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Old homes can be beautiful and worth restoring. However restorations can be a lot of expensive and time-consuming work. They can be hazardous too, with lead and asbestos materials present.

The photos below are from a variety of older homes in the Seattle and Kitsap Penninsula area, and show the kinds of things a potential buyer should be aware of.

Jim remodeling a 1915 Seattle bungalow back in the 80s.

A failed foundation. This calls for a structural engineer.

"Alligatoring" (cracks) in a built-up, flat roof. This one's at the end of its useful life.

Exit holes from anobiid wood-boring beetles in a support post. This is very common in old houses with poor ventilation and no vapor barrier in a crawl space.

Floor jack used below support post in basement. Looks like it's been there for a few decades at least.

A clogged drain at the bottom of a basement stairwell. It probably can't be cleaned, so some other solution is needed to keep water out of and away from the basement door.

An old brick chimney used as a furnace flue. This one needs replacing or rebuilding, and a metal liner.

Someone took the meaning of "can light" too literally.

Deteriorated and substandard chimney flashing. There should be step flashing and counterflashing, with little if any sealant.

Lots of creosote at a chimney termination. Looks like they're a little overdue for chimney servicing, eh?

This roof is waaay overdue for replacement.

Someone needs to learn about moss control on roofs.

A filler cap for an underground oil tank. Tanks have a limited lifespan and can be tested for leaks. If abandoned it should be decommissioned or removed.

Homeowner added electric receptacle on a downspout. Yikes!

Homeowner extended circuit in an attic. Plugging wires into the slots is certainly easier than using wire nuts inside the box.

Guardrails shouldn't have gaps larger than 4", and handrails should be graspable. This is a safety hazard, especially for small children.

A broken concrete retaining wall. This'll be expensive to replace.

It's good to clean your roof once in a while.

No drain line is installed on this water heater's temperature-pressure relief valve. Hope it doesn't open when someone's standing next to it. That's a serious scalding hazard.

The notorious Zinsco brand electric service panel and circuit breakers. The bus bars are made from aluminum. They oxidize and corrode which reduces conductivity causing resistance and heat. The breakers are known to not trip under normal overload conditions, or appear to be tripped when they're not.

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