One of the many reasons that people tend to purchase older homes is because they have so much character. Today, most new homes tend to be on the cookie-cutter side and not unique enough for some homeowners. However, purchasing an older home does come with a few downsides. One of those is the condition of the home. Here are three areas you need to check in an older home to keep it functioning and safe for yourself and your family.
Electrical wiring has come a long way since the 1940s. The methods and materials have changed, and so have government regulations regarding the type of material and installation of home wiring. The electrical wiring in your home needs to abide by the National Electrical Code. Not only can neglecting this issue cost you hefty fines from your city, but it can also put your family at risk. Accidental contact between wires can instantly cause a shock to a person or set off sparks that can cause a fire in the walls of your home.
Much like electrical wiring, plumbing has also changed drastically within the past few decades. These changes include the type of insulation added to pipes as well as the materials used to create the pipes themselves. Most homeowners will find that the home’s pipes might not be in the best condition. Common issues that will appear on older pipes include erosion, cracks, and discoloration. Failing to properly insulate or replace older plumbing can lead to pipes bursting and potentially flooding the inside of your home.
The strength of a roof can determine how long you will have your home. This is because water within older homes can not only be dangerous as mold builds up, but it also weakens the already fragile roof on your home. As a responsible homeowner, you should take the time to audit your roof from inside and outside the home. Look for water spots and wall discoloration inside the home. You may also check the attic for rays of sunlight shining in where they shouldn’t be present.
Older homes hold plenty of charm, and it’s no surprise that so many people choose to purchase them. However, there are a few things that homeowners need to consider in order to protect their families from the hidden dangers of older homes. Thus, it is highly recommended to review the tips listed above and apply them to your older home.
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