When it comes to renovating an old house, you will face many obstacles. There are often little or no records of the previous owners, and you may find that some parts of your home need replacing before you can do the job properly. However, this should not put you off. Here are some useful tips for renovating an old house.
New homes are great – but there’s something special about an old house, particularly one that’s been lovingly renovated over the years. The character and charm of a vintage home make it a wonderful place to live, but renovating an older home can be a lot of work.
Find the best materials
The first thing to do when renovating an old house is to use the best materials you can afford, and then use them in the best way possible.
Many of us think that we have to sacrifice quality to save money. But it’s more productive to think of all the ways to use better quality materials so that your project lasts longer and looks more beautiful. This is especially important in renovating a historic house, since you are going to be working with many of the same materials used during previous renovations.
Inexpensive vinyl windows are fine for new construction, but they don’t fit in a historic house. We’ve seen a number of examples where people tried this, and they simply look awful. You need real wood windows that match the house or at least look like they belong with it.
To save money on better windows, consider buying salvaged windows from a place like Architectural Salvage Warehouse or Olde Good Things. The prices will vary according to size and condition, but if you find ones that are close enough you can modify them yourself using basic carpentry tools.
Know the architectural style of your house
When you’re planning a renovation, it’s important to know the architectural style of your house. This will help you to understand what kinds of improvements will be appropriate, and which ones would look out of place.
As with so many things, the internet can be a great resource for identifying your house’s style, and learning how to make improvements that are appropriate for it. Let’s say you live in a 1950s ranch-style home. You can search online for “1950s ranch home renovations” to find out what others have done (and what mistakes they made!).
An important thing to keep in mind is that, for many homes, there are appropriate ways to modernize them, as well as inappropriate ways. For example: if you have a ranch home from the 1960s, replacing all the windows with modern ones might not be the best choice; period-appropriate casement windows could be a much better option. Similarly, if you live in an older bungalow-style home, it would look odd if you installed contemporary vinyl siding on the exterior.
Update electrical and plumbing system
If you love old houses but not the hassles of fixing them up, you might want to consider a newer home with some historical touches. But if you’re willing to put in some work, an old home can be a great investment.
Before buying an older home, keep in mind that you’ll probably need to update its electrical and plumbing systems. The wiring may be outdated or damaged, increasing the risk of fire and electrocution. Plumbing systems in older homes are also more prone to deterioration and leaks than newer systems. In addition, the water heater, furnace and air conditioner may need replacing, which can cost thousands of dollars.
Many of these items are major expenses so try to get a sense of what kind of shape they are in before making an offer on a house. You can ask the seller for a list of improvements they’ve made over the years or request documentation from insurance companies regarding recent claims. Of course, it’s still smart to have professionals check out everything before you buy the house so you know exactly what needs work and how much it will cost.
Replace your appliances
If you have an old house, one of the best things you can do is replace your appliances. This can be expensive, but the benefits are many.
The first benefit is that new appliances are far more efficient than old ones, so they will save you money in the long run. A new fridge uses less than half as much electricity as one made 20 years ago. A new washing machine uses around a third as much water and electricity.
New appliances also tend to be far more reliable than old ones, meaning fewer breakdowns and repairs. They tend to make less noise too. And these days most new appliances come with a warranty for peace of mind.
Even if you’re not ready to replace the appliances in your home, you can always call Profixit, Winnipeg appliance repair company to fix them.
If you are truly interested in renovating an old house, it’s best to consult a professional. This is one part of the process where you might want to hire someone with experience who can give you some advice before you start ripping out walls and putting in flooring.
Also, if you’re looking to update some of the appliance in that old home, or just get a dryer repair in Winnipeg, you should contact Profixit today.