The newest fad seems to be the purchase of an older home also known as a character home or heritage home. The integrity of these homes have come under fire. And when it comes to health issues these older homes are a hotbed for problems. Many of the building codes have changed over the years for the safety and health of the people living in them. These homes are almost a specialized market in the housing industry. These homes can start from relatively cheap to outrageously expensive. And the renovation possibilities with these homes are never ending. You need to do your research into these homes before you purchase them because they can get expensive to bring up to code and their may be city restrictions on keeping these homes in an original looking status.
Before you sign on the dotted line for one of these homes you should have it thoroughly inspected. You need to be sure the flooring is solid so you dont fall through when you walk in the door. This inspection should definitely include the foundation of the home. Make sure that the inspector looks for any signs of deterioration and/or water damage.
Now we all have heard of lead poisoning. These old homes are usually plastered with lead paint. They also utilized lead pipes for the plumbing of these older homes. Lead can be extremely dangerous to a person or animal especially if it is in your central environment. Another huge health issue in these older homes is the prospect of asbestos being used. Asbestos was used for ceiling tiles as well as insulation. Asbestos removal should take precedence in the removal process above all else. Keep in mind though that it will take a specialized contractor to remove the asbestos from your home. In the end if you keep an eye on things and are cautious you should have yourself a very strong investment.