For both new homeowners and seasoned property veterans, caring for your new acquisition is key to getting a return on investment. There are plenty of different aspects of homecare to consider, from regular cleaning to condensation management, but most of these are superficial. Not many people consider the changes they can make to help their property last longer as a whole.
Whether you’re a current homeowner or just investigating homeownership, there is always a chance that you will acquire an older property. When buying a house, there is a vast range of things to consider and age is definitely near the top of that list. Whilst many older homes are extremely sturdy, it doesn’t change the fact that they can have small niggling issues that become big over time.
In particular, many of these properties lack core structural improvements that could lead to irreparable damage. This short guide is designed to help you keep in mind those home renovations that could save your property down the line. After all, preventing an issue from occurring is much better than trying to fix it once it happens.
The first point to consider is that a lot of older properties have basements or cellars. Traditionally, these basements were damp, dark and dingy environments which were primarily for storage. The reason for the dampness of these spaces is the fact that they are not effectively waterproofed. Groundwater can seep through the walls into the basement over time, both weakening the wall and the way in which the cellar’s structure supports the rest of the property. Over time, this weakness can result in requiring serious structural work.
To avoid the risks of future threats to your home, consider getting your basement tanked (or waterproofed). There are a variety of basement tanking options, each useful for different types of cellars and environments, so be sure to get an expert opinion.
Upgrade Your Roof
Whilst the basement might be the foundation of a property, the roof is the main shelter and protector. Roofs do not have an unlimited lifespan and are susceptible to a range of different threats, from severe weather to birds and wildlife. In fact, most tile roofs last around 50 years in perfect conditions.
With a damaged or broken roof, both water and animals can begin getting into your property. Animals can begin chewing through insulation or wiring, potentially resulting in fires, whilst water can result in serious structural damage. There are countless roofing material options that can help improve your home’s lifespan, from classic tiling to lead choices. Each has its own advantages, so be sure to do your research when you look to upgrade your roof once it has lived its life.
Expert Extension Planning
Finally, whilst this isn’t a home renovation that everyone is likely to consider, it’s important to highlight the dangers of a poorly planned extension. Often, people buy a home with extensive plans to change it, rebuild it, knock down walls or add new ones elsewhere. Usually, this will have a negligible effect on the lifespan of your property, but what can have a big impact is when you choose to add to the building.
Extensions are extremely common and desirable but can have a big impact on a building’s lifespan. When installed poorly or without planning, extensions can add weight to walls which don’t have the strength to support it. This leads to bowing or bent walls and general structural weakness throughout the property. After that, it just takes a small stimulus for collapse to occur.
Home renovations are an incredibly important and popular aspect of home buying but should be handled carefully each step of the way. Always do your research to avoid accidentally reducing your property’s lifespan, and use these techniques to further secure the health of your home.