Are you an owner of an older property or are you looking to invest in one? As beautiful as dated property can be, it is important to understand some of the problems that come with age. Therefore, we have compiled the most common problems found in older homes to help you understand the issue you could face and subsequent preventative changes.
Inadequate or Unsafe Electrics
Old and outdated electrical systems can result in higher chances of electrocution and even fire. This could be a result of frayed or cracked insulation on your electrical wiring, old aluminium wires, or an outdated circuit breaker. It may be hard to diagnose the current state of your electrical system but if you see signs including flickering lights, a tripping circuit breaker, or frayed wires it is time to call an electrician in.
With oil being the common energy source to heat homes back in the day, a lot of older properties still contain oil tanks which can be problematic to find and remove. Specialists companies can use equipment to locate and safely remove any old and unused oil tanks.
Steel plumbing is often found in properties that haven’t been updated since the 1940s.
The problem with steel piping is that it has a high tendency to rust. This build-up of rust can clog the pipes and lower the water pressure throughout. To overcome this problem replacement pipes would be needed.
Another common issue with older homes is that they typically have poor/minimal insulation. This means that you can feel the effects of the weather and it is can become very cold in the winter and hot in the summer. A sustainable solution would to install a blow-in insulation to act as an additional barrier.
Lack of storage space
The design of older properties often include a lack of storage space. It might be useful to consider clever storage options including adding more cabinets and under window storage.