In contemporary society, there is an increasing drive to chase after the ‘next big thing.’ The newest fashions, the newest gadgets, the newest ride and the newest diet feature heavily in our lives. The obsession with new- ‘ness’ is mostly due to the rapid advances in science and technology that make it possible for us to buy a new phone only three months after our last one, or try a new fashion style every month. However, no one can deny the age- old charm of an old house steeped in history. For the discerning eye, old houses have character, flavour and atmosphere – all things that a brand new condo will not have. But maintaining an old house, no matter how romantic, is a difficult task. Here are some tips to ease your way:
Chase Away the Critters
One thing that all old houses have in common is pests. Cockroaches, spiders, bugs, bees and rodents usually infest the dark nooks and crannies that you initially thought were mysterious and exciting. Proper termite inspections is an important part of maintaining and/ or renovating an old house: pests move in as soon as humans move out, so if the house has been unoccupied for awhile, expect a lot of them. Pests are also problematic because they increase the rate of dilapidation in the house by eating away at wall paper, plaster, woodwork etc.
In tropical countries, where temperatures are high year round, pests are a normal part of living, and people have adapted to it. If you see any pests in your newly- bought old house, call pest control in Gosford pronto – pests like rodents carry dangerous bacteria that can cause serious diseases in the human body.
Repair and Renovate
The dreamy old house may look perfect in your eyes until the first plumbing problem. What the real- estate agent may have neglected to tell you is that there is only a limited amount of overhaul an older house can take. Plumbing and plaster can be replaced gradually, but the roof is a distinct no- no in most cases. So be prepared for a lot of repairs.
However, don’t think of it as a drain on your bank account; good- quality repairs and renovations usually prolong the “shelf- life” of any house and make it more habitable, and therefore more marketable. By making timely repairs, you will minimize possible future accidents with the house. Hire a team who has experience restoring old houses that will respect the original work and incorporate it into the modern amenities we desperately need in the 21st century such as electricity.