How to Care For An Aging Home

Older homes certainly have their charms—the old décor, the vibrant sense of life, the rickety, rackety floorboards—but they also require a lot of upkeep.  For those who live in older homes, you know first-hand how hard maintaining your home can be.  That’s why it’s important to know the ins and outs of basic home management in order to keep your older home in tip-top shape.  Below is a list of the three most common problems with aging homes and tips on how to fix them.

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How to care for an old houseOne of the most important things to consider when caring for an older home is how well insulated it is. Poor insulation will result in a dramatic spike in your monthly utility bills, as it wastes energy and causes your home’s appliances to work overtime.  To check your home’s insulation, go through and make sure there are no open cracks or drafts within your home and that your walls are sealed.  For older homes, cracks in the foundation are more common, so it’s important to scour your home with a fine-toothed comb.

  • -One of the main culprits for poor insulation—especially in older homes—is the attic.  If you feel your attic has a backdraft, then it’s quite possible it’s poorly insulated, in which case you’ll need to go through and caulk in areas where you feel air either coming in or escaping.  The attic floor is often the main culprit in poor insulation, and because of the wear and tear of time it may be beneficial to look into revamping your attic’s floorboards.
  • -Another important area to check is your basement.  Since basements are usually drafty and moist by nature it may be harder for you to determine if there indeed is a problem with your insulation.  Again, check for cracks and any areas with drafts.
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Maya Rodgers

Maya Rodgers is a pet owner, animal lover, and small-time environmental activist who always keeps her ears open for ways to green herself and her family. She makes a living helping others combat fleas, but mostly aids people in pest consultation at Terminix. Learn more at about her passion and experience at her blog.