New Buyer, Pre-Owned Property: 4 Things to Do after Purchasing an Older

Written by  //  March 26, 2019  //  Home Improvement  //  Comments Off on New Buyer, Pre-Owned Property: 4 Things to Do after Purchasing an Older

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Older homes do have a certain charm about them. For many people, they have an appeal that can’t be matched by newer construction. While there are some great benefits to purchasing an older home, there are a few things that you might want to take care of.

Roof

You’ll want to have the roof inspected to make sure that there aren’t any issues that could lead to potential water damage. It will also give you a good idea of how old it is, so you’ll have a better idea of when you might need to replace it. If your home has its original roofing or something with more historic detail than modern roofing trends do, try to find a home restoration expert to help save it while also protecting your home.

Windows

Older homes will usually have beautiful wood windows. Unfortunately, over time, with a little help from Mother Nature, the condition of the wood can become compromised. This is a big reason why older homes are sometimes drafty. And, all of those drafts will make your utility bills higher.

The cost of replacing those old windows with newer, energy-efficient ones will quickly pay for itself by reducing how often your furnace and air conditioner are running.

Update Utilities

It’s a good idea to take a look at the internal mechanical components of the home. If it’s not comfortable to live in, you won’t want to spend your time there.

How old is the furnace and air conditioner, and how are they operating? It might make financial sense to replace them with newer, energy-efficient models. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll be helping out the environment by using less energy. Contact a company with an excellent reputation for the best air conditioning installation services.

You’ll want to have an electrician check out the wiring. Older homes weren’t designed for today’s electrical usage, and might need to be updated. The plumbing should also be inspected. A plumber can inspect the insides of the pipes with a camera scope, and let you know of any hidden leaks. They can also check out the water heater and any other facets of your plumbing system.

Lead Paint

Prior to 1978, the effects of lead on our health wasn’t fully known. Lead paint was very common, especially in homes. Today, you can still find lead paint on older homes, usually buried under several layers of paint. It’s a good idea to have a professional lead inspector do a thorough test to make sure that there isn’t any hidden lead. Exposure to lead, over time, can lead to serious health issues.

Older homes were built to last. And they will, as long as we take care of them. You can still enjoy all of the beauty that an older home has to offer. You just might want to consider a few modifications for safety and energy-efficiency.

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