If you want a house with character – perhaps even a history of its own – consider the advantages of buying old homes in Kansas City. Middle-aged houses often reflect the love and care that have been lavished on them through such owner-added touches as crown moldings, carved fireplace mantels and built-in bookcases.
Buying the Perfect Old Homes in Kansas City
Often old homes are also found in neighborhoods that present a more varied environment using a broader range of architectural styles, as well as a range of colors and texture of materials. Mature trees, established lawns and years of gardening often add much to the feel of a community.
Disadvantages of Buying Old Homes in Kansas City
With old homes in Kansas city come older floor plans that may not fit into today’s lifestyles. Traffic flow may not be convenient, master bedrooms may be small, closets almost non-existent, and kitchens and baths outdated.
If you think remodeling costs will make the house the most expensive home in the neighborhood, keep looking or you may lose money in the long run. Your repair bills will most likely be higher, at least in the beginning years of ownership. And remember that old homes are unpredictable – you never know when the roof, furnace or water heater will need replacing.
Ask T. J. Lamb about buying old homes in Kansas City.
This Home Buying Tip was excerpted from:
Kiplinger’s Buying & Selling A Home, by The Staff of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Kiplinger Books, 1996.