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

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,352
SQFT
1321 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Johnson Sub Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$579,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
2,543
SQFT
1729 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Harrison James Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$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 - 2 weeks online
$509,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Kick Out
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,368
SQFT
1603 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Daniel J B Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$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
Price Change - 3 days ago
$469,000
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
$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
Price Change - 6 days ago
$435,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,097
SQFT
1111 W Arlington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Lawn Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$419,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,244
SQFT
1200 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Magnolia Green Subdivision
$400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,025
SQFT
1830 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,415
SQFT
1404 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$392,980
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,604
SQFT
1322 Lipscomb #102
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Martin & Moodie Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$380,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,628
SQFT
2224 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add 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
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$349,615
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,427
SQFT
1322 Lipscomb #302
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Martin & Moodie Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$322,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Contingent
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,710
SQFT
1812 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$309,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Contingent
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,262
SQFT
1954 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
BELLEVUE HILL ADDITION Subdivision
$238,500
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
822
SQFT
1322 Lipscomb #204
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Martin & Moodie Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$224,500
Commercial For Sale
Active
0.27
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
2000 Hemphill Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$211,515
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
717
SQFT
1322 Lipscomb Street #201
Fort Worth, TX 76104
MARTIN & MOODIE Subdivision

Ryan Place

$659,000
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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$649,000
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
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$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
New Listing - a week online
$535,000
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
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$510,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,460
SQFT
2417 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$375,000
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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$359,000
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 - 6 days online
$330,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,361
SQFT
2845 Willing 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
$309,900
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
$305,000
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
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,273
SQFT
2512 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
PAGE, R M ADDITIO Subdivision
Price Change - 20 hours ago
$283,000
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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$235,000
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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$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
New Listing - a week online
$205,000
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

$669,000
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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$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
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$517,500
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
New Listing - 7 days online
$499,900
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
$469,000
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 - 3 weeks online
$450,000
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
$445,000
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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$434,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,349
SQFT
1900 Tremont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$429,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,846
SQFT
1809 Thomas Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 9 hours online
$410,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,736
SQFT
4537 Collinwood 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
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,906
SQFT
5074 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Meadowmere Add Subdivision
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$385,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
3737 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$359,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,849
SQFT
3825 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,812
SQFT
4337 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 4th 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
$339,900
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 - 4 weeks ago
$339,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,632
SQFT
4629 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$334,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,628
SQFT
4609 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$330,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,737
SQFT
5086 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Meadowmere Add Subdivision

 

 

Heather Teems

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