Work has brought me to El Paso, TX. I'm looking to buy a home. There are a lot of homes from the 50's 60's, 70's and 80's for sale. Some of them look well maintained, is there any truth to the "they made them well back then" saying? These houses are affordable and look good. Is there a lot of pitfalls to buying an older home? Any advice? What to look for? Tips? Etc....Thank you, Anons.
my dad in construction most of his life
all he does is fix this shit
you neeed to see if foundation is ok what you need to cut out, these old even up to 70s homes have no rebar in the foundation and you can easily cut it diamon saw. if the foundation is ok, wallah you did it
next is mold drywall
its expensive unless you do it yourself
rip out whatever sucks and replace
then you replace water heater and fix piping
after that its all cosmetic
being in texas
you need a ton of mexicans bro
Thank you, Anon.
in texas you dont have to worry abought the roof so much as you can use shingles plywood
but any beam that is rotted will need to be replaced also
Get as much land as practical whatever you buy. Land gives choice and room for future whatever.
In texas I would pretty much just worry about whether the insulation is enough for the quality of the AC. The pipes, appliances, and the rest of the HVAC should be inspected, but that's par for the course for any house. The house in your pic looks shit tons better than most of the houses in my area that are from the 80s and 90s.
I know, it was built in 72.
308 Egret Way, El Paso, TX 79922
I knew that applied to murder houses, but not porn houses
Check to make sure the house has never been used to film pornography, drastically reduces the resale value.
Assuming you're not shitposting; how would anyone know? Obviously business licenses and permits might be associated with an address, but shooting on private property just requires owner permission (at least in my state).
El Paso anon here but out on the far east side. Your slab out back has big cracks that look like they go under the house. Go knock on the floor tiles inside for ones that sound hollow to see if they follow a line. May indicate a big crack under the house. Have the popcorn ceiling checked for asbestos. Have a termite inspection done. Lots of termite issues here, esp in older homes. Check seals on doors/windows. Heat/cooling is a big issue and you don't want to lose heat/cool air thru bad seals. Jan--April is the windy season, so expect dust and sand through all the openings everywhere. June is our hottest month--110s--then sustained high 90s-100 until October, so a/c (they call it "refrigerated air") or a swamp cooler system ("air conditioning") is critical. Monsoon season is June to Sept, and it pours. A good roof and gutters are important. Streets flood pretty regularly there on the west side. Looks like a pretty typical 70s home, and that's a nice quiet neighborhood.
Good luck, and welcome to El Chuco. I hope you love it as much as we do.
Thanks bro, I appreciate it.
El Paso anon again. Don't know if you have a home inspector lined up yet. Can recommend AAA Home & Termite as very thorough and reliable. Ivan did our home inspection, and didn't rush or skimp on anything.
50s to 80s aren't even that old. In NY a lot of the housing stock is from pre-war time.
sadly NYfag here
that's not really true
anything prewar, detached homes of course, is owned by rich rich richfags
postwar shitshacks for everyyone else, used to be working class, now no working class person could ever afford one
I lived in a ~1910 brick house at one point, was already worth $1 million around the year 2000 while the shacks are only starting to hit that now
Don’t buy anything in Central El Paso, the houses there are fucking ancient.
Anything in El Paso that was built before the mid 80’s/mid 90’s probably has aluminum wire coming into your main panel from the meter; the lugs on those shits need to be tightened every couple of years because aluminum wire sucks dick.
Uhhhhhhh other than that it’s pretty hit or miss. The west side has some nice *looking* houses but they were all built with the cheapest material and the cheapest most illegal mexican labor possible.
I noticed, there are some houses from the 20s and teens for sale.
I bet, since Juarez is right next door.
Foundation is the most important part.
Remember the realtor is not your friend, hire your own inspector that does not work for your realtor.
This. I might also hire your own AC guy to check that out. A new heat pump is like $8000. Az fag here. Our AC guy caught that the house was built for a 4 Ton but we had a 5 ton unit.
Realtor picked the inspector and he missed a ton of shit. We had to pay $10,000 to fix foundation. Big crack in the slab wasn’t a problem we just epoxied it. But the “settling” on the corner was expensive to fix. Also the house wasn’t grounded properly. Not sure how that got missed.
WRT termites are they even avoidable? Seems like every house out here gets them eventually. We just pay a company a few hundred each year for warranty and every time they pop up , they come in and treat them. We didn’t have them first 8 years.
They use thermals to check for heat / cold leaks for the house which is cool. We were able to find where the insulation had been fkattedend and damaged by a previous leak.
I hated buying a home. So much gambling involved. So much shit you find years later ( owner fucked up the shower install - had a broken out going pipe which contributed to our foundation sinking ). There is just no way to check for all this shit, and the inspectors can’t be sued for more than you pay them - which is only a few hundred.
Before I buy another house I’m literally going to sleep in my car parked in front - how loud is it? What’s the morning traffic like? What are the neighbors like? Oh the homeless like to camp at the park near buy? Oh this is a mosquito area? Oh everything floods here? There is just too much.
And of course you aren’t allowed to talk to the owners. Next time I’m going to talk to all the neighbors and ask them like what kind of repairs they have had the last few years. Oh a microburst ripped out all the roofs 5 years ago? Oh all the foundations here have had to be fixed?
It’s stressful and miserable
here is the thing, they made shit housing all the time, the ones that were not so shit survived to today, the shit ones fell in/down or burned up long ago. no matter the age, many of the older homes will have kinks in them where some idiot "knew how" to do a repair but was clueless. these types of repairs stack up in older homes as long as they have not failed yet.
>Work has brought me to El Paso, TX
My condolences, I will pray for you
You have to have your pipes and electrical inspected in old houses. Nothing last forever. A 1940's house usually has cast iron sewer pipes which are rated to last about 60-70 years. Pre's 60's electrical has a life expectancy of 60-70's years before the sheathing starts to degrade. these are expensive fixes if you buy a house that hasn't been updated yet.