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Old 01-31-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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we are looking to buy house in chandler/gilbert region for under 150K. I don't want to endup paying more because of extra maintenance due to the age of the house. So what built year time frame is safe to look at? I would prefer a newer construction but just in case it won't fit into my budget then how far back I should go, 1990-1995? 1995-1999? 2000+ or what?
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:08 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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Anything 10 years old that has not had the AC, water heater, and roof replaced is just a money pit waiting to happen. Flooring and interior fittings are at a point that they need attention too. Any included appliances are old. Looking at homes built after.. say 2003... often offers you a lot better insulation and most have much better (more efficient) windows.

We ended up building new after seeing the un-updated homes for sale in our area that were for sale for as much as a new home.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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The older the homes in my neighborhood, the better built they have proven to be (80's vs 90's). Yes, they've all had new ACs and water heaters (what house that age hasn't) They all have tile roofs, many have had the paper redone. Lots have had more upgrades than that. I would not write any house off just because of the age it was built. Builders vary A LOT. Look at the individual house in terms of what's been replaced, updated, the quality of the insulation, not the date it was built. If you find a house you like from what you can see, get an inspection to look for "money pit" issues. If it's too much to spend, then you can look elsewhere.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:31 PM
 
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What I've always been told is that most houses need serious upgrades every 25 years. So if you are looking at something over 20 years old see how old the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are. The upshot to older homes is that the landscaping is often more mature. You don't need to wait for 5 years for a new tree to give you shade.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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If it has twist or push button light switches it's too old unless you've got lots of $$$$ for updates.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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One important thing that many people forget to update are smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.

Also, when replacing the smoke detectors, get at least one photoelectric or dual-sensor model, which provide superior detection to slow smoldering fires. Also, consider at least one smoke/carbon monoxide combo detector. Do not mix different brands of smoke detectors if they are interconnected. The major brands are Kidde/FireX, BRK/First Alert, and USI Electric.

One way to tell if a smoke detector needs to be replaced is if they have a solid red light. On many older hardwired smoke detectors, the solid red light indicated that the detector is receiving AC power. Most (if not all) of the newest hardwired smoke detectors have two lights: a solid green light to indicate AC power, and a flashing red light to indicate operation. If there isn't a green light on your hardwired alarm, it needs to be replaced.

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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The older the homes in my neighborhood, the better built they have proven to be (80's vs 90's). Yes, they've all had new ACs and water heaters (what house that age hasn't) They all have tile roofs, many have had the paper redone. Lots have had more upgrades than that. I would not write any house off just because of the age it was built. Builders vary A LOT. Look at the individual house in terms of what's been replaced, updated, the quality of the insulation, not the date it was built. If you find a house you like from what you can see, get an inspection to look for "money pit" issues. If it's too much to spend, then you can look elsewhere.

I have to agree here with this. Certainly there can be a case by case issue. But in general the older homes are better constructed. Some have cider block construction and others have a brick veneer. The styling may be dated. Some of the older styling is better. Too many of the newer homes have the garage sticking way outside in front of home.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ
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Anything 10 years old that has not had the AC, water heater, and roof replaced is just a money pit waiting to happen.
Even a shingle roof lasts 20-30 years in the valley, and a water heater is a $500~ish repair. A/C units routinely last 15+ years, sometimes much longer.

You couldn't buy a heat pump as efficient as the one I bought three years ago for my "money pit" until ... three years ago.

So unless you're willing to only look at new homes, any house is going to be behind the curve - and many new homes don't have ALL the upgrades.

Builders often buy what's cheap, not what's best, and the things you're not looking for, are the places where they'll cut corners.

My parents moved into a new home a while back... it was upgraded to the hilt and 100% "move-in" ready.

Except... it didn't have a doorbell!

Who doesn't have a doorbell?

Why would a buyer have to ask if a new house has a doorbell?

But... $15 saved by the builder... they didn't ask, the builder didn't tell..

I love new homes in many ways, but I'd much rather have a great location & rehab to my own taste than take a new "Mc House " with a plethora of "semi-custom" <--- features...
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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Something you may want to look out for in "older" houses (pre 1995?) are polybutylene pipes.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:04 AM
 
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Something you may want to look out for in "older" houses (pre 1995?) are polybutylene pipes.
Yes, very good observation.
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