How to Inspect the Older House
Source: Alex Rachun-Associate-Cornell University
What Shape is the House in?
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of a remodeled older house. A
house that appears to be run down may be in no worse condition that a
recently remodeled house. Often a remodeled older house has
hidden flaws that are apparent in a house left untouched. Applied
wall paneling may hide deteriorated plaster. New ceiling tile may
be attached to a ceiling damaged by water leaks or broken lath.
It is necessary, as a prospective Buyer, to be able to spot problems in
an older house rather than wonder what might be behind walls
covered by a quick & easy paneling job.
Remember, that when you buy a remodeled house, you are paying for the
improvements. If you have to remodel again, it may be better to
find an “untouched” house where at least you won’t be paying for
someone else’s recent work.