Old homes carry their own charm. It is true that most people these days prefer something more modern and new. There is logic in this: newer homes are built from sturdier materials, and the chances of repair or maintenance is still in the distant future. Homeowners may be hesitant to buy an older property for fear that over and on top of the initial deposit, they would have to spend more on care. Those involved in the real estate industry will refer to these characteristics as “charming” but old house maintenance is no laughing matter. Still, there is one simple way to effectively maintain an old home.
Regular check-ups are a must for those who want to keep their old home well-maintained. The process is easier than you’d expect. Before the purchase, it is important that you ask the realtor for any special maintenance that the property may require. And good real estate agents will refer to specific areas that may need special care. Typically these involve plumbing or heating issues. This knowledge will limit the areas that you would need to look out for on a bi-annual basis. This does not mean that you should neglect the other areas of the home; merely that the challenge areas should be regularly monitored. These areas can be maintained with DIY projects that may be found in other resource materials online. You may also wish to consider the assistance of a licensed HVAC contractor.
While this may seem like common knowledge, many homeowners forget to follow it. All homes do need to be well-taken care of, but older homes generally require more frequent visits.
Hi! I am Thomas Robert Faw, a real estate developer based in North Carolina. Part of my job is advising people not only on what house suits their needs but how they can maintain it for generations. Learn more simple tricks on Facebook.