we are buying a 95 year old home built in 1915 and we are getting a inspection what should we really look for in that inspection whats the most import

Asked by Tnplummer, South Carolina Thu Mar 10, 2011

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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Fri Mar 11, 2011
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Sherri Melton, Agent, Augusta, GA
Sun Feb 10, 2013
Focus on Lead Paint inspections is a must!
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Rudi Hofmann, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, El Segundo, CA
Fri Mar 11, 2011
You may find this link of interest: http://www.creia.org/Home-Buyers-/-Sellers/inspection-faqs.html

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Marcy Moyer, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Fri Mar 11, 2011
If you are buying in Palo Alto then as the other realtors said, the foundation is probably the area that is most important and most important to need expensive repairs or upgrades. Other issues which are less expensive to fix would be termite damage, chimney re-inforcement, roof, plumbing and electrical. If you are buying in South Carolina which I guess is possible since that is where you are from as per your posting, then I have no idea and think you should ask a local realtor.
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Linda Urbick, Agent, Blackhawk, SD
Fri Mar 11, 2011
Just like everyone else has recommended -everything--and in addition to the general home inspector, the individual specialties - licensed electrician, plumbers, HVACs, chimney, foundation etc. Inspections are there to inform the buyer of the condition of the house and then for the buyer to determine what is acceptable. All houses need repair from time to time - the key is to be aware.
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David Tapper, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Thu Mar 10, 2011
The most important thing to look at is the foundation. Don't get me wrong, you need a home inspection along with a pest inspection, but for homes that are almost 100 years old, the foundation is most important.

There is a good chance the foundation may need to be reinforced because being 100 years old, it's probably starting to crumble in some areas. NOTE: This is not what you are getting the home inspection for, you need to make sure your agent gets a well known local foundation expert to inspect it for you.

A couple of years ago, my buyer for a home in San Mateo Park had their own inspection and the foundation wasn't reinforced and was crumbling, the bid for $180,000. They received another bid later that was still over $100K.

Just be careful and follow your intiution.


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Eric H. Wong , Agent, Albany, CA
Thu Mar 10, 2011
Most of the housing stock in my area was built between 1906 and 1925, so I am well versed in buildings of this age.
You should pay attention to the foundation. If it has not been upgraded, it is most likely an unreinforced, shallow foundation. This is not the end of the world. You want to make sure the concrete is in good shape, and has no major cracks, and you want to make sure the foundation has not rotated.
Look at the electrical. How much power is coming into the house? Is there still knob and tube wiring? This is not necessarily dangerous as long as it is not carrying too big a load.
Do a sewer lateral. Make sure the connection from the house to the street is not a terra cotta pipe. If it is, find out how much it will cost to replace it.
Check the heating. This has most likely been updated from the original, but the house is old enough that the update may need an update.

All these things, and much more will be caught by a good general home inspector. It is money weel spent.

Good Luck, and remember, an old home has great bones and lots of soul.
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Thu Mar 10, 2011
In a house that age, just about everything - roof, plumbing, electrical, foundation, general structure, heating/air conditioning, installed applicances that convey, etc.. You may want to consider getting several different inspectors that specialize in specific areas. Earlier this week I had a buyer show up with 5 inspectors for the initial inspection (swimming pool, roof, electrical, plumbing, general). You may also want radon readings taken, since many homes built in that period weren't vented for that. If you or your inspector detect any hints of mold, you may want a mold inspector to provide a report, also.
Best of luck!
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Thu Mar 10, 2011
Check with your agent. Termite, foundation (perhaps), roof, chimney, electrical, & plumbing, You will want to really check out the electrical and plumbing. Possibly a sewer lateral.
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