6 Problems To Look For Before Buying An Older Huntsville AL Home

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On October 18, 2011

Are visions of renovating a stately, older Huntsville AL home dancing in your head?  Older homes offer a unique beauty that can’t be found in newer homes. And, rehabbing them can be rewarding.  But, think twice before taking on this difficult and expensive task.

Here are six problems to look for in the older home you’re thinking about buying:

  1. Plumbing problems.  The plumbing in older homes can be inefficient or downright unreliable.  Homes that are 25 years old or older almost always have plumbing problems with the most common problem being lead pipes.  Even after lead pipes were replaced in the late 1940s, the earliest galvanized steel pipes still contained lead. Lead also was present in much of the solder used to join copper pipes as recently as the mid-1980s.
  2. Electrical issues.  Electricity in older homes may not be grounded and wiring may not be safely installed.  Even if the electricity is grounded, it may not be available in the quantity needed for today’s home and the vast array of gadgets that depend on electricity.  Electrical boxes in vintage homes were typically 60 or 100 amps. Today’s standard is 200 amps.
  3. Lack of insulation.  Older homes are typically drafty, cold and uncomfortable. Not to mention expensive to heat and cool.  Check the type of insulation that was used.   Many older homes were insulated with newspaper, asbestos, or not insulated at all.
  4. Cracked foundations.  The foundation materials used in older homes, such as cement and cinder blocks, crack and leak over time.  These days the exterior sides of foundations are commonly sealed; not so with older homes.  As a result, water seepage occurs and can lead to structural threats and health issues such as mold.

The wisest thing to do before buying an older home is to have it thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector.  Then, calculate exactly how much time and money it’ll take to renovate the home so it matches the vision in your head.

Whether your dream is to buy an older or newer Huntsville AL home, I can help.  Give me a call today at 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free or email me at mike@movetohuntsville.com.


Having lived in the Huntsville AL area for most of his life, Mike Manosky understands exactly what makes this community special.  In fact, those who know him well will tell you he carries the same traditional values and focus on the future as Huntsville. 

Mike brings with him a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Huntsville AL home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why his clients benefit from his unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Mike Manosky will help make the most of your Huntsville AL real estate experience. Give him a call today, 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free, and discover the difference he can make during your family’s move.

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