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.
Old houses for sale in Croatia
This old stone house is situated in a very attractive location in the historic city of Trogir. It has four floors with two bedrooms and three bathrooms, and is fully furnished and air conditioned. The house was renovated five years ago using top quality materials, including oak and Siberian larch.
This renovated old house in Split occupies an area of 120 m2 and is located in an attractive part of the old town, near the Split Riva promenade and Marjan Forest Park. The three-floor property has four bedrooms and is ideal for renting during the busy summer season.
This charming stone house is located on the island of Brač, about 400 metres above sea level. Built in the 18th century, the three-floor property has two bedrooms and occupies a total area of 58 m2. It has a garage and a large terrace offering a panoramic view of Kaštela Bay.
These two renovated old stone houses are located in the town of Slivno, not far from Makarska. They come with a barbecue area, a 25 m2 swimming pool, and a lovely view of the Adriatic Sea. The houses are about 300 metres from the sea and occupy a total area of 600 m2. They are fully furnished and air conditioned.
This stone villa on the island of Korcula sits on a 3,300 m2 lot and is surrounded by a large pine forest. The villa has two floors, with five bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a basement floor which is used as a Dalmatian tavern. The terrace on the first floor has a stunning view of the sea and the historic town of Korčula, and the villa’s terraced garden is surrounded by a stone wall, offering residents additional privacy. The villa is only 100 metres from the sea. It has a complete infrastructure, but requires renovation.
This renovated stone house is located on the island of Šolta in central Dalmatia, off the coast of Split. With three floors, a terrace, patio, and two smaller ground facilities, the property occupies a total area of 230 m2 and sits on a lot 270 m2 in size. The house has four bedrooms and is facing south-west, offering plenty of sunshine and a lovely panoramic view from the terrace.