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

$695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,079
SQFT
1729 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Harrison James Sub Subdivision
$530,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,122
SQFT
1935 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$505,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
5
BED
800 Lilac Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Powell Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$489,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,904
SQFT
1600 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Stewart Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$485,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,718
SQFT
1809 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$479,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,685
SQFT
1514 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Daniel J B Add Subdivision
$468,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,198
SQFT
1600 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$449,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,444
SQFT
1808 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
$449,500
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
$430,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,025
SQFT
1830 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,820
SQFT
2223 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Willing Park Place Sub Subdivision
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,612
SQFT
1319 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Johnson Sub Subdivision
$394,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,930
SQFT
2101 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Lawn Place Add Subdivision
$375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,174
SQFT
2012 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$360,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,498
SQFT
1515 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Daniel J B Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,932
SQFT
2001 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$344,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,816
SQFT
1322 5th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
FAIRMOUNT-King Sub Subdivision
$335,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,442
SQFT
1220 W Arlington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Lawn Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$317,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,627
SQFT
1501 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Loyds Add Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$315,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,751
SQFT
1963 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
FAIRMOUNT ADDITION Subdivision

Ryan Place

$1,050,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
7,473
SQFT
1405 Elizabeth Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$879,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,336
SQFT
2512 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$390,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,898
SQFT
2913 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$340,000
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
$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
Price Change - 3 days ago
$305,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,515
SQFT
2909 Ryan Place Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$265,000
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
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,553
SQFT
2945 Ryan Place Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

$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
$440,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Kick Out
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,798
SQFT
4410 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$429,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2021 Ashland Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$415,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,100
SQFT
3925 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
$414,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,577
SQFT
3704 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
$407,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,798
SQFT
1608 Frederick Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
$389,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,320
SQFT
5028 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights Subdivision
$389,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,409
SQFT
2021 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,652
SQFT
4029 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$349,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,988
SQFT
3701 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
$349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,499
SQFT
3809 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
$320,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,816
SQFT
4917 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$309,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
3912 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Factory Place Add Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$305,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,212
SQFT
4825 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
$300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,116
SQFT
1720 Belle Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,787
SQFT
4229 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
West Ft Worth Land Co Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
3912 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,295
SQFT
4527 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$285,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,402
SQFT
3725 Washburn Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
$284,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,260
SQFT
3604 Watonga Street
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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