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Here’s a list of 5 things to consider when buying a historic home.

  1. Has the electric been updated?   New electric panel?  Updated wiring?

Power use today is very different from the early 1900′s. 

Older electrical panels typically that lack the number of circuits to operate the microwave, toaster oven, computer, garbage disposal, washer etc. without tripping the breakers or blowing fuses.   Most newer houses have 200 Amp service, 3-wire electric circuits, fully grounded receptacles, lots of outlets and ground fault interrupters in kitchens, baths and laundry areas.

2. How about the plumbing?   Is their copper plumbing in the house?

Galvanized piping consists of steel pipe, dipped in zinc to provide corrosion resistance.   This coating gradually coating wears off and the steel piping corrodes from the inside out. The corroded piping increases the risk for leakage and can result in low water flow to the plumbing fixtures.

Galvanized piping is often found in older homes; and it has a reputation for leaking and clogging.     Many historic homes have been retrofitted with copper pipe.  Also, it’s important to note that Re-piping a historic home can be more difficult than newer homes because of lath and plaster construction.   Drywall is much easier to work with than lath and plaster.

3. How’s the foundation?  Is it stable?  Is it falling down or crumbling?  

You  may want to have a structural engineer evaluate the structure and make sure it doesn’t have any major problems.

4. Do you want an updated kitchen?

Even though you may love historic homes, most buyers want a more modern kitchen which includes a dishwasher, garbage disposal and more counter and cabinet space

5.  Do you want an updated bathroom?   Do you want a house with the original clawfoot tub still in it?

To find out more information about buying a Historic home in Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs, call ….

Kathy (719-287-1049)   [email protected]

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