Living in an old home is the dream of many as the majesty and history of the unique building draws them in with the stylish construction designs. There is a grandeur in many older homes that can not be found in modern constructions. However, there can also be problems with the historical constructions. If you are purchasing an old home, look for these three problems before you buy.
If the home you are considering buying was built before 1978 there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. If there is any peeling, chipping, chalking, or flaking, have a company come in and sand the area down. When the paint begins to chalk, the surfaces can be especially dangerous to children because they touch areas and then put their hands into their mouths. Lead paint is considered toxic to pets and children by the EPA.
Old homes have had many years to settle, and they can do that several times as the earth tremors occur, nearby blasting happens, earthquakes a few hundred miles away shake the area, or ice storms move the silt or land in your yard. Cracks can appear in your foundation, and sometimes you need foundation repairs Tulsa OK to keep the home from leaning or tilting. Signs the building has settled unevenly include cracks above windows sills or finding doors or windows that no longer open or close.
Asbestos products were commonly used in building construction for almost a century. About 20 years ago, that ended. The problem with asbestos is that you can’t see it, but the fibers can come loose and enter your bronchial passages, sometimes leading to breathing problems. The only way to makes sure your home or building is asbestos free is to have an inspector collect a few samples and take them in for testing.
You can buy a unique piece of the past, but you should know what you are getting into before you buy. Then, take pride in your ownership and your slice of the past.