Our house was built in 1887. yes. 100+ years ago. It’s awesome. Wood everywhere. Even under the drywall. I discovered, which turned that 30 minute job into an ALL DAY affair. Freshhome.com found ten things you must know about buying an older home. but they missed a big one. Property taxes are often MUCH less. Ours was, like, more than 1/2 of our rental home in same town! And the two homes are pretty similar. It was so low I called an old friend who taught real estate classes at SIU. “You just found one of the big secrets of living in an old house!” He went on to explain why it’s like that but it all escapes me now, years later. I’m sure not going to complain.
Nearly every room in this old house has hardwood floors, ceiling and walls. Yes, walls are finished and stained. We were lucky, previous occupants updated nearly everything. Kitchen was all new and appliances fit. If you know where to look, you’ll find a set or two of “knob & tube” and some square nails in the basement. The house was actually moved set on a full basement in the 50’s so W&D are in the unfinished basement. We’ve recently had a french drain system chiseled in the perimeter and connected to a sump and it’s guaranteed to be dry forever. The bad news is we had to tear out the second full bath to do it. But it’ll be better when it’s finished. Please donate to our basement project.