Old homes can certainly be gorgeous, feel cosy, worn and full of stories. They might be full of original features and lack the cold sterility of a new home. But oh they can also come with a fair few problems. Here are 10 common problems of old homes and some ideas on how to fix them.
The decor may be very dated – well whilst this might be annoying it is not a property. Setting yourself a time plan and a budget to deal with outdated decor means you will get it sorted in time without blowing all your money at once. If your lounge and bedroom are done first you can take the rest step by step
Perhaps your old home has mould? If it isn’t too bad mould remover and mould paint may do the job and this is a simple DIY. If it’s more advanced you need to look at damp proofing and this could potentially be a big job.
An inefficient boiler
It is important this is dealt with or you could run up huge bills! Certas Energy can take care of all your energy needs, from heating oil to boiler care, new tanks or a new Smart Monitor and having a reliable provider could make all the difference to you.
Leaking oil tanks
As above, some things are just best left to the experts!
If the rust isn’t too advanced there are some simple DIY options for rusty pipes including sandpaper, a wire brushes and chemical rust removers. Have a look at this handy article here
Do not try and DIY your electrics. An old house may even need complete rewiring. Prioritise this and get a professional in!
Old houses often lack in the kind of insulation we expect from more modern houses. Insulating the loft is one of the first areas you want to address as it is one of the very best ways of keeping the house warm. If your loft is accessible this is something you can do yourself pretty easily. Check out DIY tutorials on YouTube and have a peek here for further advice
Old windows may have all sorts of concerns such as cracks and draughts and lack of insulation. You can do some temporary fixes with sealant and heavy-duty curtains till the budget is in to replace them.
Plumbing matters! Problems with plumbing can affect both sanitation and water supply and we need these to work to say healthy. This is a priority fix.
Some old houses will have pantries and serving hatches and even outside loos. And quirky and fabulous as these may be you may want to alter them. Just like with the decor though give yourself a budget and time frame and do it one step at a time.
Enjoy your old house and give yourself time and space to make it just as you want it.
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