Maintenance Tips for an Aged Home

Sep 21, 2018 | All, Property Tips

Heritage month means remembering your roots. But, just like the foundations of our origins need care, so too do many of our old homes.

Old houses are full of character, but they always need TLC. These homes usually include the squeak of wooden floors, that crack in the wall you never got around to filling or the wobbly table that you just can’t seem to align.

In the real estate business, we refer to these niggles by their technical name: charm. These traits could either leave you laughing the one day or annoyed the next. So you might want to fix it up, but you would still like to maintain the sentimental aspect. At PropertyFox, we have put together some maintenance tips for your old home.

Check for Damages
Older homes are usually made of natural materials like wood, masonry and stone. These materials last indefinitely with proper maintenance. But you must first put together an inspection checklist. This helps you identify little issues before they became neverending hassles.

Fix old plumbing
Old homes usually come with old plumbing like steel pipes. These pipes clog up easily from internal rusting and will eventually burst or reduce water pressure. Replacing steel pipes with copper (metal), cross-linked polyethylene or PEX Pipes (plastic), galvanised steel (metal), polyvinyl chloride pipes or PVC pipes (plastic) is one way to give your house some love.

Fix old heating systems
Despite South Africa getting pretty chilly in the winter months, many old homes aren’t equipped to deal with the drop in temperatures. The most critical thing to look out for is asbestos. When this deteriorates, it can be dangerous to your health. Rethinking your heating and your insulation will not only warm you up, it’ll save on your electricity bills.

Put the spark back in your wiring
Old homes often make use of what is called the “knob and tube” system. This wiring can be dangerous if it is not grounded. In some cases, the insulation of the wires can completely deteriorate. Replacing your wiring with a more modern system can save you a shock.
Make sure the replacement includes both a new electric panel and new house wiring.

Complete maintenance on a regular basis
Never wait for things to go wrong before fixing them. If you’re lucky enough to live in a house with charm, do routine maintenance to keep things in running order. You can even map out a maintenance schedule and plan it according to your budget.

Despite the work needed to stay on top of old house maintenance, it’s worth it. The history of hold homes, the beautiful architecture and yes, their character, is unrivaled. And while it might sound daunting, keeping on top of little jobs doesn’t have to be.

Whether you are looking to put your old home on the market or purchase a home that has enough charm for you to work with, at PropertyFox, we aim to make sure that your property journey goes ahead with minimal fuss. Contact us today and we will take it from there.

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