architecture is such a storied industry, a merger of art and science. Schools around the world offer courses that can span anywhere from 2 to 10+ years, allowing students to ingest as much as they possibly can. Tomes fill the rooms of bookstores and museums, sharing improvements, enhancements, and sometimes setbacks that architects have shared, about building. Eloquent introduction aside, how cool is it when you drive down a street and see five different styles of home? You may see an old house, Victorian, modern, and craftsman, all in the same block!
Choosing a style of home is as personal a decision as the job you choose, or the person that you spend the rest of your life with. Well, maybe not that personal. After all, you can choose to move homes every couple of years, if you wish. But there are pros and cons to each architectural style.
Today, we’re focusing on homes that are a little bit older. They were probably constructed more than 20 years ago. Though they may look beautiful and mysterious on the outside, they probably also come with heavier maintenance and additional hidden costs. 5 Star Reblocking & Underpinning is dedicated to transparency, so it’s in line with our business mission to always share what hidden costs our customers may run into.
Fix Cracks in the Foundation of the Old House
The first item on this list is probably the closest to our hearts—take a look at the foundation! We encourage our valued customers to vigilantly keep an eye on potential cracks, every year. Can you imagine how many may have amassed over 20-plus years? This isn’t necessarily a red flag, but it is something that you want to be aware of. Make sure that if you’re considering buying an old house, that you get several pairs of eyes on it first. We recommend that you check out the bedrooms and the more social areas first. If you’ve spent significant time on our blog, you’ll know all the warning signs. Shifting, cracks, moisture, settling—all bad news. When in doubt, call in the experts, like the 5 Star team.
Adjust the Plumbing
Next on the agenda is the plumbing. Nothing worse than pipes that crack and hiss, when you’re trying to take a bath after a long day. Luckily, with advancements in technologies, plumbing is easy to check and adjust. Another issue here, can be mineral build-up, which can actually cause sickness to the inhabitants of the old house. Again, not a deal breaker, just something to keep in mind.
Call an Electrician
Finally, we recommend that you keep an electrician on speed dial, and getting their sign-off before you hand over payment for the old house. Frequently, owners have not updated their electricity or wiring since the time that they bought the home. If they haven’t, they may have laid the foundation for potential fires, down the line.
Viewing beautiful old houses can be an enjoyable pastime. Just make sure that if you’re choosing to do so for the long haul, you ensure that they’re not just habitable, they’re comfortable!