Older homes should never be dismissed simply because of their age. Many of them have strong bones and solid foundations and only need cosmetic repairs. If you’re thinking of purchasing an older home, be sure you’re aware of common problems that can often plague these beautiful and stylish structures. The team at DJL Builders Inc. has seen many of these issues and has been able to effectively restore many of these homes to their original like-new condition.
4. Roofs in Disrepair
A roof that was not maintained or repaired correctly can lead to water damage and poor energy efficiency throughout the home. Various signs of an older or unmaintained roof include water spots on exterior walls, cracked shingles, and warped or missing tiles. You’ll also want to check the condition of the flashing around the chimney and eaves and check the attic for moisture on the sheeting and planking.
5. Electrical Issues
Electrical problems can be so aggravating but they can also be a major fire hazard if not properly addressed. Some homes that were built around the 1950s and 1960s have knob-and-tube wiring. Before signing on the dotted line, we recommend that a licensed electrician inspect this older and out-of-date electrical system. If it’s still in working condition, the home is usually safe to live in.
6. Old Windows & Doors
The main issue with old windows and doors is how they promote poor energy efficiency. Outdated windows and doors that no longer fit properly allow heat to escape in winter and cannot contain cold air in the summer. Consider how many windows and doors will need to be replaced, and their related costs, when looking at purchasing the home.
Restore Your Home with DJL
If you absolutely love your new older Novi home but wish to make some repairs or renovations, call DJL today at (734) 259-5355 to request a consultation. We have experience with a wide range of home renovations including basement finishing, kitchen remodeling, whole home remodeling, and more.
Source: Landon, Dena. “Good Bones or Money Pit? How to Buy the Right Older Home for You.” Blog article. Homelight. Homelight, Inc., 10 Jan. 2020. Web. 28 Sep. 2022.