The benefits of living in an older home are numerous. You get the character and charm that some people spend hundreds of dollars trying to recreate. An old home is also a piece of history and is authentic and unique, unlike some of today’s houses, it tells a story. The problem is, older houses can require some serious upkeep. From maintaining the furniture to keeping the air moist, and the chimney intact, here’s a guide to maintaining your old home…
The Guttering, Chimney, And Roof
If you live in an old home you need to be particularly vigilant. Gutters and drains need to be checked at least twice a year, as do chimneys and woodwork. Over time the elements can batter old homes and leave them in need of some TLC. Regular checks can help to maintain original features, rather than having to replace them. Clean the gutters, or hire someone to help you, by removing all of the debris that could have become trapped. This includes any leaves or other debris. Check the roof too. You’ll have to look out for signs of rust and any missing tiles. Similarly, give your chimney a once-over to ensure there is no cracks or damage.
Old houses have a tendency to be too dry or too moist. Lots of people who live in older homes complain that the air is too dry. This can result in dry skin, infections, and even damaged furniture. It can also exacerbate conditions like asthma. Needless to say, living in this type of environment is uncomfortable. However, there are measures you can take to fix the problem. Dave & Kelly’s Heating & Cooling have humidifiers which target the whole house, as well as specific rooms. Alternatively, there are some natural measures you can take. Plants are a good addition to a dry home as they bring some much-needed moisture. If you have the opposite problem, you can also purchase dehumidifiers too.
If you have old or antique pieces of furniture, you’ll need to look after these too. Seats and sofas which are starting to feel flat may need to be reupholstered. You’ll need to see a specialist for this as it takes skill to preserve antique furniture. You’ll also need to coat any wood with a protective layer. This will help it to last longer. If you have to, you can repaint your furniture too. If you want to modernize, consider painting old furniture in bright primary colors, or even a pure white.This can bring an eclectic feel to an old house. If you want to stay true to the antique look, get a paint which matches the current woodwork.
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