Older homes have a dignified, historic feel to them, but this vintage ambiance can come with a host of structural problems. Before you commit to purchasing any home, but especially an older home, it's extremely important to have a home inspection performed by qualified inspectors. This inspection will point out any of these common problems before they become a major issue for you:
- Radon. Radon gas, noxious and odorless, enters older homes through the cracks in the foundation and stagnates in areas of low ventilation. Radon is the second-most common cause of lung cancer each year in the U.S., after smoking, so it's absolutely critical that you have your home tested for it before you move in.
- Lead pipes. Most lead pipes were replaced in the 1940s, but the hazards associated with lead in piping didn't end there. Up until the mid-1980s, lead was still used in soldering copper pipes together. A home inspection will alert you to the presence of any lead in your pipes and let you start thinking about mitigation options, such as filtration systems for either the kitchen or the entire house.
- Faulty wiring. Many old homes have had their wiring worked on by a succession of DIY electricians, each making mistakes on top of the others. In order to make sure your electrical system doesn't contain any human-error-related faults that could cause a fire, have your home inspected and make sure all the outlets are grounded, which may require some rewiring. You can also purchase ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlets, which automatically cut off power when they come in contact with water to prevent electrocution.
If you're thinking about buying an older home, make sure to schedule a home inspection with Alban Inspections to nip any issues in the bud immediately.