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The Most Common Problems Found in Old Homes

“They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore” can be heard echoing across hallways in older homes all across America.

For good reason, people love older homes — they’re unique, filled with character, and often a bit less expensive than other properties on the market. But unfortunately, they too can come with their fair share of problems.

1. Asbestos

It’s every homeowners’ worst nightmare — asbestos. Prior to 1970, asbestos was commonly found in insulation because it was strong and heat resistant. What builders didn’t realize was that it was also highly toxic and a cause of mesothelioma cancer. If asbestos is found in your home, it can cost several thousand dollars to properly eradicate it.

2. Foundation Problems

Cracks and sloping floors are obvious signs of foundation problems, but what about the not-so-obvious warning signs? Cracks in the drywall and doors that don’t swing properly are signs that your foundation has warped or began to shift.

3. Shotty Plumbing

It can be easy to forget that a home built in the 60s has plumbing that’s more than 50 years old today — pipes are strong, but they’re not indestructible. Before buying an older home, check for low water pressure, corroded pipes, and leaks. While they may not seem like big problems at the moment, they’re signs that your plumbing is failing.

4. Outdated Heating and Cooling Units

If your home hasn’t been renovated in decades, odds are the heating and cooling system isn’t up to par (and in rare cases, you may not have any sort of cooling unit at all!). If your home wasn’t designed to withstand ductwork, you’ll have to spend quite a bit of money if you want to install a modern-day HVAC system.

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