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
$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
$485,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,025
SQFT
1830 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$475,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.182
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1316 S Adams
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Ross D S Sub Subdivision
$469,500
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 - 7 days online
$464,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,236
SQFT
2108 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Lawn Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,541
SQFT
1317 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Brooks & Bailey Sub Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$442,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,577
SQFT
2212 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Carlocks South Side Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$430,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,294
SQFT
1646 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Bondies Sub Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,064
SQFT
1325 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Brooks & Bailey Sub Subdivision
Open House 06/23 at 2PM
$419,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,052
SQFT
1136 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
MCCLELLAN'S SUB Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$415,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,502
SQFT
1804 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$415,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,216
SQFT
1620 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
$399,900
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
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,380
SQFT
1729 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
FAIRMOUNT ADDITION Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$379,000
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 - 4 weeks online
$375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,664
SQFT
2000 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$370,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,860
SQFT
1903 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
$355,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,586
SQFT
1404 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
King Sub Subdivision

Ryan Place

$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
$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
$370,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,913
SQFT
2800 Ryan Place Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$349,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,777
SQFT
2805 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$334,000
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
Price Change - 4 days ago
$329,000
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
Open House 06/22 at 12PM
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,668
SQFT
2749 Ryan Place Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$300,000
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
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$294,000
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 - 3 weeks online
$279,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,348
SQFT
2909 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
$265,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Kick Out
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,356
SQFT
2732 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$210,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
964
SQFT
2717 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

Open House 06/23 at 1PM
$649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
3708 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
$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 - 3 weeks online
$514,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,070
SQFT
4109 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
$495,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,387
SQFT
4606 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Subdivision
$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
Price Change - 3 days ago
$469,000
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 - 4 days online
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,930
SQFT
2221 Carleton Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,798
SQFT
4410 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
Open House 06/23 at 12PM
$439,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
3837 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
Open House 06/23 at 1PM
$435,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,791
SQFT
3912 Bryce Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
$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
$425,000
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
$419,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
3824 Bryce Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$419,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Contingent
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,204
SQFT
2209 Ashland Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$417,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,854
SQFT
4508 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 4th Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks 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
$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
$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
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$399,550
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,797
SQFT
3807 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Subdivision
Price Change - 2 days ago
$399,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,827
SQFT
3634 Tulsa Way
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add 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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