things to look out for when buying an older home

 

I always love when I have a client interested in an older neighborhood like Fairmount, Ryan Place or Arlington Heights (to name a few) – I know I’m in for a fun adventure! It’s no secret why people are drawn to these areas. You’re in walking distance to some of Fort Worth’s greatest restaurants, bars, coffee shops and retail, not to mention the character and beautiful detail found in the older homes that make up these neighborhoods.

But what exactly are you getting into when buying an older home? I reached out to my trusted inspectors and foundation experts to compile a list of a few things to look for or think about when considering this investment:

  • Heavy wood rot may be found on some of the wood trim and siding. Sometimes painters are really good at hiding the problem areas by using a bondo or sealer. Replacing the wood is the only sure repair; otherwise you run the risk of further deterioration.
  • It’s a good idea to add new windows, insulation and weather stripping to help with energy efficiency in older homes. However, this can cause the home to not “breathe,” or cycle through fresh air. Ensure that the appliances are vented properly and have fresh air supply vents to avoid potential carbon monoxide situations.
  • The most common concern I see with buyers is the foundation of these homes. It’s important to keep in mind that most homes in the area have had foundation work done or will need it at some point. It isn’t necessarily something to be afraid of, but there are a couple of things to look for when you walk through the home. Check doors to ensure they open and close as they should and also look for any curved cracks in the walls. If you see one or both it may be a good idea to have the foundation further evaluated by an expert.

Of course, it is highly recommended to have any home you are considering thoroughly inspected by a professional.. I hope these 3 tips will help you navigate through the initial process. Buying an older home in one these established neighborhoods can be a great investment and wonderful place to call home!

 

Contact Heather Teems at 817-929-9025, heather@leaguere.com.

Here’s an updated list of homes for sale in the Fairmount, Ryan Place and Arlington Heights Neighborhoods Fort Worth.

 

Fairmount Fort Worth

Open House 08/04 at 2PM
$795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,079
SQFT
1729 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Harrison James Sub Subdivision
$589,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
5
BED
800 Lilac Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Powell Sub Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
$588,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,434
SQFT
1950 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$560,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,122
SQFT
1935 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$555,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,577
SQFT
1638 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
BONDIES SUB OF BELLEVUE HILL Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$534,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,016
SQFT
1700 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$449,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,076
SQFT
805 W Baltimore Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Websters Rev Of Bellevue Hill Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$440,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,052
SQFT
1118 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Mcclellans Sub Subdivision
$419,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,577
SQFT
2212 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Carlocks South Side Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$399,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,760
SQFT
2205 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,932
SQFT
2001 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 days ago
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,174
SQFT
2012 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
$394,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,391
SQFT
2224 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$389,999
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,192
SQFT
1212 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Mc Clellans Sub Subdivision
Open House 09/29 at 12PM
$374,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,824
SQFT
2216 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$339,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,243
SQFT
1455 W Magnolia Avenue #303
Fort Worth, TX 76104
MC ANULTY & NYE SUBDIVISION Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,594
SQFT
1916 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,862
SQFT
2105 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$320,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,479
SQFT
2201 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$319,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,517
SQFT
1602 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Stewart Add Subdivision

Ryan Place

New Listing - 3 weeks online
$985,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,336
SQFT
2512 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
4,516
SQFT
1112 Elizabeth Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,898
SQFT
2913 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$445,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,676
SQFT
2808 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$422,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,680
SQFT
2824 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$379,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,280
SQFT
3041 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$329,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,600
SQFT
3032 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$305,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,714
SQFT
2920 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$289,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,100
SQFT
2613 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$279,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,600
SQFT
2917 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$260,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,331
SQFT
2816 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,332
SQFT
3004 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$243,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,475
SQFT
2938 8th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$198,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.172
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1500 W Berry Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$165,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,776
SQFT
2720 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$165,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,855
SQFT
2732 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

$650,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Option Contract
6
BED
4736-38 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
$649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
3708 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
$600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,002
SQFT
1813 Tremont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$469,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,386
SQFT
5016 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Price Change - 3 days ago
$440,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,798
SQFT
4410 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$439,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,047
SQFT
1841 Hillcrest Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$430,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,043
SQFT
2321 Ashland Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 days ago
$429,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2021 Ashland Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$410,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,320
SQFT
5028 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Subdivision
$410,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,704
SQFT
4927 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$400,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,931
SQFT
4615 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Add Subdivision
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,364
SQFT
3712 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,880
SQFT
2112 Western Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,499
SQFT
3809 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
$389,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,854
SQFT
4508 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 4th Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$385,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
4932 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,811
SQFT
4516 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 4th Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$369,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,188
SQFT
3909 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Addition Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$353,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,542
SQFT
1815 Hillcrest Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,586
SQFT
5051 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Meadowmere Add Subdivision

 

 

Heather Teems

About Heather Teems

Heather Teems is a licensed REALTOR® serving the Fort Worth, Texas area. Learn More about Heather Teems

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