There are many reasons to buy an old home. Price, charm, history, and the ability to meld the old and the new together to create something uniquely yours. However, old homes also come with a few issues, which is why you need to know what you’re getting into, and how to fix some of the most common problems.
While you may need a contractor to help with some issues, there are many ways that you can #FixYourOwnHome. A great infographic by Certas Energy is well worth a read, and here are just a few things you should be ready to fix:
Lack of insulation
You’ll know if you have insulation because it looks like a sponge and you’ll find it underneath your floorboards, in your walls, or in your loft. If you only see an empty space, you’ll need to get some insulation. While you can get an expert to add insulation, you can also do it yourself- as long as you follow all the correct safety procedures.
If your boiler is old, it’s likely that it’s also inefficient. This often means you’ll have a high heating bill and still be freezing even when you’ve got your thermostat cranked right up. If this sounds like you, it’s a good idea to flush out your heating system. This will remove sludge in your pipes, which could be preventing your boiler from heating your radiators. If this doesn’t improve your situation, you may need a new boiler. Make sure to have it serviced every year.
Drafty windows will often make your home chilly, and you’ll likely find that your heating bills are higher than they should be. Stand close to your window and hold out your hand to see if you can feel a draft. If you can, resealing your window frames can help. If you can’t, it may be a good idea to replace them with new windows. There are some excellent energy-efficient models on the market.
Mould usually looks black, and you’ll often find it in your kitchen and bathroom- places where moisture and warmth are often pleasant. Sometimes you’ll even be able to smell it. You can often get rid of small mould patches with mould sprays, a good abrasive sponge, and a bit of hard work. However, if you see a lot of mould, it’s a good idea to talk to a professional.