With the current downturn in the housing market, there are lots of good value properties available to choose from. Some of them may be in need of major refurbishment. Choosing an older house has many benefits. The main one is that the property will probably have lots of character. There will be details already in the house that you do not see that often in modern houses such as intricate detailed ceiling cornices, panels doors, wall panelling, carved woodwork, etc. The majority of these features are not put into newer properties as they are too expensive to create. Another benefit with refurbishing an older property is that the main structure and roof is already there. Although it may need some attention, you are not starting completely from scratch like building a new home.
One major problem that affects almost all older properties is dampness in some form or other. Over the years if a property is not maintained well, it will deteriorate. If water is allowed to enter the property, this can lead to all sorts of problems. It can come from everywhere through the roof, leaking pipes, through the walls, rising from ground level up through the floors and walls, etc. With careful attention, it can all be successfully fixed.
Dampness from a leaking water pipe or a leaking …Read More