Maintaining an old house can seem like a full time job at times. Old homes were built with materials and in a manner that requires regular maintenance. While this maintenance requires time, it is ultimately a more affordable option than today’s home design of replacement rather than repair.
Regularly inspecting your old house is a must. You’ll find little issues to fix before they become big issues that require big time and money. Follow these inspection schedules and you’ll steer clear of most catastrophes that sneak up on other homeowners.
If you have an old house, the best way to keep your repair costs down is by practicing preventative maintenance measures throughout the year. And how do you know when you need to do that maintenance? That’s what we’ll talk about here.
- Clean gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris
- Inspect roofing materials (shingles, flashing, gutters, fascia) for any damage
- Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to HVAC condensate line to prevent mildew buildup
- Clean refrigerator coils
- Change air filters every 3-6 months
- Touch up any chipped/missing exterior paint
- Check for any areas of standing water on or around house
- Inspect historic windows for any loose or missing glazing putty and any signs of rot
- Check chimney cap for any damage or cracks
- Keep all branches away from house and roof to prevent rot or wind damage
- Inspect for any gaps in siding
This list is pretty simple and straight forward, but it has the power to save you buckets of money and hassle. Set aside one Sunday every six months and take inventory of your biggest investment. If you find any of these issues, resolve them quickly and you’ll prevent them from becoming subject to the mushroom effect.
You can also see the presentation I did for Tampa Preservation regarding Preventative Maintenance right here.
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I love old houses, working with my hands, and teaching others the excitment of doing it yourself! Everything is teachable if you only give it the chance.