Old homes are beautiful. They have classic, historical charm that is hard to find in any modern home. But older homes also come with features that are less than desirable. Here are five essential upgrades to consider when you buy an old home:
1. Electric rewire
An electric rewire is an important upgrade to increase the safety of your old home. Modern appliances can place a huge strain on old electrical systems that can put you at risk of an electrical fire. Older electrical system are designed to handle about 60 amps, while modern electronics can demand up to 200 amps of power. An electrician can determine how much rewiring your home needs and give you an estimate.
2. Modern kitchen
Homes show their age in the kitchen. While some aspects of an old home add charm, an outdated kitchen detracts from your home's beauty. A fresh coat of paint, new cabinets, a granite countertop, and new appliances increase the value of your home. Depending on whether the home has been remodeled before, you may need to add essentials to the kitchen including a garbage disposal and a dishwasher hookup.
3. Bathroom and plumbing
Your bathroom may need significant upgrades. Unless you have an antique tub, your tub and shower is likely dingy and old. Replace the old sink and bathtub with new styles that mirror old bathrooms. A brand-new, claw foot bathtub and a porcelain sink with old style knobs and faucets brighten your bathroom while keeping the overall vibe of your home. You may need to update some of the plumbing to meet modern requirements.
Insulation in older homes tends to be lacking. The walls were built thinner, and the material used in insulation is not as efficient as modern insulation. In order to keep heating and cooling costs down, you're going to need to upgrade your insulation. A contractor can open up your walls and replace the old material. He or she can also insulate your attic and crawlspaces.
You should consider replacing your roof, especially if the home still has the original one. The material on the roof may be crumbling and wearing away. If left untouched, you could wind up with a huge leak and water damage when it rains. A newer roof can not only shelter you from the rain, but it can keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In fact, 25% of energy costs can come from the roof.
These are five upgrades that are essential for an older home. Contact a contractor like Nicholas Electric Co for more information and an estimate.