We get asked a lot about inspecting older homes. There are several older homes in St. Petersburg, Dade City, Sebring and Brooksville, Florida that we inspect all the time. Age wise, an older home is about 20 or more years in age. When performing a home inspection, the inspector should have knowledge of systems in that era. For example, back then people were upgrading the panel box from 60 to 100 amp breaker panel. Now days it common to see 150 or even 200 amp service for a home. But what if it is an older home and not been upgraded. Is it a bad property. NO. The trained inspector is going to see how the house is. Yes, the appliances maybe aged or the windows are not energy efficient. But certain items can be upgraded and at the same time, they may not need to be.
If an older home has systems in place from 20 or more years the inspector should take extra time to see how that system is performing. For example, the range maybe aged, but is working just like a new one. To me there is nothing wrong with it, other then its not a stainless new one. Alot of people who bought homes back then, might had bought to down size or start over by themselves. You may had a couple that is just them, no kids. So there isn’t computers, hair dryers and other stuff on all the time. Just like water heaters, I have seen some that have gone into the bonus life way beyond the warranty. That is something that should be monitored but if there is no rust or the seams are not leaking then hey, leave it be until there is an issue.
So, when purchasing an older home, make sure that the home has been well maintained and understand how the people lived. Sure you may need to upgrade certain elements in the home for either more modernization or for your life style. But the biggest thing is making sure the inspector is experienced with inspecting those type of properties. For more information on this and other services, visit; www.emeraldinspectionservice.com or call us anytime at 352-322-2700 or 844-RADON-40. And Have A Happy & Safe 4th of July.