When buying older home or condo in Beacon Hill anywhere else, you must know what problems to look for. Older homes almost always require more maintenance than newer homes, and unfortunately, much of this maintenance can be expensive and time-consuming. If you are considering purchasing an older home or Beacon Hill condo, here are some common problems to look for buying in an older structure..

1. Lead Paint

Lead paint is a major problem in many old Beacon Hill homes, and basically, any home built before the late 1970s could have lead paint. Lead has been linked to a myriad of health problems, including birth defects, kidney damage, and a loss of developmental skills in young children.

2. Foundation Problems

Many older Beacon Hill homes have foundation issues, which can cause a house to lean, sink, or sustain extensive structural damage. Of course, some foundation problems are more serious than others, and serious foundation problems can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Many older foundations are also prone to elemental damage and water retention.

3. Electrical Problems

It can be wise to inspect an older Boston condo for sale electrical system prior to making a purchase. Electrical systems in older homes were not meant to support the heavy use of many modern appliances. Safety is also a major concern – many older electrical systems can catch fire if they are overworked on a regular basis.

4. Worn and Weathered Roofs

Unless the roof of an older Back Bay home has been recently replaced, you will certainly want to have it inspected. Many new roofs may have sustained water damage in the past or have sagging areas.

5. Asbestos

Asbestos, an extremely flame-resistant building material was commonly used in Back Bay homes prior to the late 1980s. Unfortunately, they can cause lung cancer when inhaled, and some older homes still contain insulation, paint, and flooring rife with asbestos.

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If you are interested in downtown Boston real estate or a Boston condo renovations or you are currently asking yourself “Should I buy an old home?” you may want to contact one of our Boston real estate professional. Speak with an agent today to learn more about buying an older property.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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