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Tips for Rehabbing an Old Home

Posted by Veronica On February - 13 - 2015

B7DBB4D6DE5943C16FAF6D7DF387D If you’ve purchased a lovely Maine home that’s older, one of the things you may want to do is consider rehabbing it. There’s a lot that can be done to make an older home more efficient, and to help keep the costs of operating and maintaining it down to a reasonable level. Some people are focused only on the cosmetics of their home when they rehab it, but others want to make sure they have a home that’s up to code and designed to be more modern, while still retaining the beauty of the older style and all of its charm.

If you plan to rehab the entire house, it can be easiest to work from the top down, and from the outside in. The roof, siding, and other outdoor areas can be repaired, replaced, updated, corrected, or anything else they need. Once all of that has been completed, it is easier to move indoors and focus on the systems that need rehabing. Often, electrical and plumbing are needed when it comes to updating, because they are older and do not work as efficiently as they would in a newer home. The electrical will also not be up to current code, which could put you and the home’s other inhabitants at risk.

Making the electrical safe and ensuring the plumbing works properly are both big parts of rehabing a home, especially when it is very old and hasn’t had work done on it in the past. Fortunately, there are many companies that specialize in home rehab, and there are also a number of ways you can learn how to do rehab work on your own, which can save you a lot of money and give you pride of ownership that will come with your home when its finished and the beauty of it is shining through.

All the systems that can’t easily be seen can cost a lot of money to rehab, but once they are finished they should work well for as long as you own the home. From that point, much of the rehab of the home will be cosmetic. There are floors to refinish, cabinets to update, and walls to be painted, among other things. The more rehab work you do yourself, the better off you’ll be financially, but there’s nothing wrong with calling in the professionals if you’re not completely sure how to do something or you don’t have the time.

No matter whether you do the rehab work yourself or you decide to have the home rehabed by professionals under your supervision, you can end up with a great-looking Maine home that has been lovingly restored and modernized. That can give you a home you’ll be happy to own, and one you can enjoy for a very long time to come. Generations of your family can appreciate everything that has gone into the home, and you’ll have some great memories of all the time and effort that went into turning the home into your dream place to live.

About the Author

As a broker specializing in multi-units and single family homes in Southern Maine, Veronica Schneider joined the real estate industry in August of 2004 bringing with her over eight years of experience in real estate management. You can find Veronica and Green Tree Realty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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