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

Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$515,000
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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$479,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,160
SQFT
1810 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$455,000
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
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,068
SQFT
1901 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$416,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,921
SQFT
2244 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Carlocks South Side Add Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$410,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,520
SQFT
1405 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Johnson Sub Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$408,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,006
SQFT
1717 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision

Ryan Place

New Listing - 6 days online
$678,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,818
SQFT
2601 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Smith B O Add Subdivision
$447,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,820
SQFT
3028 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$399,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,020
SQFT
2748 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$390,000
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
New Listing - a week online
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,003
SQFT
2704 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place 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
Price Change - a week ago
$280,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,587
SQFT
2609 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Smith B O Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$265,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,589
SQFT
2933 James Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$264,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,428
SQFT
2726 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
South Hemphill Heights Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

$650,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,544
SQFT
1821 Hillcrest Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$549,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,025
SQFT
4001 Dexter Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
$515,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,947
SQFT
5030 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Hts 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$499,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,420
SQFT
3636 Harley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
$475,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
4708 Collinwood Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$468,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,798
SQFT
4033 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
$435,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Contingent
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,611
SQFT
4705 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$413,000
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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$405,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,456
SQFT
1621 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$365,000
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
$356,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Contingent
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,047
SQFT
4307 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
West Ft Worth Land Co Subdivision
$349,000
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 - a week online
$319,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,222
SQFT
5100 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hammond F M Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$315,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,363
SQFT
4736 Collinwood Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Collinwood Twnhms Ii Condos Subdivision
$275,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.13
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
3809 Washburn Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,090
SQFT
4921 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Hts 1st Subdivision

 

 

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