Whether you’ve moved from the farm to the city or you’ve always been a city dweller, fixing up an old house can present many challenges. While it may have come at a bargain price that attracted you in the first place, a healthy financial repair budget and free time are required thereafter.
Here are 4 tasks to expect that will be needed to get done at some point.
Plumbing Inspection & Maintenance
The older the house, the worse state that the water pipes, boiler, and other apparatus that you’ll rely upon will be. Some of the pipes may have decayed and might not be far from springing a serious leak. Old bathroom fixtures could be unable to handle the strong water pressure that the city’s water utility can now deliver.
It’s best to perform a search for plumbers near me to get an idea who might be local. The problem here is that the companies that pop up aren’t vetted well and won’t necessarily have an experienced team available. Instead, use a qualified and knowledgeable team that deals with a wide range of home plumbing problems.
Handled sooner leads to fewer watery surprises down the road.
Get the Electrical Wiring Checked Too
The electrical wiring can often be outdated and not ready to handle the demands of the modern world.
When we’re needing more power outlets than ever and plenty of USB or Lightning charging port for our digital devices, the available outlets shrink to nothing. Then we’re relying on extension cords to get us past the limitations, which doesn’t get around a limited electrical system.
Get the wiring and electrical system inspected. You may need a new circuit system including a modern breaker box to protect against surges. Also, the wiring to different outlets likely will need to be redone to update it and add capacity for a busy household.
Remove Ceiling Holes Strategically
Holes in the ceiling created either from disrepair or a past fixture up there can be an eyesore. While it’s possible to fill them in and paint over them, it’s difficult to match the existing shade leading to repainting the entire ceiling to get it to color match.
When the hole is only small, consider creative solutions to the problem. For instance, relocating a smoke detector or adding a gas detection device will neatly cover the hole and adroitly resolve the issue.
Refinish the Wooden Flooring
An old house often has hardwood floors which is one of the aspects that made it so attractive in the first place. However, they’re often pretty worn, scuffed, and in need of repair and buffing up.
Whilst they likely won’t deteriorate at a rapid pace while left, sooner or later it’ll be sensible to at least refinish the flooring over a long weekend. Older, damaged, or heavily worn floors may need sanding down to even them out and to fix any issues before finishing the resurfacing task. Hardware stores can loan out the necessary equipment from a few hours to several days to complete this task.
As long as your old house isn’t in too bad a shape, it won’t require too long to get it back to an acceptable standard. Be sure to pace out the work to avoid getting overwhelmed though.