Hi everyone, I know this is a silly question but, do you guys prefer brick over a wood frame multi family? I really like brick, but they are a bit harder to find within my price range and there seems to be more wood frame properties. What are your thoughts? Should I wait until I find brick? The 2-3 unit properties I find in Chicago are mostly built in the late 1800's to early 1900's. What are your thoughts on wood frame properties? I plan on keeping and renting for the long haul.
Hi Elsa, I think the preferred is always brick. But with that being said, it will most likely cost more than a framed house.
The brick has a lot of advantages (fire, longevity) but I personally think A Frames are solid investments too. They are both common in Chicago but don’t let an A Frame detour you from a purchase.
Thanks, I was thinking, what about termites in A frame homes.
I have read that traditional structural brick houses are rarely built in the US these days because modern frame houses with brick veneers are both cheaper and offer structural advantages.
I don’t think the construction type matters much. More important is the age and upkeep.
All types of houses have their own type of issues, but again, mostly based on upkeep, repairs, and renovations.
In this comparison I have a personal preference for brick. Although there are some really nice framed homes in B and C class areas. Brick has insulation issues though so there’s always pros and cons to most things. It’s not like brick is perfect.
But to me I’ll take Stone over both. Followed by a tie between concrete and brick. But they all have there pros and cons.
The difference between the two is in exterior walls only, but both have similar floor structure and bearing walls (beams) in the middle. If there is no water damage to the frame, no foundation issues, termite or mold problems wood structures should be standing just fine.
Termites are not that hard to find if you know what to look for. Termites feed on wood, and they usually get into the buildings with areas excessive moisture (leaks, frame in contact with soil, etc). I'm certified in WDO (wood destroying organisms) inspections, let me know if you need to check on any of the properties you consider.
I will, thank you!