My mother-in-law’s house was built in 1853.
Now I am sure you are thinking this must be a mistake but it is not. The vast majority of the homes in her area are old farm houses that are well over one hundred years old. Because of this the contractors in the area are well versed in fixing issues that come up. Many, like the plumber we hired when her sewer lines backed up, tend to check out other systems while looking at the original one. While he was in the basement looking at the drainage lines he noticed a pile of black sawdust looking stuff on the floor. He looked up to see that the exhaust pipe for the furnace had started to crumble. It was an old cast iron pipe and had simply started to decay from age. He brought this to our attention and said that it really should be replaced. Even though there was not a leak at that time it could become a dangerous issue down the line. My husband explained the problem to his mom and even though it meant doing major construction and opening up walls she understood that it was needed. The saddest part of the whole thing was that it would mean removing the custom cabinet that my deceased father-in-law had built for her. We were very grateful to the plumber that went above and beyond to find the problem and he was able to recommend an HVAC technician that could complete the other job for us as well. Older homes do present special issues that newer construction ones do not but if they are maintained and repaired the old world charm that they have certainly make them worth owning.