We work for many first time home buyers in San Diego. As first time buyers, they are often drawn to older homes which fit into their price range. San Diego has tens of thousands of houses that were built right after World War II. With a huge military population, the GI Bill made these houses ideal for troops returning from Europe and the Pacific. Houses popped up like mushrooms along the coast and inland.
People describe these houses in many ways; mid-century modern, retro, classic 50's, nostalgic, even quaint. But they all share many similar building techniques, materials, and technologies that fall short by today's standards. Buyers who have never lived in an older home may not immediately notice the differences. Things like fewer receptacles, a complete lack of insulation, old drafty windows, and very old appliances. Believe it or not many people don't see these things until they are pointed out in our inspection report.
Having performed many thousands of home inspections I can tell you that clients are often shocked to find out the difference between these old homes and those to which they have become accustomed. This leads to many cancelled escrows and sometimes causese hard feelings towards the agent for not preparing them adequately.
To help both buyers and their agents set the proper expectations, we have created a short white paper on "What to Expect When Buying a house Built in the 1950's". This paper is one of the most popular items on our website and we want to share it with everyone. It helps educate agents and buyers on what to look for in these cool houses, and helps set everyone's expectations. This leads to fewer surprises at the end of the inspection, and a happier relationship between buyers and agents.
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