When Kerry Colborne was searching for a home, she knew she wanted something with character and a sense of uniqueness. She found it in a Gothic Revival-style home built in 1854. But knowing the roof would need replacing, she had three different roofers provide quotes before she made an offer. Older homes like Kerry’s often have incredible features — such as lush landscaping, high ceilings and original fireplaces — but sometimes need major repair. Toronto realtor Elli Davis says that before purchasing an older house, a home inspection is a must to avoid unpleasant surprises and unforeseen expenses.

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