If you’re in the market for a new home, you may consider buying an older one and remodeling it. You should be aware of some common fixable problems with older homes. It will help with budgeting and the decision process. Don’t let these issues deter you because the character and charm are worth it in the end.
Before you move into an older home, understand it could still have the original pipes and fixtures. Old, deteriorating plumbing can lead to extensive damage when left unchecked. Stoppages, leaks, and clogs can be smelly until you fix them.
Old galvanized pipes will produce weak water pressure, poor water quality, and discolored water. You could be dealing with polybutylene pipes that are now against building codes. If so, you need to remove them immediately. Have a home inspector check the lines to see if you’ll need to replace the entire plumbing system.
Old Electrical Systems
Electrical systems have been modernized greatly since the 1900s. The systems can now handle the increase of electronics in our homes. If the previous owner attempted DIY repairs, they could be faulty and lead to electrical fires.
Before you purchase an older home, hire an electrician to check the wiring. Re-wiring a house is expensive, and a professional will give you an idea of whether you’re dealing with small or large electrical repairs.
Hazardous Building Materials
Homes built before 1978 can contain asbestos and lead paint. These are not materials you should mess with without professionals. Look for a reputable asbestos abatement company to remove the substance.
Go through the same steps with lead paint. If you suspect the paint is original in the house, hire a professional to check for lead because it can lead to life-threatening injuries in adults and children.
Old and Unstable Roof
The condition of the roof is easily visible to the naked eye. Different shingles and roof types have various life spans, but weather, maintenance, roof grade, and installation quality all play a role. Have a roof maintenance checklist to understand what to look for in the roof. If you suspect you need a roof replacement, call a professional.
All of these common older home problems are fixable. Some of the tasks you may be able to handle yourself, but hiring a professional for the heavy lifting will save you loads of headaches.