A lovely tree-lined street could be part of the appeal of an older home. But trees can cause some headaches too, as can other things outside of the house. Trees that have grown too large can pose dangers to eaves, fences, and power lines, should they come down during a storm. Deep roots can crack sidewalks and steps. They can break pipes and wreak havoc with the foundation.
Old wood and years of dampness and water damage can create a breeding ground for termites and other insects. A routine inspection will uncover termites, but the possibility of having to deal with these bugs is greater in an older home.
Roof issues can be present in a house of any age, but old homes are more likely to use materials that contribute to the unique look of the home. Wood shingles, rustic “shakes,” slate, or terra-cotta clay tiles may be difficult to repair and expensive to replace.
St. Louis homes are also known for their brickwork. Tuckpointing, a process where old mortar between the bricks is removed and replaced, should be done every 10 to 15 years.