Buying a property is often a beloved. Many future owners turn to the old: atypical houses, with cachet, solid walls and prospects for work which give way to imagination. The renovation of an old house is not always a piece of cake. However, it is a necessary step to make your real estate purchase a comfortable place to live.
Renovating an old house, the advantages
The benefits of buying old
Some owners wish to acquire a space which is immediately habitable and which does not require significant work. As a result, there is little chance that they will make a proposal on an old property. However, if estimating the cost of the work to make an old house a habitable property, help you to bargain the price of the home. Thus, negotiating the price of an old house is simpler than that of an already refurbished apartment. Less competition on a file, easier to lower the cost, and a good with cachet. So the old one is an ace idea!
Renovate or restore an old house?
A distinction must be made between restoration and renovation. An old building can be restored, that is to say, refurbished, according to its initial state. It is an option to consider if the property matches your real desires and if the scope of work is not enormous. But if you are really adventurous and want to create a space in your image, renovation is essential. Walls, roofs, floors, and even the structure of rooms, anything can go through it. The only limit is your imagination!
Prepare your renovation project well
The diagnosis of the house!
As with any large-scale project, before you start renovating an old house, you must first prepare yourself well. Before any work, it is strongly advised to make a complete diagnosis of the house: insulation, energy, plumbing, interior fittings. Then, if you’re a good handyman, determine the tasks that you can do yourself and estimate those that will have to be done by a pro.
Ask yourself the right questions
When renovating an old house, you may be tempted to want to “break everything” to rebuild better. Or perhaps it is better to keep some aspects of your property and thus preserve its character.
The stages of renovation of an old house
The first step is to clean up your home: asbestos, humidity, radon, elimination of pests, etc. Once the diagnosis and the sanitation have been done, it is necessary to move on to the structural work. For instance: foundations, roofing, framework, etc. Then the plumbing and electricity are to be brought up to standard to prevent any risk of an incident. Now it’s time to insulate your old house. Keep in mind that a well-insulated building is a less energy-consuming space. Finally, the covering of floors and walls will undoubtedly be a subject of a long debate in DIY and decoration stores. As for the layout of your interior and furnishings, this will be the icing on the cake!
What to know before starting renovation
Life goes on…during construction
You don’t renovate an old house in one day. This is why most owners choose to renovate their property piece by piece. Some renovation projects can be spread over several months. It is always best to leave your house, a room where you can stay. It will evade you from astronomical hotel bills or a prolonged stay with friends or family.
Small guide to renovating at low budget
Here is our guide to avoiding any unnecessary extra cost when renovating your home.
An urge to renovate your home before the summer despite an ultra-tight budget? Tips exist to help you reduce the bill. But be aware that doing some work by yourself is far from always the best solution. Tutorials and online advice sites can provide you great help. Follow our guide to avoid any unnecessary extra costs.
You can easily purchase raw and insulating materials in specialized supermarkets with savings. Do not hesitate, therefore to compare prices of stores before making your glass or rock wool purchases, BA13, blocks, or bricks.
You can use carpet, parquet, and tiles for floor coverings. If you are a good handyman, you can do it without a professional.
Avoid buying your pots in large DIY stores. The concentration of pigments is less critical, and their recovery indices are therefore much lower. Count Three to four coats instead of just two with professional paint. Good to know: more and more professionals can reproduce the reference to a color chart from a major brand that you like at a lower