How to Find Out How Old My House Is?

Updated February 21, 2017

Determining the age of a house can be an essential part of preparing for a house sale, or you might simply be curious about the history of the place that you call home. There are several ways to determine the age of the house, and whether you are interested for historical reasons or monetary ones, the process is fairly straightforward.

Call your county Recorder of Deeds. They can tell you what year your house was placed on the tax rolls, and in most cases, that means the house was constructed a year to three years before.

Consult your local library for census records. These records can tell you roughly when a specific address came into being and who was living there at the time.

Consult your city hall to find out where older tax records are kept. If you can view the tax records related to that address, you can often find the original date of construction of the dwelling.

Look for your house and your neighbourhood on local or state historic registers. Even if you do not find your home, looking for pictures or deeds relating to the buildings around your home can help you learn more about the area and when your house might have been built.

Call your local courthouse. Finding your house listed in a will or similar document can help determine when your house was constructed.

Look under the rim of the toilet. If your home still has its original toilet, you will discover that most toilet manufacturers will stamp the year of manufacture on this area. Because toilets are usually installed right after construction, this can give you the precise year that you are looking for.


One thing to watch out for is the demolition or destruction of a house that stood on the foundation of your current home. The original house may have records that confuse your search. Some houses are transported from one location to another, and this can lead to some confusion in official records.

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