Buying a Home in North Park
When Buying a Home in North Park , South Park, and most of our Metro Neighborhoods in San Diego things can sometimes look a little scarier than they really are. Most of the homes in our neighborhoods were built in the early 1900’s and although some have been restored or remodeled when you get into having a home inspector check every nook and cranny, things do and will come up and should not be blown out of proportion.
One question to ask is “Is it a major thing, or is it a minor thing?” One item that is typical in our homes is knob and tube wiring. Some people come across this in a home inspection and make it a bigger deal than what it really is. If it was installed properly and it has not been improperly disturbed, most electricians will say that it is still safe. With this being said, if you are planning on adding modern day conveniences such as and AC or modern day appliances, you may want to consult with a licensed electrician about upgrading.
What about cracks? Here in the San Diego Metro Neighborhood it is very common to see cracks on some walls, especially around window corners or doorways. You should not be too worried about these but always look into it if you see that they are becoming larger at a fast pace. Hairline cracks typically occur over time from settlement of the home.
Buying an older home is a lot different than buying a newer home in a newer development. It is important to work with a Realtor who is very experienced with selling these types homes and knowing what to look for. He or she should have connections with vendors such as electricians, foundation experts, and plumbers that are extremely experienced with older homes and not the contractors that are only used to working on newer homes. This is critical as it could cause you from buying a perfectly great home in a great neighborhood. It can also cost you financial stress if it turns out that the home has major issues with it that you were not aware of.