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

$1,469,712
Land For Sale
Active
1.4
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
2260 Hemphill Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Powell Subdivision Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,079
SQFT
1729 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Harrison James Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$474,500
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 - 2 weeks online
$449,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,269
SQFT
1968 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$449,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,380
SQFT
1729 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
FAIRMOUNT ADDITION Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$420,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,280
SQFT
1825 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$415,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,167
SQFT
1212 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Mc Clellans Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$410,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,840
SQFT
1931 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$401,740
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,516
SQFT
1455 W Magnolia Avenue #201
Fort Worth, TX 76104
MC ANULTY & NYE SUBDIVISION Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$396,970
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,498
SQFT
1455 W Magnolia Avenue #205
Fort Worth, TX 76104
MC ANULTY & NYE SUBDIVISION Subdivision
Open House 04/28 at 2PM
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,812
SQFT
1415 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Mc Anulty & Nye Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$389,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,072
SQFT
1957 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Websters Rev Of Bellevue Hill Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$385,600
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,147
SQFT
1425 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$385,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Contingent
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,788
SQFT
1508 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Loyds Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,815
SQFT
1418 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Swastica Place Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$348,040
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
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$330,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,850
SQFT
2212 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,904
SQFT
1701 S Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Harrison James Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$315,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,456
SQFT
2013 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
721 W Powell Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Powell Sub Subdivision

Ryan Place

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,000
SQFT
1405 Elizabeth Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,386
SQFT
2725 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$649,000
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
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,118
SQFT
2620 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,668
SQFT
2749 Ryan Place Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$339,999
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 - 2 weeks online
$339,000
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
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$315,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,663
SQFT
2933 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$309,000
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
$279,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,572
SQFT
2921 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$659,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
3708 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$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
New Listing - a week online
$574,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,805
SQFT
4233 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$510,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,387
SQFT
4606 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,898
SQFT
4624 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,384
SQFT
3859 Crestline Road
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
Open House 04/28 at 2PM
$490,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,386
SQFT
5016 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$470,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,616
SQFT
3639 Crestline Road
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,345
SQFT
1824 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$435,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,318
SQFT
4209 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$434,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,607
SQFT
1906 Tremont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$433,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,207
SQFT
2110 Tremont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$425,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,900
SQFT
3626 Tulsa Way
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$424,638
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,935
SQFT
3711 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$415,000
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
$415,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,669
SQFT
4224 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
West Ft Worth Land Co Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$415,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,790
SQFT
3721 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$409,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,141
SQFT
3908 Bryce Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$405,000
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 - 2 weeks online
$399,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,393
SQFT
4528 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st 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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