What Every Family Should Look For When Buying an Older Home

Want to hear the latest from our crazy life? Our house is getting ready to go on the market! I must say, I really do love our home, but we need a tad bit more space since the girls have arrived. Not only that, but, being that the hubby and I both grew up out in the country and not in a subdivision, we would like for the twins to have a similar experience. We think we may have found what we want, but not entirely sure yet. Right now it’s all about paperwork – wohoo!

As we were putting together our list of “wants” in our next home, one of our “okays” was on an older home. I think older homes sometimes have more character to them, and more opportunity for placing a distinct touch on them, too! So when blogger Damien Justus sent me a post on the things we should look for when purchasing an older home, well, I KNEW I needed to read it! He makes some excellent points, too! Read on…

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Prudent homebuyers determined to buy an older home must proceed cautiously or risk expensive problems down the road. While there are always practical arguments to be made for favoring newer homes that are less likely to need repairs in the near future, the charms of an old home are many and appeal to a large number of people. Due diligence efforts prior to signing the contract are particularly important to evaluate an older home’s electrical systems, lead paint dangers, and bugs.

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On Welcoming Newbies to the Neighborhood!

I had to laugh. I got our mail the other day and I pulled this out:

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It’s a little packet of sorts from P&G – a kind of “welcome to the neighborhood.”

I laughed because we’ve lived in the neighborhood for over a year now!

Nevertheless, it was full of fun goodies!

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I mean, you can’t beat that, right?!

It got me thinking about when we first moved to the neighborhood. We didn’t know anyone, so we did something a little unconventional. Well, my husband would say that I did something a little unconventional, because HE thought I was crazy! HA!

I baked cookies and took them to the neighbors.

I know, it sounds silly, because the neighbors are supposed to do that kind of thing for NEW people who move into the “hood”, not the other way around, right? Well, I’ve never been totally conventional.

It was a big hit! If you want to see more about that, check out this blog post I did on it: Hello, New Neighbors!  (Oh yeah, this blog post is complete with free printable tags and everything!)

And can I just say that we have awesome relationships with all of our neighbors now? We really do! In fact, it’s not uncommon for it to take me 30 minutes to go check the mail, or my hubby 30 minutes to take the trash out, because we’ve run into a neighbor who wants to stop and chat! And hey, if you’ve gotta live by them, you might as well be friends with them!

Now we’re not the newbies anymore, and I am totally the “Hi, I’m Kristen, and I baked you this pie! Welcome to the neighborhood!” type! I’ve gotta admit, I don’t want any of our neighbors to move, but if they do, I’m gonna be all over it when the new ones arrive!

What about you? Do you have neighbors? How do you keep a good relationship with them?