Probably the antithesis of this bowl - but need some advice. This is for a house in a Southern metro. Built in 1960s completely remodeled in 2000s with some very recent additional remodeling of kitchen and bathrooms. Well kept house. The price will be nearly $1M, the same as something built in 2010+ with similar square footage (because a lot of the price is the lot, its a super expensive zip). Should I steer clear because of the age? Will it cost a ton in maintenance and utility bills?

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For some perspective, it is very common for the majority of houses in older cities like Cleveland, OH to be from the 1960's and earlier, and they hold up fine. Sure, newer houses might have less maintenance, but will also come with a higher price tag, so it's a very person by person preference (I personally think some old houses are beautiful with craftsmanship that far exceeds any new construction).


Was the remodel down to the studs? Were interior systems like electrical, A/C ducting, water/plumbing replaced? Did they install new insulation in the exterior walls?

Some of these won’t ever need to be replaced (e.g., ducting, insulation) but will affect the efficiency of the home.

Yes to all of your questions except the exterior insulation - the only portion I have seen in the garage walls looked fairly new. Electrical is all new Romex, plumbing is all PVC/pex, ducting as far as I can see from attic is new.

If it's deleaded, cleared of asbestos, has 200 amp panel and updated plumbing then it's probably a good investment. Some things might need a little maintenance like foundation repointing etc. But the beauty of somewhat older houses is that they have completed most of their settling so you wont have to worry about continued warping and cracking like a newer house might get.

As my friend likes to say, a house "getting comfy" is an uncomfortable process to go through. Best to avoid if possible.

Yes no lead no asbestos both inspected for. Yes has 200A panel, all romex electricals amd GFCIs etc, PVC plumbing. Foundation in good shape by tilt measurements and no cracks visible in structure due to settling.


It really comes down to personal preference, maintenance is going to cost a bit more with an older house but you will benefit from more home appreciation in the long run. But I would check the quality of the remodel though, a lot of remodels (or new builds) have very poor quality and only look good for pictures.

All windows double pane low energy windows. Two AC units from 2017-2018 vintage, both 4T. Two water boilers from 2006 but dont know about their efficiency rating.

Roof and windows are expensive and I’d guess those aren’t part of a general remodel from the 2000s. Unless you need the lot, I also wouldn’t probably buy that much land.

New roof and gutters from 2017, windows are all double or triple pane.

It’s impossible to generalize based only in the age of the houses. There are extremely well built older homes that won’t give you a lick of trouble, and cheaply built newer ones that are ridden with problems. Get a good inspection, be present during inspection so you can ask questions, have a contractor review the written report if you have questions, and consider supplementary inspections of systems (electric, hvac, pool, whatever) if you’re concerned.

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