Some older properties can be of great value, especially for people who prefer ancient and traditional designs. However, when buying an older home, it’s good to be wary of some of the key issues that can be present in such homes and tackle them before you move in. By doing so, your family can be safe and secure. If you have already bought and moved into an older home, it’s still advisable to check a few things. Some of them include the following:
Living in a home that has some hazardous substances puts your family’s health at risk. The two main ones that you are likely to find in older homes include asbestos and lead. The key lead sources in older homes are lead paint and plumbing. The federal government banned the use of lead paint in 1978. To identify if lead is a hazard in your house, have a paint inspection and risk assessment done. Lead affects both adults and children, with children being more susceptible. Some of the health conditions associated with lead poisoning include learning problems in children, increased risk of miscarriage and reproductive problems, among many others.
Asbestos too can a negative effect on health. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos is associated with major health issues such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Most old houses are likely to be energy inefficient. If you don’t address energy efficiency in your new home, you could end up paying huge bills and harming the environment. Some of the factors that can contribute to energy inefficiency in older homes include poor insulation, roofs that are not energy efficient, and energy inefficient heating and cooling systems, among many others.
Other than contributing to energy inefficiency, some roofs for older homes could be leaking, causing damage to the interior. Therefore, it’s important to have the roof checked and if need be, get a new one that will serve its purpose more effectively.
Old pipes, leaks, low pressure, corrosion, clogging, wear and tear and tree roots in sewer lines are some of the key plumbing issues you are likely to find in older homes. Since it can be hard to detect tree roots in sewer lines until you get drainage issues or old pipes that need replacement until the water becomes hard, the best thing to do is to hire a professional plumber to inspect your plumbing system.
Those are some of the common issues with older homes. The list is not exhaustive though; for example, foundation issues are also common. These should be handled by an experienced engineer. Some home buyers can also shy away from older homes that have outdated room layouts or ceiling and flooring. However, since these are issues that can be fixed, it’s easy to transform that older home into your dream house. But you have to be willing to make that investment. And as you make the renovations, the value of the house increases and so you can get better returns if you plan to sell it in the future.