Many people buy old home hoping that they can renovate this classic piece of architecture. It is true that you can renovate old homes, but it often proves more difficult than what you thought at first. Sometimes, you can overcome the issues by spending money, often more than what you planned for, but there are times when even spending a lot of money cannot make the things according to your needs. Following are the 3 issues that you are most likely to face when renovating old homes.
- Outdated Electrical Wiring
The electricity needs of the people in those days were quite different from the needs of today. There were hardly any appliances that are now essential for our lifestyle. And electric safety is such a serious issue that you cannot ignore this old wiring. If a previous homeowner has already changed the electric wiring, you might be saved from the trouble. However, if the house still has the same 1930’s wiring, it is better to change all the wiring and outlets. And this might cost you a lot of money, more than what you initially planned for.
Old plumbing can be a constant issue as it is more prone to clogging and corrosion. Because a clogged pipe is a big issue, you might be forced to change a major part of your plumbing. And it is better if you do. If you call a handyman every time a pipe is clogged, it may cost you even more.
- Unsafe Materials
Led paint was a standard in those old days, so was asbestos in the floors, ceiling, and ductwork. Now, we know that these materials are dangerous for our health. So, you might need to renovate the old home with the new safe materials. It can cost a lot to get rid of these dangerous materials. And if you are living in the house at the time of renovation, it may pose a serious health risk.