Zillow Advice: Buying Process - What are some of the things to look out for in older properties? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-some-of-the-things-to-look-out-for-in-older-properties/337133/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Regardless of the age of ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-some-of-the-things-to-look-out-for-in-older-properties/337133/ Regardless of the age of the property (unless new construction with a warranty), you should have a property inspection completed. A few hundred dollars now can save you thousands or tens of thousands down the road. You may go into a property that looks great cosmetically and later find out it has major issues. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-some-of-the-things-to-look-out-for-in-older-properties/337133/ 2010-03-30T16:46:00Z Lead pipes or rusted piping, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-some-of-the-things-to-look-out-for-in-older-properties/337133/ <p>Lead pipes or rusted piping, run the faucets<br/><br/>Electrical wiring can't source all the appliance that we need to use nowadays, check the fusebox.<br/><br/>Lead paint buried beneath layers of "new" paint.<br/><br/>Possible asbestos degradation.<br/><br/>Large Oak trees.<br/><br/>Not braced for earthquake (ask if it has been reinforced).<br/><br/>Cracked foundation.<br/><br/>...<br/><br/>The older the home is, the more question I will ask the seller, and the stronger the wording needs to be in the offer to protect yourself. It might even be worthwhile to get an experienced handyman to do a cheap pre-lim walkthrough before writing your offer to see if they can catch anything major that is not obvious.<br/><br/>-David<br/><br/>-David<br/></p> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 07:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-some-of-the-things-to-look-out-for-in-older-properties/337133/ 2010-03-30T07:02:00Z In areas that are damp, look ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-some-of-the-things-to-look-out-for-in-older-properties/337133/ In areas that are damp, look for subterainian beetles, (wood destroying&nbsp;beetles)&nbsp;they eat a home from the ground up. If the home has a basement, look for water stains on the walls of the basement, that would indicate flooding in rainy season.<br/><br/>In the bathrooms, look for dryrot under the shower area. <br/><br/>beware of electric components not being upgraded Wed, 24 Mar 2010 19:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-some-of-the-things-to-look-out-for-in-older-properties/337133/ 2010-03-24T19:04:00Z