"The price of historic character can be pretty steep. Here’s what it’ll cost to remedy the most common problems such as radon, lead and asbestos..." writes Jay MacDonald of Bankrate.com.
Got your eye on that lovely two-story Victorian on Capitol Hill in Seattle? A lakeside arts and crafts cottage on Lake Washington in Bellevue? That faux antebellum Greek revival in Redmond?
Brace yourself. That old house can come with plenty of old problems, from asbestos in the attic to radon in the basement.
Such concerns don't necessarily mean you must give up your dream of buying a piece of the past. But you do need to bring along a knowledgeable architect or design-build remodeling contractor to scout out hazards common in older homes.
And keep your checkbook handy."
8 Common Hazards
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