Restoring old homes can be taxing.
If you’re in a position where you need to decide whether to restore your old home or move on, we’re here to help. Old houses are beautiful and carry with them so much character and so many memories. An old home can, at times, need some serious TLC.
Before deciding to move, everyone should consider whether or not it would be worth it to restore their old house.
We’ve been in the home renovation business for many years, and that’s why we’re here today to help you decide whether you’re going to stay in your home and renovate or move on to something newer. Here are some key questions to ask yourself.
What Does the Roof Look Like?
One of the first questions anyone looking to undergo a restoration project of an older home should consider is the roof’s condition. Water damage can cause extensive harm to a home and lead to severe problems. When you’re inspecting your roof, there are specific signs that you can look for to tell you whether or not there is water damage. Here’s a helpful list.
Inspecting from the inside:
- Water damage on the ceiling – this can show itself is dark circles or a sagging ceiling.
- Water damage around the tops of exterior or interior walls.
- Water present in the attic. Older homes often have attics, be sure to make sure there isn’t water inside.
Inspecting from the outside:
- Missing granules on the shingles. Granules are the small rock pieces that are present on asphalt shingles. They begin to wear off over time as the shingles age.
- Missing shingles can be seen from the ground most times, and looking for them can help you ensure that your roof isn’t leaking.
- Gutters, if present, often can become plugged and lead to water damage along the edges of the roof and foundation of the home.
- A sagging roof is a tell-tale sign of water damage that has caused the roof to warp and should not be taken lightly. If you see any big sags, be sure to contact your local roofing company so that they can take a look at what it might take to get that roof fixed.
Does the House Provide Ample Space?
If you’re a young couple that’s looking to start a family, you should be asking if the house will provide ample space in the long run. Restoring an old house is no small task, and in most cases, you’re not going to want to quickly move out after spending so much time restoring, renovating, and remodeling.
If you’re an older couple, possibly retired or living as empty nesters, you might also consider the size of the home that you want to restore. While renovating a home will increase the resale value, it is also costly. Old houses may need many improvements, so be sure to decide on a budget that makes sense and works for you.
Is the Home in a Good Location?
Location is mostly based on opinion, but in some cases, you’ll want to dig into the location a little further than your opinion of it. In some cases, homes are built to a specific standard throughout an entire area. When you make improvements to your home, you’ll want to be sure that the value of the house doesn’t exceed the value of other houses making it difficult to sell in the future.
Additionally, look into the schools and the community. Is this a place where you’d want to raise a family, continue your career, and a place that another family would like to do that in the future. The time will come when the house needs to be sold and to ensure that it is sold quickly and for a reasonable price, you’ll want it to be in a desirable location.
If you’re looking to restore your older house, we’re here for you. At Thomas Buckborough & Associates, we work hard to create dream homes for every one of our clients. From simple restoration projects to renovating and remodeling entire houses, there is nothing that we’ll stop at to ensure that the job is done right. Spend some time looking at our gallery to learn more about some of the projects that we’ve recently completed and reach out to us today to get started on your project!