Do you know the history of your house? Have you ever wondered who has lived here before or how old is this place? If you have an older home you may be curious about a lot of its history. If you don’t know the last time the roof was replaced chances are it is probably time to replace it. Finding out the history of your home is easy and finding out if you need a new roof is even easier with Interstate Roofing. If you think you might need a roof repair or replacement give us a call today.
Bob Vila Radio: How Old Is Your House?
If cats have nine lives, an old house probably has more than you can count. You don’t have to travel far to find out more about your property’s past—and you might be surprised at what your search turns up.
You might not think of yourself as much of a detective, but piecing together the history of your house is easier than it looks. With a little research, you can find out when it was built, who else lived called it home, and more.
Start the search at your local tax assessor’s office for a list of past owners and a record of your home’s property value. Next, head to your county clerk’s office to request three files: the Registrar of Deeds, the Tract Index, and the Grantor-Grantee Index. These three documents will tell you when your home was bought and sold, or if any lawsuits or liens have been filed.
Want to see what changes have been made to the original structure? The local building inspector’s office can help you with that. Enlist a clerk’s help to find any permit applications filed for remodeling or new construction on the property.
If you’re interested in the materials used to build your home, check your town’s fire insurance maps, which can date as far back as 1870. Your local library might also have maps of the surrounding area, or old pictures of your home. While you’re there, look through old newspapers to see if your address pops up in the real estate listings—or the police blotter!