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Angela Chong, Other/Just Looking in 75201

What should I look out for when purchasing a pre-war home? est 1938.

Asked by Angela Chong, 75201 Thu Feb 9, 2012

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I agree with the information given by Certified Structure Inspector, Home Inspector, Reno, NV .

Be sure you have a home inspector that covers all the items mentioned by Certified Stucture Inspector.
You probably will have to get more thorough, detailed, inspections done by licensed electricians, hvac people and plumbers, and in Dallas, probably a structural engineer.
Make sure the roof, beams, and its stucture is also checked thoroughly.

Love older homes. Which neighborhood are you studying?
Rosalyn Traylor
RE/MAX Premier Group
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 18, 2012
Angela, when purchasing an old home they are usually better built than today's homes. Make sure you reserve the right to do all inspections necessary: Home, wood destroying, mold, lead-base paint, septic and well if applicable. Best for you to be safe than sorry later due to unexpected repairs that may come up within a years time.

These homes have charm and character not found in today's newer construction. If there are additional Dallas TX, inspections or requirements, make sure you verify everything with only reputable/qualified professionals.

Best of luck to you,

1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 9, 2012
The construction in older homes is different that today. The vintage plumbing and wiring can be a concern especially if it has not been maintained or has had alterations over the years. The heating systems can often be inefficient. These homes were built with materials like lead paint and asbestos. These are usually not and issued unless you disturb them so be careful when it comes to renovations. If your going FHA on the loan look into an Energy Efficient Mortgage option. It will allow financing energy improvements from the beginning. The extra you pay every month on the loan will be offset in utility savings.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 16, 2012
Angela ,obviously a better built home in most cases. However, EVERY property should have a full detailed property inspection, including, Mold, termite, radon what ever your concerns are. Too late after you purchase the home. As is in everything in life the older it gets requires on-going maintenance and repairs if necessary. Sometimes this is missed or just not done.

So make sure you protect yourself and cover all your bases.

Best of Luck to you,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012
Those homes have great architecture features and characteristics that you can enjoy through the years. I have a architecture background and I truly appreciate the style of those times. Do your inspections, take your time to decide on the pruchase.

Pelin Guzel
DHL Realty Group
Dallas, TX
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012
Complete and very thorough inspection including termites.
You might also want to wait until a little later in the Spring to check the landscaping and trees.
If there are a lot of trees and this is of value to you, you might want a certified arborist also take a look.
I think it also depends on where you buy.
If it is in a designated historical district, you would also want to have a long chat with the preservation commission.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 8, 2012
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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