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Renovating Your Older Forever Home


Renovating Your Older Forever Home

Maybe that old home you just bought isn’t quite as perfect as you would like, which isn’t surprising or unusual. From serious issues to more aesthetic problems, there are a whole host of fixes for older dream homes. It can be a bit stressful to figure out which repairs and projects to focus on first, and that’s why having this resource list brought to you by the professionals at the South Jersey Real Estate Investors Association can help you get started.

Start By Addressing Structural and Safety Issues

Some updates may not be urgent, but when it comes to problems that pose a risk to your safety or your home’s structure, repairs simply can’t wait.

  • Bob Vila explains that structural issues that should take priority include foundation cracks or old pipes that need to be replaced.
  • Address mold and asbestos ASAP, which can have serious health consequences and should only be removed by a licensed professional.
  • Electrical repairs should also be completed by a pro to ensure your safety. 

Then Move Onto Projects That Will Provide Comfort

Once you’ve taken care of major repairs for your old home, you should think about working on updates that will keep your family happy and comfortable.

  • Some older homes may lack central heat and air, but they can be added.
  • Removing or replacing old shag carpets can keep your family from experiencing the discomforts of allergies, asthma, and other illnesses.
  • Upgrade an outdated kitchen so that you can prepare meals in comfort.
  • Remodeling an older bathroom can also give your family a space to relax.
  • Create a home office if you work from home or need a place for kids to do their homework. You may need to install more electrical outlets or update existing ones for the electronics you’ll have in there.

Some Other Things to Watch Out for With Older Homes

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of how to structure the updates and repairs for your older home, but you also need to be aware of some potential obstacles.

  • Southern Living notes that homes that are considered historic properties may require more time and money for repairs and updates.
  • If you buy a historic home, you may also need to notify state or local commissions before making major updates.
  • Even if your home is not historic, you may still need permits for certain improvements.

Know which repairs should take precedent, but don’t overlook your comfort completely. With the right plan, your dream home won’t become a remodeling nightmare!

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