How to Tackle Common Problems Found in Older Homes

If you recently purchased an older home or you’ve been living in one already for quite some time, you’re bound to encounter common problems that occur in houses as a result of age. Thankfully, there are several easy ways to tackle these issues without having to become too stressed throughout the process. Check out the tips below, whether you’re the type of DIY homeowner who would rather attempt fixing problems yourself or you prefer to call professional repair companies.

Poor Quality Insulation

Insulation in older homes is often not of the highest quality, and some homes don’t contain any insulation at all, depending upon the year that they were built. This means that you have to deal with fluctuating extreme temperatures as the seasons change because your home will be ill-equipped to trap heat inside during the winter and keep heat outside during the summer. And this can all result in you feeling extremely uncomfortable, as well as spending a lot more money than you should have to on your energy bills.

Blow-in insulation is a great solution to this problem because it eliminates the need for costly removal of your drywall to have a layer of insulation added. This type of insulation requires that you merely cut small holes in your walls and pump insulation through these holes. Though blow-in insulation won’t be as good as fibreglass insulation, it’s a more affordable, and less invasive, option.

Old, Dated Looking Radiators

Once better insulation is in place, you can also go a step further and upgrade your heating system with upright radiators by that will not only pump heat effectively into every room in your home, but also look great and modernise your space at the same time so your home won’t look so old, even though it is.

Not Enough Storage Space

Older homes are typically lacking in large closets and storage space. But there are some effective ways to tackle this problem without breaking the bank. Simply start by looking for storage spaces in unexpected places throughout your property. These may include areas like those beneath and between your windows, where you can install cabinets for storing items or clothing. You can also create your own closet in a room if it’s large enough to do so. Do it yourself or hire a builder to install extra walls and a door that can serve as your new closet.

Old Electrical Systems

An old electrical system can increase your risk of electrocution and fire, whether you have frayed or cracked insulation on your electrical wiring, your home has old aluminium wires, or you have a circuit breaker that’s outdated. Signs that you should call an electrician include flickering lights, a tripping circuit breaker, and frayed wires.

With so many ways to easily tackle the common issues that homeowners face in older homes, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to take in the charm and character that comes with these properties. A few simple upgrades can make a huge difference and bring your home into the modern era.

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  • GRP Designs

    in addition to the blow in insulation, we would recommend double glazing the windows, as a way to add additional insulation to these old homes. That can be less expensive then changing all the house windows with new ones…

  • Eva Cooper

    Thanks for sharing the article, very useful. A great idea is to hire professional builders to inspect the house and do what has to be done.

  • Matilda Sherman

    Nice, informative article!

    Having insufficient storage space can really be a problem, however we do it to ourselves for the most part. So much useless stuff is being stored for extended periods of times, I have a hard time to believe it sometimes. For instance, my grandmother has a whole basement full of god-knows-what, she doesn’t really use 90% of the stuff there and it all gets to sit around for 20+ years.

    I would just toss everything I no longer need – practical, simple, effective. Period. But at the same time, I fully realise not all people are like myself – they just want to hold on to their things indefinitely.

    There is actually money to be made out of useless items. Garage sale or recycling or offering people to reuse in exchange for other items or money – there really are options.

    About the electrical systems – since most of the works are inserted in the walls, its hard to replace it all without turning the place into a full blown construction site to be honest. Yes, sockets and other outer components that are easily accessible are the ones people go for and that’s something I guess. But it should also be noted that older electric systems are 1) more vulnerable to malfunction 2) potentially dangerous, may damage devices or cause fire.

    Renting in an old place is the worst though – you just don’t care enough to tackle all the issues and just assume the risks.

    Anyhow, thanks for posting!

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  • George Wilson

    There are a lot more things that you should replace in old buildings like water pipes, sewage, windows maybe the roof. You need to clean absolutely everything. You have to throw away the old carpets, rugs and all the furniture. But the quality of the old buildings is much better, than new ones.

  • Mike Varengas

    Poor quality insulation is very common I would say. Newer buildings are accounting and compensating for this. Another point I’d like to mention is isolation actually and the fact the outside of the building is normally left out on the mercy of time. Decay and tear show well in the façade.

    If well isolated as well as insulated, a home’s energy efficiency can be drastically improved. That would be one of the main things I’d tackle if I had to deal with an old building – deal with the main structural components first and in this case, this would be the walls.

    Storage space could be an issue indeed, provided there is no loft or a spacious enough cellar.

    Thanks for the good post!

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  • Rhia Styles

    Brilliantly written article! Love the whole blog, so informative!

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  • Dobri Todorov

    That was very helpful. Thank you.

  • Tyra

    Yep you have missed some of them, still thanks for the tips!

  • Arthur Wilson

    Really good post – interesting that old wiring was brought up. Can be quite dangerous in old properties, especially if there’s a damp problem too.

    Insulation will always be a big problem. Quite a few older buildings especially in quaint villages are grade listed so no changes can be made!

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  • GRP Designs

    Have you considered old windows and doors, these can be very pricey to replace but extremely important for safety and insulation. You can always find good offers with the local suppliers especially if you decide to replace them all, but still….

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  • George Potter

    Nice article. When it comes to older homes then it’s true that many owners are facing a weak insulation which usually causes mould problems. Here is a useful article on how to get rid of mould, you might like it too!

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  • Robert Osborne

    Blow-in insulation is great here, quite a bit cheaper as well. I’ve found it works just about as well as the fiberglass stuff.

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  • Andrew

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