What to Note When Buying an Old House in Croatia

  • Buying an old house is an interesting option to those looking for historic homes or fixer upper properties and, in spite of not being as popular with buyers as newer houses, these properties often have a number of advantages over modern homes


  • However, they are not always the most family-friendly option and often come with hidden expenses, which can be avoided by getting a thorough home inspection before buying


Advantages of buying an old house

  • The charm and character of old stone houses along the Croatian coast makes these very attractive to buyers looking for nostalgic appeal and history-filled walls, and a little extra work seems like a worthwhile effort, not only to create a lovely holiday home, but also to save a piece of history from decay


  • Charm and uniqueness are far from being the only advantages of buying an older home. Older houses often have thicker walls and a more solid construction than modern ones, and the wood used for the framing and doors is generally denser and more sustainable


  • Additionally, older homes were usually built to take full advantage of weather conditions and may require less heating and air conditioning than modern houses, which can help lower energy bills. In spite of this, these properties come at a much lower price because they are not as sought after as newer houses


Checklist for buying an old house

  • With old houses and renovation properties, the first year of ownership can be a challenging one, as they sometimes require extensive repairs, which can be costly. Fixer upper houses in particular require a thorough inspection before purchase to avoid a series of unexpected costs


  • The main things to check before deciding to buy are construction quality, foundation, roofing, hazardous materials, unsafe electrical systems, and termite damage to any wooden components. Plumbing and water filtration systems are particularly important because problems with these can cause flooding, which can make the house temporarily uninhabitable and the damage is expensive to clean up. Buyers should also consider the climate and humidity in the area, as these can accelerate decay and often lead to problems with mold and mildew


  • To avoid surprises, or at least keep them to a minimum, buyers are well advised to get at least one home inspection. Inspectors are experienced at catching both existing and potential problems, which is what makes house inspections a lesser expense than having to fix unexpected problems down the line. Additionally, an engineer can be helpful in pointing out any structural problems and providing insight into possible solutions