How to Research the History of Your House

Home History Research

It pays off to do your Home History Research

Researching the history of your home (or your future home) is important, as it can help you better understand the home maintenance schedule and potential problem areas. You could find out when the house was built, how, when was it modified or new additions created. Has it suffered any disasters like fire, flood, earthquake etc. Or perhaps some infestations. Yikes!

Home history research is also an exciting activity and can provide a great deal of fun to everyone who’s participating (everyone can play a role or tackles a certain area). At the end you compile all your research and thus create a chronological picture of your home.

Here is a shortened 10 step list of what you gotta do:

  1. Visit the local courthouse or historical society
  2. While you’re there, get a copy of the original building permit
  3. Dig up or get a new copy of your property’s abstract.
  4. Look through your city’s newspaper archive.
  5. Pay a visit to your local municipal planning agency
  6. Inspect your house closely
  7. Talk to your neighbours
  8. Track down previous owners to find out what improvements were made
  9. Research the history of your neighbourhood
  10. Consider using a metal detector in your yard

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About Lori

Lori VanDinther is a Licensed Sales Representative and Team Leader of the VanDinther Team at RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc. Brokerage in Burlington Ontario Canada. Lori is a long time resident of Burlington and has been successfully selling real estate in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for more than 18 years. Lori has received numerous awards throughout her real-estate career for Sales Achievements and TopPerformance. Lori attributes a lot of her success to ALWAYS putting her client's needs first!