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 - 5 days online
$494,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,525
SQFT
804 W Baltimore Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
$475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,300
SQFT
1968 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Open House Sun, Mar 21, 1 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2200 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$419,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,076
SQFT
805 W Baltimore Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Websters Rev of Bellevue Hill Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
1604 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 19 hours ago
$379,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,297
SQFT
2244 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,464
SQFT
2201 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Open House Sat, Mar 6, 1 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,784
SQFT
1911 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$325,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1415 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Johnson Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$274,900
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2218 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Fairmount Add Subdivision
$250,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.16
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1408 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Armstrong'S, Geo W Sub Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$219,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
0.27
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
2000 Hemphill Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision

Ryan Place

Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$644,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,083
SQFT
2916 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$635,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,816
SQFT
2340 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Page R M Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,827
SQFT
2725 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$389,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,553
SQFT
2945 Ryan Place Drive
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
New Listing - a week online
$244,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,128
SQFT
2904 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
Open House Sat, Mar 6, 2 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$219,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
951
SQFT
2916 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$204,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
732
SQFT
3005 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$150,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.17
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1500 W Berry Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan South John C Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

$750,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4801 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
$674,900
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4738 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$575,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,542
SQFT
1400 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
$539,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,983
SQFT
4610 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Hts 1st Subdivision
$529,400
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,066
SQFT
4625 Collinwood Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
Open House Sat, Mar 6, 10 AM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,125
SQFT
1813 Ashland Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$494,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,674
SQFT
4326 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
$479,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,530
SQFT
3716 El Campo Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
Open House Sun, Mar 14, 2 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$459,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,224
SQFT
4532 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$439,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2021 Ashland Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$434,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,856
SQFT
1620 Clover Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
4900 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,364
SQFT
2120 Western Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$388,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,960
SQFT
4801 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
$385,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,736
SQFT
2005 Tremont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$380,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,960
SQFT
4803 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
$375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,906
SQFT
5074 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Meadowmere Add Subdivision
$349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,490
SQFT
4128 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Ad Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
$349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,368
SQFT
2208 Carleton Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$340,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,940
SQFT
4730 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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