Though the age of information has seen people become increasingly obsessed with what’s new and following the latest trends, many of us still harbor an appreciation, bordering on nostalgia, for antiques, old objects, and the vintage aesthetic. Especially as the millennial generation continues to age and grows in its spending power, the appeal of older properties can become an important consideration. Old houses have roots in the community and stories to tell; for some, their aesthetic value can be unmatched by newly built properties. But over the years, houses age and develop certain common issues. Even if you’ve lived in a home for a long time and perform regular maintenance, these changes can unfold over time without being noticed, as opposed to those which crop up every few weeks or months.
Vigilant residents and diligent homeowners know to address problems as soon as possible. Unexpected moisture may indicate a leak, which requires urgent attention to prevent bigger issues such as mold formation or water damage. Naturally, these are problems you’d want to uncover during an inspection of an older home that’s been unoccupied for some time. On the other hand, structural issues happen over the long term and are more costly to fix. In areas with sandy or clay-rich soil like Ogden, for instance, moisture absorption causes the ground underneath foundations to expand unevenly over time; concrete leveling is an efficient solution for this problem. The roof is another area that can be ignored over the years, as it mostly stays out of sight of the owner. But even without warning signs such as leaks, roofing materials deteriorate with the constant exposure to the elements. A roof inspection will determine if it’s time for a replacement or repair.
Homes may age gracefully in terms of aesthetic qualities, but several features may need to move with the times. Essential appliances such as the HVAC system or water heater often come pre-installed when a new owner moves in; not only do these have an estimated service lifespan, they also become less efficient over time unless specific maintenance procedures are observed. Electrical systems are another critical component requiring proper inspection. Circuit breakers, service panels, and the insulation of electrical wires have an effective lifespan as well; beyond this threshold, the risk of a short circuit, power failure, or fire hazard increases. Making these select updates is simply a matter of maintaining safety within the home.
New design needs
While some properties are maintained in nearly the same condition over the years due to historical value, most houses undergo various changes as they cycle through a series of occupants. You may prefer vintage items to be in their original, untouched form; but homes are renovated to adapt to the needs of people over the years, and moving forward, if you live in or purchase an older property, you may find that the design needs to be adapted to suit your lifestyle. Steep staircases may be stylish yet unsuitable for young children; old glass windows might have nostalgic charm, but offer limited insulating properties, leading to increased energy consumption for heating.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a useful proverb, but when it comes to living in an older property, these long-term changes in quality, features, and lifestyle needs make it a good idea to undertake the corresponding adjustments.