There were a house built in 1920, is it a safety house anymore? Can anyone tell?

Asked by Dodo, Staten Island, NY Sat Aug 29, 2009

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Arthur.s, , Brooklyn, NY
Fri Jan 25, 2013
Great of you to ask, personally I would hire a certified home inspector. However, keep in mind that the older homes are generally more headaches! There is just so much that can go wrong, make sure you and your home inspector pay extra attention to mold, cracks in the walls, foundation, building type, what materials were used to build the home, roofing, electrical work, paint (can be very dangerous), plumbing, odor's (yes, a smell of a home can give you lots of clues), and what type of heating is used!

You might even want to read up on the history of the area. Think about it, 1920, that's almost 100 years old! Think about how much can happen to an area in 100 years, NY has suffered earth quakes, hurricanes, floods, and so much more! Natural disasters can flood the house and cause serious damage or even shift the entire foundation!
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Joseph Runfo…, Agent, Staten Island, NY
Wed Sep 16, 2009
Yes Dodo, a New York State Licensed Home Inspector will be able to answer your questions with a detailed report following a complete inspection of the home.
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Ralph Windsc…, Agent, Hauppauge, NY
Sun Aug 30, 2009
Just because a home is older, does not mean that it is necessarily unsafe. With any purchase, it would be a good idea to have a home inspection by a licensed home inspector. Good luck with your purchase.

Ralph Windschuh
Century 21 Princeton Properties
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Claudette Mi…, , Ashland, MA
Sat Aug 29, 2009
The way to tell if the house is safe is to have it inspected by a certified home inspector. The inspector should check out everything structural about the house, including the roof, plumbing, basement, heating system and electrical work. You should also have a radon inspection. If the home has private water or septic these should be tested and certified.
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