An old house can have its charms, but it doesn’t have to look dilapidated. Here are 3 ways to make your old house look new again without spending a fortune.
In many cases when dealing with a home that has been around for generations, you may be tempted to start replacing everything just to get it looking and feeling like new again. What you need to know is that you really do not have to this, at least not replace everything. That will not only cost you an arm and a leg, but it will also completely change the face of that beautiful antique house (in most cases, not for the better).
Experts say that in a home, only the kitchen and bathroom ever really needs replacing. Everything else can be fixed as time goes. With proper maintenance, you only need to spend a little money and time on repairs. Here are 3 wonderfully easy ways to make your home look new again.
Fix those drafty windows
Old houses used to have grand windows that really let in the light. In many ways, these windows were a huge part of the house’s character. If you have such big windows, it is inevitable that they will slowly begin to rattle, become difficult to operate and start letting in icy drafts. Even though you might be tempted to replace them with newer, easier to operate options, doing so will completely mess up the house’s character. Plus it will cost you upwards of £2,000.
Instead, you can hire a window restoration expert in the form of your local carpenter. For about £100 each, your local carpenter will replace the rusty hardware, remove built-up paint, weatherstrip gaps, and wax the rails. This makes those beautiful windows easy to operate again and those icy cold drafts from seeping in at a fraction of the cost.
Fix cracked plaster walls and squeaky wood floors
Just because your walls are full of fissures and chips does not mean that you have to replace that rustic-looking handmade plaster with prefab wallboards. Doing so will cost you about £500 a room and it will completely destroy the original wood trim. Instead, you can find a local contractor who specialises in old houses and commission them to restore the old plaster. They can reattach it using special washers and use a plaster like skim coat to finish it off thus saving you money, making the walls look new again and preserving that antique look.
The same goes for squeaky wood floors. Hire a good woodworker who will sink micro-head screws through the floorboards and into the framing below. This will stop the boards from rubbing together and creating that deafening creaky sound.
Paint it over
There are very few things quite as refreshing for an old house like a fresh coat of paint. This might take days to complete and cost you a pretty penny, but it will be worth it. Once all is done, the house will look and even smell new. Plus, a fresh coat of paint will usually hide those little cracks on the wall that do not affect the structural integrity of the house but simply make it look worn down.
Before you think about replacing everything, talk to an expert first and see what can be repaired. In many cases, you will find that you can save a tonne of money this way, preserve that antique look and keep your house looking as good as new while you are at it.
If you’re looking to renovate a property you wish to sell, low-cost property renovations becomes even more important to maximise your profits. But these types of renovations are slightly different because your focus should be more on increasing property value, and not so much your personal taste.
Because of the rising popularity of Reno shows like Property Brothers, famed investors like Rick Otton already has podcast episodes dedicated to fixing and flipping for profit. And these little tidbits are actually good references for low-cost projects.