Insider’s Guide

One of the most common questions we receive is “What issues should I be aware of when buying a house built in the 1950’s, 1970’s or 1980’s?”

This is a great question and brings up the fact that not all homes are the same. Just like a vehicle, technologies evolve over time. The construction methods and safety items are continuously improving. Older homes have components that are, well – old.

Fuse BoxWhen buying a house that was built in the 1950’s you should know if the original 60-plus year old components are still in place such as the plumbing, heating, and electrical. These can be costly to upgrade.

Some materials used in houses built through the 1960’s and 1970’s turned out to be toxic. Are those still present? Does the house have some of the basic safety upgrades like safety glass, grounded receptacles, fire walls, or seismic strapping?

Houses built during the 1970’s have other unique attributes that may need to be upgraded. Several products used in the 1970’s caused fires or other health issues. Houses built in the 1970’s are also likely to still have many original items such as appliances and heating/AC systems that are likely worn out.

So check out the guides below to shed light on some of the most commonly found issues in homes of this age.