Many of us are drawn to older homes because of their charming character and historical features that are difficult to replicate. However, if you are considering purchasing an older property or preparing to renovate the one you have, there are a few things to consider and keep in mind before diving right in
Research Your Home
Older homes are typically protected under your local government's planning scheme, depending on the style of home and when it was originally built. Before you purchase an older home, it's a good idea to check with your local Building and Planning Department to learn about what can and can't be altered and if there are any restrictions. When it comes time to plan your renovations, ensure your extensions are sympathetic and don't dominate the original house, as this will increase your chances of getting approval and will help you maintain the unique characteristics of your home. You can find more information by calling your local council or enquiring from your local builder, as they will be aware of the restrictions and can expertly help you plan your dream home.
Update Your Wet Areas
When renovating the bathroom, toilet, shower, or laundry, it's an ideal time to take preventative measures by replacing old copper pipes and assessing any water damage that may have been created by old leaks. Old copper pipes can form rust from corrosion over time and can lead to a burst pipe in the future, which is why it's important to update these minor plumbing concerns before they turn into a major one. Your local plumber will be able to safely and skilfully handle any problems you may have, which will help reduce any complications you might have in the future.
Asbestos & Insect Invasion
When looking at your home's exterior, everything may seem fine, but the interior could be telling a completely different story. To help protect your health and the health of those around you, any homes built before the mid-1990s need to be assessed for asbestos by a professional who knows what materials to look for before you start renovating. Termites can cause great structural damage, which is why it's important to look for any muddy tunnels in the walls, little piles of termite droppings that look like sawdust, hollow-sounding timber or weak skirting boards and hard to open doors and windows. However, your local professionals can sometimes tell if there's any damage just by looking at the exterior, whilst finding the easiest way to solve your problem and ensure your home is renovated in the safest way possible.
By Natasha Mann