Why would anybody choose to buy an old property that hasn’t seen much maintenance over the last fifty years? There are many reasons for it; cost is usually a factor. Homes that do not meet the standards that we expect today in comfort and efficiency cost less than an identical building in the same street that does. But they will have to spend money on renovations, I hear you cry. They can do that over several years if they need to; there is no rush. There are also those who enjoy the challenge of home projects. They can design the interior of the property just as they like it. That is an attractive proposition.
Here are some home improvements you should expect to undertake when moving into an old property.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the building regulations had no minimum requirements for insulation. Cavity walls were empty and lofts barren. Families struggled to keep warm when wages were low and fuel for the only fire in the house was expensive. It is strange that it took so long to realise we should put a coat on our house. Here are some areas of insulation to consider.
The loft. Anybody who is fit can insulate a loft. It is hard, hot work, but it only takes a day or two to complete and has an immediate effect on the building. To calculate how many rolls of insulation you need, multiply the width of the house by the length, in metres. Then divide that figure by the coverage of each roll. You can put several layers down if you want; the more, the better.
Inject cavity walls with insulation to stop heat escaping. It is a job for contractors, but it only takes one day for an average home.
The guys at the local Dixons branch in Halesowen say that people are more aware than ever before, of the advantages of adequate insulation. They pay attention to the EPC, and it can sway their decision on whether to buy or not.
Don’t be surprised to find issues with damp in an old home that has no central heating and poor ventilation. People used to put up with it in the old days, but you don’t have to. There are now chemical treatments that can stop damp in its tracks. Most of the work is on the outside of the property, so there is little upheaval inside. We can cure most damp problems these days thanks to new high-tech products.
Kitchen And Bathroom
You should fit a new kitchen and bathroom for your comfort. They are the rooms that define the quality of the whole house and are probably the most expensive to renovate. It is unlikely that the old fixtures will meet your requirements; we have come to expect more.
Central heating is a vital addition to the home when you can afford it. As I mentioned earlier; it could help to solve problems with damp and will certainly make the place more cosy than it is now. Renovating an old property has many benefits; not least, the fact that you can take on the jobs when money is available. Does the idea appeal to you? Many have turned a derelict building into a palace; you can too.