- Be sure these are in good working order
- Heating and Cooling
- Electrical systems
- Foundation – check that it is in good shape or what will it cost to repair
- Termites – any damage? Are the live? Dead? Your inspector can find a pest control inspector who can tell you
- Need repair or when should it need replacement?
- Insulation – is it adequate
- Have your inspector check for lead, radon, mold and asbestos
- Age of the house
- What restoration is needed and what will it cost – you may need a structural engineer to evaluate the home
- For repairs, are original materials available or substitutes
- Is the house listed or does it qualify to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places as you might be entitled to reduction in property tax or state income tax credits, but there may be regulations or requirements when doing restoration or upgrades
- Check out local and area laws and regulations re historical properties
WHAT TO CHECK OUT WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUY A HISTORIC HOME
The charms of living in a historic home include a personality and sense of nostalgia that new homes cannot impart. The above photos are of Delray Beach. Before buying, consider these issues, perhaps with an inspector along who has experience with historic homes:
There is much joy and reward in restoring and living in a historic home. The photos just above are of Boynton Beach.