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

$499,400
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
800 Lilac Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Powell Sub Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$484,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,558
SQFT
1405 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Swastica Place Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$479,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,096
SQFT
1111 W Arlington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Lawn Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,208
SQFT
1401 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision
$439,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,076
SQFT
805 W Baltimore Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Websters Rev Of Bellevue Hill Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$425,060
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,604
SQFT
1322 Lipscomb #102
Fort Worth, TX 76133
Martin & Moodie Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$424,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,724
SQFT
1319 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Johnson Sub Subdivision
Open House 07/05 at 2PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$419,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,025
SQFT
1830 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$410,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,900
SQFT
2000 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
$399,500
Commercial For Sale
Active
0.12
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1203 7th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Seidells E F Sub Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,415
SQFT
1404 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision
$354,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,548
SQFT
1319 S Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Ross D S Sub Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$337,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,710
SQFT
1812 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Open House 07/05 at 1PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$334,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,144
SQFT
2012 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$324,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Contingent
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,580
SQFT
1425 S Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Swastica Place Subdivision
$320,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,040
SQFT
1401 S Lake Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$309,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,751
SQFT
1963 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Crenshaw Sub Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,196
SQFT
1910 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$277,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,540
SQFT
1115 W Arlington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Lawn Place Add Subdivision

Ryan Place

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$679,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,386
SQFT
2725 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,890
SQFT
2720 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$399,000
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
$380,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,332
SQFT
3004 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$368,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Kick Out
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,853
SQFT
2317 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$339,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,560
SQFT
2701 Ryan Place Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$334,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,552
SQFT
2921 8th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,218
SQFT
1008 W Cantey Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
South Hemphill Heights Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$320,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,662
SQFT
3032 James Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 18 hours online
$305,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,688
SQFT
2920 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$285,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,360
SQFT
2621 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$269,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,402
SQFT
2516 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,314
SQFT
2834 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$115,000
Land For Sale
Active Contingent
0.17
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1500 W Berry Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

$575,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,353
SQFT
4610 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Hts 1st Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,150
SQFT
3612 Lafayette Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$549,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,126
SQFT
4625 Collinwood Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$534,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,608
SQFT
4020 Bryce Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$509,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,211
SQFT
4937 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$474,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,950
SQFT
4520 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,796
SQFT
3863 Crestline Road
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
$445,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,028
SQFT
3938 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,659
SQFT
4000 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$414,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,900
SQFT
3837 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
3737 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
$389,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,320
SQFT
5028 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$387,000
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 - 2 days ago
$375,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,188
SQFT
3909 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Addition Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$375,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,320
SQFT
5026 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$365,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,186
SQFT
4024 Collinwood Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$365,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,849
SQFT
3825 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$365,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,073
SQFT
5024 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$359,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,409
SQFT
2021 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$355,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,839
SQFT
4221 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
West Ft Worth Land Co 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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