Buying an older home comes with a lot of pros: unique design, character, benefits of established community. But with age, comes its own set of fix-ups to keep in mind as well. If you're looking to buy a home older than a 1970 build, here's some common maintenance items to be aware of:
Moisture/Ground Issues: over time, homes can level onto moist ground. If you haven't had the home inspected for this, you'll want to. Having an inspection will save you on costly repairs in the future.
Steel Piping: homes built in the pre-war era were often built with steel pipes, which are prone to rusting and other issues. Most professionals will recommend a replacement of these pipes to avoid future issue.
Fuse Boxes: a lot of older homes have fuse boxes instead of circuit wiring. If you don't plan on rewiring, just ensure you have extra fuses handy; they are inexpensive and available at most hardware stores.
Lead Paint: this may not be something you think about, but lead paint was very common in older homes, and is very dangerous to your health. Get a check on the paint in your home (if you're not sure), and repaint if you do have it.
Window Drafts: this is a common one, but very easy to fix. You can always turn to new weather stripping if you're finding leaks in your windows. While new windows will always do the trick as well, you'll just want to be sure you do something about it so you don't spend a fortune on heating costs in the colder months.