Home restoration pitfalls: What to know before you buy

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Older homes often have decorative qualities and eclectic nuances not often found in newer houses. If...

Older homes often have decorative qualities and eclectic nuances not often found in newer houses. If you dream of owning an older home, it is important to really have the house inspected carefully. Many older houses need extensive home restoration in order for you to live in them. Restoration may add on to the overall cost of the home. Do you know what to expect when restoring a home? Let's take a look!

You don't want an older home that looks old, but more importantly you don't want an older home that is not functional. For example, plumbing that is decades or even centuries old can contain lead, rust or corrosion. Replacing the plumbing in an entire house is a big job but can quickly turn an older house into one that's updated enough to use. Find a local plumber in the Atlanta area who understands the ins and outs of working on older homes.

Flooring makes or breaks a home, especially in an older home that may have decades or centuries-old flooring. The size of your home restoration project depends on how much of the flooring needs replacement. Flooring specialists in Georgia charge a lot less for replacing hardwood or carpeting in an older home than replacing the underlying subflooring along with it. An inspector can look at the flooring in the older home to tell you if it needs replacement. If the wood flooring in the older home looks good, keep it! Nothing looks more authentic than 100-year-old wood floors with intricate designs and exotic woods.


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