WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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going to run into: "It was the 1800s. They were building without plans. They'd say, 'hey, I think we need a beam here.' This isn't a bad thing, by itself. But it's important to hire a scrupulous and meticulous [home] inspector who's trained to look for any sign of damage." Gleysteen says, "You run into the ravages of time: termite damage; the settling of the structure." You might have old knob and tube wiring that will need to be removed before a house can be sold to comply with today's building codes. There may be asbestos insulation wrapped around the plumbing, lead paint, or an old boiler that won't be able to support an addition. There are many grandfathered issues that must be dealt with before you can safely occupy your home. Meyer says, "You never want to restore something or just make something work if the system itself is outdated or if it's going to fail." More Pitfalls Linda Efstratoudakis of Stefco Builders also remembers The Money Pit. As the owner of an old home herself, Efstratoudakis says to budget and plan for about one major project a year. There will always be plenty of work to do. She also advises that, before buying an old home, the homeowner must be completely comfortable with elements that can't example, or the amount of east/west sunlight the house receives during the day. Bell advises to allow for going about ten percent over 55 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e be changed, like downstairs ceiling height, for

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