Common Issues Found When Remodeling an Older Home

Posted by Ben Thompson on 06.9.17

Older homes have a unique charm about them. Many homebuyers find themselves drawn to a particular home because of its history and details that make it stand out, such as a special molding, exposed brick, vintage hardware or fixtures, or an architectural feature. Over time, these beautiful historic homes will need some updating either to improve safety or functionality. There are some common issues that may arise when renovating an older home and knowing what might come up will lessen the surprise. A professional remodeler will be prepared for these and will be able to provide solutions to solve the problem so they can complete the updates you would like to make.

Here are a few of the most common issues of older homes.

  1. Foundation problems. If you can see that the foundation is bulging, has areas that appear out of plumb, or major chipping or flaking you will want to have an inspection by a structural engineer. Inside the home, you may notice uneven floors, window and doors that stick, or drywall cracks indicating there may be a foundation issue.
  2. Roof leaks. Leaky roofs can lead to water spots and mold growth. Inspect the attic for moisture and the roof for broken or missing shingles, and damaged flashing.
  3. Popcorn ceilings. These are easily removed, however, they may contain asbestos, which requires a professional to perform testing and proper removal.
  4. Mold. Water leaks from roofs, windows, or pipes can all cause mold. If you find mold, make sure to have a professional find the cause of the problem, have them remove it, and repair the systems involved to prevent further issues.
  5. Dry rot. Wood that has gotten wet can grow a fungus that will result in it becoming soft and crumbly. It has the potential to spread and can be very dangerous if it affects structural supports.
  6. Poor electrical wiring. Updating wiring is a necessity to ensure that your wires are grounded and able to handle the power needed for your appliances. Wires also age and become brittle which can cause short circuits or house fires.
  7. Asbestos. Homes 40 years and older may have an HVAC system, insulation, ductwork, and roofing that contain asbestos. This fire retardant substance can be dangerous when it turns to powder and should be removed by a professional.
  8. Lead Paint. Any home built before 1978 should be tested for lead paint prior to any renovation. The dust from this type of paint is very dangerous and should be removed by a lead certified renovation firm.

Fortunately, all of these issues can be remedied. If you are considering purchasing an older home or are thinking of renovating one, call a professional remodeler and ask them for an on-site consultation to identify any potential issues.

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