We're in the American South and considering a wood frame house for our new primary residence. I'm somewhat familiar with the risks of termites but I'm also thinking about a few other things. Hoping a couple of you might be able to provide perspective. Here's some of my concerns...
- Longevity of the structure. Pine is used but not indicated which kind. I assume newer northern pine from 1960s forward.
- Future re-sale value. We may live out our days at this semi-rural property but do frame homes keep their value, all things being equal?
- Cost to repair average issues. Terrified I'll discover one day that half the house is rotting from water damage or termites.
- Hurricane damage. Is it possible to properly do wind mitigation to a frame house? Should I really be worried about this is I'm not on the coast?