It’s a big trend right now to buy older homes. These homes have unique designs and features that you just can’t find in newer homes. Plus, the rise of home improvement programming has made everyone want to be a property flipper. Amateurs everywhere are trying to find that older gem of a home that they can fix up and redesign to look amazing.
You can find a great house and a great deal in an older property, but you also have to be careful. Older homes can have all kinds of problems that may not be apparent when you look at them. You may see that the house has good bones, but there may be problems beneath the structure that you can’t see, such as the plumbing.
Older pipes are a hidden problem in aging homes. If you don’t identify the problem soon enough, you can end up with a big, costly problem on your hands. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself if you buy an aging home:
Get a Thorough Home Inspection
A home inspection is designed to help you discover any problems with a home before you complete the purchase. If the home inspection discovers something, you have the option to back out of the sale or to demand changes from the seller.
Hire a good inspection to perform a thorough home inspection before you buy. An experienced and committed inspector should discover any problems with the plumbing. A good inspector should also be able to tell you if you are going to need a home repipe anytime soon.
Pay Close Attention
The home inspection doesn’t uncover anything, and you move in. But that doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear. When you live in an older house, the plumbing system is a ticking time bomb unless you have proof that it was replaced within a relatively recent time frame. You will need to be on guard to pick up any signs that there are problems with the plumbing.
Pay close attention to things like whether your toilet is flushing properly, whether you have good flow from the shower head, and whether your faucets are working. Listen closely for sounds like running water when no water is turned on. Any of these things can be signs that there are problems are problems with your plumbing. Some may be simple things that need repairing, but others may be signs that there is a bigger issue with your plumbing system and it needs to be replaced.
Consider the Age of the Home
No matter what kind of maintenance the home has received, there’s no getting around the fact that the plumbing system will need to be replaced if it has reached a certain age. Any home that was built in the 70s or earlier is going to be due for a repipe, no matter what kind of repairs it has received or other maintenance.
If you are looking at a home in that age range, make sure you ask about any potential home repipe that has been performed. If the seller says that the home was repiped, be sure to ask for documentation. You don’t want to be surprised later because you took someone’s word for it.
Repiping a home can be quite expensive, so it’s important that you know this could be a possibility when you buy an older home. But also know that a home repipe will last for several decades, so you will be adding value to the older home and will be protecting it. You could easily turn that older home into a treasure with the right upgrades, including a home repipe.
Integrity Repipe can give your aging home a new life with repiping. We can replace that older system with something that is energy-efficient, anti-corrosive, and resistant to freezing, ensuring not only that your newly purchased home doesn’t experience any problems, but also that it functions optimally. You can add functionality that the house never had when it was built. Bring your older home into modern times and make it sure it has a bright future. Call us today to work with one of our repiping plumbers and protect your new investment.
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