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What are some good questions to ask when buying an older home?

Asked by Trulia Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL Mon Apr 1, 2013

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Trulia Fort Lauderdale,

It looks like you got some great responses to your question. Do you think any of them warrant a Best Answer designation?

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Chad Gray PA, Realtor
Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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The roof is probably the most expensive item AND if a roof inspector doesn't give it 3-5 years of useful life remaining, then you can't get insurance.
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How much my insurance is going to be ? :)
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Trulia Fort Lauderdale,

It's a pleasure helping you to better understand home buying and selling.

Here's a great article from US News & World Reports about buying an older home: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2011/04/14/5-qu…

Please provide an update on your home buying!


Chad Gray PA, Realtor
Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
754-300-6040

100% of clients rated our service as "EXCELLENT"!
http://luxurylivingfortlauderdale.com/what-clients-are-saying/

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If you're buying a home in Fort Lauderdale, or anywhere else that is a resale, you may want to ask the sellers if they are the original owners. If they are, they will have a good idea of the shape of the house and any repairs that have or have not been done.

Also, you will be given a seller's disclosure if you go to contract on the house. This will give you some idea of whether or not repairs have or have not been done to the roof and the plumbing.

It is a good idea to ask about the age of the roof, because that may affect your insurance.

Also, ask what kind of piping feeds into the house (is it copper or polybutylene?) Copper is insurable; polybutylene, which was used in many homes built in the late 80s and into the mid 90s, may cause insurance headaches.

You will want to know the age of the hot water heater, the a/c condenser and air handler, and the age of the appliances.

If you own pets, ask if there any pet restrictions in the neighborhood. If you own a pick-up truck or boat, find out if there are HOA regulations about keeping them in your driveway.

Ask the age, brand, and capacity of the fuse box. Again, there may be insurance issues, so you need to know this before purchasing.

Last, but far from least, check to see if there are any ongoing or pending assessments in the neighboorhood.

Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions
JablonTeam@gmail.com
561-213-6139
http://www.JablonTeam.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Here's a few:

1. How old is the roof
2. How old is the Heating/AC unit
3. What additions have been made to the property
4. Are there any open permits
5. If there is a basement, are there any water issues
6. How old is the water heater
7. How old are the appliances
8. Has any electrical work been done
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