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

$1,500,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
0.11
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1301 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Mc Anulty & Nye Sub Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$520,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,541
SQFT
1821 S Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Harrison James Sub Subdivision
$520,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,683
SQFT
1405 S Lake Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$514,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,158
SQFT
1028 W Arlington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Lawn Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$510,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Option Contract
8
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
1619 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Bellevue Hill Addition Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$507,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,479
SQFT
1724 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$498,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,539
SQFT
1811 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,284
SQFT
818 W Richmond Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,234
SQFT
1620 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$474,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,973
SQFT
1459 W Myrtle Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Loyds Add Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,343
SQFT
12 Chase Court
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Chase Place Subdivision

Ryan Place

Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$419,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,711
SQFT
2724 Ryan Place Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$412,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,656
SQFT
2805 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
South Hemphill Heights Add Subdivision
$299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,218
SQFT
1008 W Cantey Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
South Hemphill Heights Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,040
SQFT
2944 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

New Listing - 4 weeks online
$539,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,446
SQFT
3626 Harley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$539,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,947
SQFT
5030 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Hts 1st Subdivision
$474,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,909
SQFT
4821 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$459,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Kick Out
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,028
SQFT
3938 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$455,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,730
SQFT
4604 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$430,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,659
SQFT
4000 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$419,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,150
SQFT
4700 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Open House Sun, Aug 1, 7 PM UTC
$417,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
4425 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
Open House Sun, Aug 1, 6 PM UTC
$415,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,472
SQFT
4829 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$399,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,370
SQFT
3712 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
Open House Sun, Aug 1, 7 PM UTC
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,754
SQFT
2017 Ashland Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Addition Subdivision
$398,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,824
SQFT
4312 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
West Ft Worth Land Co Subdivision
Open House Sun, Aug 1, 6 PM UTC
$392,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,683
SQFT
4009 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$365,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,875
SQFT
4715 Collinwood Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Sanguinet Apts Condo Subdivision
$359,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,047
SQFT
4307 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
West Ft Worth Land Co Subdivision
$352,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,422
SQFT
3805 Lafayette Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Addition Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$339,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,340
SQFT
1809 Virginia Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$335,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,160
SQFT
4104 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,162
SQFT
1808 Virginia Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
$275,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.13
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
3809 Washburn Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision

 

 

About Heather Teems

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