DFW Homes Built in 1950-1979

as featured on RetroRenovation.com with permission from Hewitt Habgood

as featured on RetroRenovation.com with permission from Hewitt Habgood

These mid-century gems sell fast in the DFW area, but often need major updating. See our recommended services to make sure you know before you buy! 


  • Crawl Space (if present)
    Most, if not all, homes built during this time frame have a pier-and-beam type foundation. In order to properly inspect the foundation and other systems of the house, we need to access the crawl space under the home. A crawl space inspection can reveal issues like previous water or fire damage, evidence of pests or rodents or problems with wiring or plumbing.
  • Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection
    One of the greatest threats to your home is from termites and other wood-destroying insects. A WDI inspection includes a visual examination of the interior and exterior of the home to find any signs of existing or previous activity as well as identifying conducive conditions for these troublesome insects.
  • Gas Systems/Carbon Monoxide Test
    A comprehensive Gas Systems/Carbon Monoxide test includes: Verifying that CO detectors are in place in the required areas: in the vicinity of the bedrooms, on each level of the house, and in the vicinity of any attached garage. Testing all accessible Carbon Monoxide Alarms in the House. Sampling the air in the vicinity of all the fuel-fired appliances to determine CO levels.
  • Foundation Elevation
    A foundation elevation survey will show differential movement of a home’s foundation where the foundation is out of level and areas to watch for possible future damage.
  • Thermal/Infrared Evaluation
    Thermal imaging cameras use heat signatures to identify a variety of problems that could not be seen with the human eye: such as plumbing leaks behind walls, ceilings and floors; hot electrical wires buried behind walls or switch plates; missing insulation on walls and ceilings; air leaks in the building envelope; and air leaks in the HVAC duct system. Thermal Imaging is one of the most informative, effective and accurate tests a home inspector can perform for you.

Homes built between 1965 and 1973 may have aluminum wiring. Read more about how this can be dangerous here.

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