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It can be difficult to look after any home, but it’s especially difficult when it’s older than most, and doesn’t always have the same robustness and modern features as newer homes. They can have a lot of character, though, and that’s why we persevere with them, even when logic says that we should move on and buy a newer property. The good news is that any home, within reason, can stay in tip-top condition if you look after it properly. Below, we take a look at some essential tips that’ll have your home look and feeling its best.
Stay on Top of Small Jobs
The thing about old homes is that they all seem to have more nooks and crannies than you know what to do with. We don’t know if they made them that way, or if it’s just the ravages of time that make it so, but in any case: there’s a lot to deal with. If these are left to their own devices for too long, then it’ll be difficult to get the house back into a condition that’s “as close to perfect as possible.” This mostly means the cleaning, but also things like broken shelves, peeling paint, and so on.
Keep Things Dry
There’s much to love about an older home, but the truth of the matter is that they lack the quality control of newer homes. We know how to manage mold efficiently, now, but we didn’t in the past – and that means that older homes are much more likely to have issues. While you can’t always prevent mold from developing, you can do your best to keep it at bay by keeping your home as dry as possible. If you spot a water leak, or rain somehow gets in, make sure the issue is handled as soon as possible.
Managing Big Problems
The longer a home stands, the greater the chance that they are going to have problems. While you can’t always prevent these issues from arising, you can control how quickly you respond. If you take problems as soon as the first warning signs present themselves, then it’ll be much easier to plug the problem. Take your foundations, which are especially vulnerable if you have an older home. If there’s a problem with the foundations that’s left untreated, then you could face a heavy bill to fix things – or even make your home unsellable. Get in touch with concrete foundation contractors as soon as possible, and fix the issue before it has time to develop. When you have an older home, a proactive approach is essential.
Around the Edges
It’s not just the interior of the home that you need to focus on. Sometimes, it’s the weak spots of the outside that can do damage, such as your drains. Check them regularly to ensure that they’re of the quality needed to prevent water from getting in. Also, take a look at surrounding overhanging branches, which could cause a lot of damage if they’re able to break off and fall onto the house.