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

$545,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
1633 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Bondies George B Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$485,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,712
SQFT
1805 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$474,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,225
SQFT
1604 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Stewart Add Subdivision
Open House Sat, Nov 28, 12 PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$425,000
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 - 2 weeks online
$420,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,750
SQFT
1319 S Lake Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision
$415,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,244
SQFT
1212 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Magnolia Green Subdivision
$399,975
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,208
SQFT
1401 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$399,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
1214 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Mc Clellans Sub Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,898
SQFT
1959 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
$392,980
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,604
SQFT
1322 Lipscomb Street #102
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Martin & Moodie Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,711
SQFT
2225 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Carlocks South Side Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$370,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,331
SQFT
1409 S Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Swastica Place 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
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
1316 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Brooks & Bailey Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$349,615
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,427
SQFT
1322 Lipscomb Street #302
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Martin & Moodie Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
1932 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Subdivision
$270,000
Land For Sale
Active Option Contract
0.14
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
801 W Morphy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Martin & Moodie Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$260,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,452
SQFT
2015 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$220,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
0.27
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
2000 Hemphill Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
$209,745
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
711
SQFT
1322 Lipscomb Street #202
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Martin & Moodie Subdivision

Ryan Place

$648,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,083
SQFT
2916 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$624,000
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
$575,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,867
SQFT
2501 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$520,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,843
SQFT
2725 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$389,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,722
SQFT
3028 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$359,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,147
SQFT
2732 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$349,000
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
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,570
SQFT
2939 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$319,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,463
SQFT
2314 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
$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
$300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,412
SQFT
2905 Ryan Place
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$279,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,452
SQFT
2937 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$279,750
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,372
SQFT
2836 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,307
SQFT
3008 8th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
905
SQFT
2713 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$222,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,016
SQFT
2600 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$180,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
892
SQFT
2728 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Addition Subdivision

Arlington Heights

$700,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
3700 Washburn Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
$547,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,542
SQFT
1400 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
$539,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,983
SQFT
4610 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Hts 1st Subdivision
$499,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,674
SQFT
4326 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
$485,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,530
SQFT
3716 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$464,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,005
SQFT
1713 Belle Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,107
SQFT
2308 Tremont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$449,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,856
SQFT
1620 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
4900 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
$399,999
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
4634 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,368
SQFT
2208 Carleton Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$380,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
3737 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 19 hours online
$379,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,430
SQFT
2316 Tremont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Addition Subdivision
$375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,906
SQFT
5074 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Meadowmere Add Subdivision
$365,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,320
SQFT
5026 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Subdivision
$349,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,409
SQFT
2021 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
$329,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,966
SQFT
4616 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,338
SQFT
3709 Collinwood Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
Open House Sun, Nov 29, 1 PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,525
SQFT
3725 Harley Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
QUEENSBOROUGH HEIGHTS ADDN Subdivision
$319,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,547
SQFT
4601 Birchman 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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