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Sam, Home Buyer in 94583

Buying an older house

Asked by Sam, 94583 Fri May 18, 2012

I am looking at buying older house. But i heard that that old houses usually have settlement or foundation problem. Is this true for most old houses?

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Foundation issues exist in homes of all ages, including sometimes brand new developments. Lots of older homes are still in great shape because of the build quality.

Settlement issues in an old home will already be known or visible, and therefore you'll have an opportunity to see it before you buy. Get a thorough inspection of the home in question.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 19, 2012
One of the nice things about an older house (1960's ish) is that if there are problems with the foundation, more than likely the problem has already presented itself. It will take some time for a home to settle in to the ground. If a home has been there over 40 years there is a good chance the next 40 years will be just fine. Obviously maintaining a home of an older age is important and getting an inspection if there looks like a problem is very important and a wise thing to do. Certain areas of town can be more likely to have problems like foundation movement, termites, smells, noise and traffic. Getting connected with a local Realtor is very important for issues that only time in a community can show. We have been here for over 30 years a selling real estate for 4 generations. If you have questions, please let us know.

Moxley Team
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 19, 2012
There is no simple answer on this.....Lot of times, older homes are better built than new ones. You need to review inspections if available and if not, obtain all necessary inspections to better understand condition of the home you are intending to buy. Partner with a good local Realtor and RELY ON THEIR ADVICE...you will have it much easier than try to research it all on your own.

Happy Home Hunting!

Steve Mohseni
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2012
Depends on where it's located, as there are different soil types. In addition, if plants or other vegetation were planted and watered near the foundation, this could also cause issue with the foundation.

As a result, not every older home will have these issues.

I hope this helps,


Rocky G.H. Hawrysz
Prudential California Realty
(209) 444-6610 - Office
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2012
thanks rocky
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