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The Older House: Ongoing Inspections

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The Older House: Ongoing Inspections

You had your house inspected before making the purchase in order to fully understand the value of your investment and know what you were getting into. You probably understand ongoing inspections are important to catch problems before they escalate into more expensive repair bills. Ongoing inspections are important with new homes, but even more so if you’ve decided to take on the style of an older house.

Foundation

The foundation of an older house has to be regularly inspected as it can cause disastrous failure to the home if problems aren’t caught immediately. Some settling is expected over time, but the foundation still has to perform its main duty of supporting the house and directing water away. If the drainage system fails, water backs up and soaks through the concrete and will cause the foundation to crack and separate. If such a problem is determined in time, it can be repaired. If you wait until water is pouring into the basement or crawl space, it’s likely too late for inexpensive repairs to fix the problem.

Electric

Older electric systems weren’t built to the exacting standards of today’s codes. Generally they still work and are acceptable for modern lifestyles, but sometimes they aren’t. Old wiring and fuses can potentially be a fire hazard and eventually need to be replaced. Further, modern appliances can put undue stress on older wiring which wasn’t designed for the stress caused by the amount of power used in today’s homes.

Plumbing

Plumbing is another aspect of the home which is used differently today than a hundred, or even fifty, years ago. Older pipes can notably develop slow drips which cause higher water bills and a waste of water which is not very eco-friendly. There’s also the matter in which modern appliances simply use less water than the ones from days of yore, so inspections allow you to find and correct such problems before they arise.

Roof

Roofs are often overlooked yet can cause huge problems when they fail to properly function. It’s essential with an older home to inspect the roof and correct any potential problems before they become worse. If you wait until water is coming into your house when it rains, the damage is already much deeper and requires a bigger repair than simply replacing a few shingles. Catching and fixing roofing problems before they cause more damage makes sense both economically and practically.

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