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House Age: How to Tell

Jan

At one time you said you could tell the age of a house. I unfortunately missed your answer because I was listening to you on the radio and I had reached the destination for my appointment. I couldn't wait for the answer because the station went to to a news break. Please tell me how to tell the age of a house. Thank you.

The Money Pit Answer
There are actually a great number of ways to tell the age of a house.  Building materials have definite periods to them and some fixtures like toilets actually have dates stamped inside their lids or tanks.  As a professional home inspector, we dated homes by these methods and many others that were sometimes very obvious, like finding an original inspection sticker on a home's electrical panel!For a good overview of how homes vary by age, see my article about Home Repairs by House Age.