Old houses has its own incredible charm. It’s historic, homey, and has classic decorations such as arched gateways and incredible sculptures. No wonder old houses are the most popular and expensive in certain places such as Amsterdam. Investing in a renovation for an old house is definitely worth it, whether you are to live in it or to re-sell it. Before diving in to the renovations, here are a few things you’ll need to know on renovating an old house.
Existing Pests are Inevitable
Old infrastructures are bound to have cracks and holes, which is the perfect door for pests to enter. Whether they are ants, cockroaches, spiders, mice, and even bats, you’d expect to find them in an old house.
The best way to get rid of all these pests in an old house is to call a pest control pro to do it for you. Make sure they wipe clean the old house from pests, and do prevention procedures so that they won’t re-enter your home. Seal cracks and holes immediately, and de-clutter everything in the house. Make sure the house is also dust-free and doesn’t have dark rooms or dark corners near drainage systems.
Drainage System is a Priority
When looking at an old house, you should also expect old water pipes and drainage systems. You’d find rusty, leaking pipes, and water trekking behind toilets and sinks. This will not only invite pests, it will also introduce moss into your home which is harmful for the lungs. It can also produce an unpleasant smell.
The foundation of an old infrastructure can also be invaded by pests, develop rusting, or break down from moisture. That’s not the only thing you’ll need to re-strengthen. You should also check on doors, windows, and cabinets.
Most of these will have become vulnerable and could destruct in the future if not replaced or fixed now. It will cost a lot of money to replace everything, but it is much better than fixing it but risking a future break-down. Imagine suddenly not being able to close the window in the dead-cold winter!
It’s not a surprise that old housing doesn’t involve technology yet. Simple technology such as air vents, alarm systems, electrical water heating and room heaters, and even smoke detectors might not be present yet in the old house that you plan to renovate. As much as possible, try to install these technological developments, so that the house will not only be charming, but comfortable and safe with the help of technology.