Older homes are something that many of us think would be lovely to live in – often quirky and carrying with them a sense of nostalgia. However, if you are thinking of buying an older property, here are three things to think about beforehand…
Pipes that are older are often found in older properties of course, and this can lead to problems in the colder months. Older pipes are more prone to being damaged or in need of repair, so it might be a good idea to get a plumber to replace pipes in an older property with more modern parts like copper pipes and copper pipe fittings like these https://watkinspowis.co.uk/products/copper-pipe-fittings-and-press-systems before anything goes wrong with them.
Something to be careful of in older properties is making changes, as many older buildings are listed. Before you make any changes to the building it is a good idea to check what you can and cannot do. Even if the property is not listed, be aware of the materials that may have been used at the time of the building which could be toxic like asbestos, as well as the fact that some older properties will need a specialist who is used to these older building methods to work with them – a good example of this is replacing a thatched roof.
Many older properties will have been built in a time when cars were not even invented, so parking can be something that may be a problem, usually if the house in in a town centre. If you are considering purchasing an older property, this is something to look out for.