I think it's all about personal preference. Some people like older homes for the "charm" and the neighborhood. These people understand that older homes may require more maintenance and upkeep, but would rather have a unique home in an older, established neighborhood.
Others don't want to do any work, and want a newer home, even though it may be in a newer "cookie cutter" type neighborhood.... more
There are many things that the City of Belleville will be looking for. You may call the city and have them mail you a copy of what they look for.
1) no peeling paint
2) windows must operate and stay open on their own
3) smoke detectors in every bedroom
4) carbon mononide detector within 15 feet of bedrooms
5) Ground Fault Curcuit Interupters (GFCI outlets in bathrooms, above kitchen countertops, outside receptacles, and inside the garage
6) no wire splicing or open electric junction boxes
7) no over fusing inside a fuse box - if curcuit breakers no "knockouts" open, no double lugging inside panel
8) no electric wires exposed (need to be in conduit)
9) door between garage and inside the home must be a firerated door
10) if attached garage the wall that adjoins the home needs to be firerated drywall and if living space above the garage then ceiling must have firerated drywall
11) 3" numbers on the house for 911 purposes
12) if gas furnace and water heater no copper for gas (hard pipe or the new "yellow" flex gas line
13) properly installed "sediment tube or dirt leg" for gas appliances (furnace,water heater)
14) no leaks under faucets
15) toilets must flush and have the "fluidmaster" brand (and not keep running after flushing)
16) no cracked or broken windows
17) need a smoke decector on every level of the home (including basement)
18) No keys needed to unlock an exterior door to get out of the home (in case of fire)
19) garbage disposal needs to have wire in conduit and not exposed under sink
Thats most of them!
Cracked walls? I'm not really sure, but I would try to have walls repaired depending how bad the cracks are, because you cannot have peeling paint, so if peeling then repaint those walls after correcting the cracks.
Paul Walker, Broker Associate
Realty Executives of Metro East