09:00AM | 03/24/04
Member Since: 03/23/04
10 lifetime posts
I have a contract on a small(1400 sqft) wood frame house. This will be my first house. I have no idea what kind of insulation is in the house or if previous owners perhaps did some insulation work. I was wondering if anyone had any idea as to what I might be looking at? Long term plans for the house include removing the old plaster interior walls and replacing with updated dry wall, so insulation problems will be addressed at that time, but this project is a ways off. Thanks for any help.


08:07AM | 03/25/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
Just joking some people like that stuff. I would expect to find some of the following. Dry rotted wood, outdated wiring, too small of electrical box for now days, asbestos in the insulation, (although you won't find that until it's too late), and outdated plumbing.

I'm sorry. I am a huge fan of finding an inspector who has your best interest in mind. I think some of these inspectors eat lunch with the realators. Inspectors don't get referrals if the sales don't go through. Therefore they inspect easy and they get paid, the realtors get paid and everyone is happy. Except the buyer.

If you do it I hope you understand what you're getting into and hopefully everything will turn out for the best. Some old houses are nicer than 20 year old homes.

Good luck,

Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon