An old house that is half a century old, or even hundreds of years old, has such a strong character, which sometimes attracts some people to live in it. However, because it is old, it is natural that many parts and corners of the house are damaged, dull, and even disappear.
Some of us may have inherited our parents’ home, and our parents told us to live in that place. If the old house is still in a well-maintained state, it certainly won’t be a problem. In another case, if the house is an old house that has not been occupied for a long time, there will certainly be many problems and damage that occurs. Recognize the problems surrounding the old house, the parts that are often damaged in the old house, and how to repair and renovate the old house.
1. Problems with ceilings, floors, walls and support furnishing
Old houses that have not been occupied for a long time usually have major problems, namely broken ceilings and dirty, slightly cracked floors. In addition, sometimes accompanied by walls that are slightly cracked and covered with moss. If this happens to your old home, thorough cleaning and replacement are required. For cracked ceilings and floors, of course, we must remove them one by one, then we can replace them with new ones.
As for the cracked wall, we can overcome it by patching and reinforcing it again with cement. But if the rift is severe enough, of course, the wall needs to be torn down before it befalls those nearby. After the old wall is broken down, you can build a new wall.
One more aspect of an old house that is prone to damage when eroded by age, that is a supporting pole, whether it’s building support poles or roof support poles. Poles in ancient houses are usually made of quite large wood. These woods may look solid and strong on the outside, and the surface is still smooth. However, who would have thought if the inside of the wood might have been attacked by termites, which could result in poles collapse easily at any time. So, even though it looks sturdy, it is advisable to keep checking this section.
2. Problems in the kitchen and bathroom
The kitchen and bathroom are the two areas that are most often and most quickly eroded by age. In an old house, the kitchen often has a leak in the drain. In addition, faucets and waterways are also often clogged or blocked by foreign objects. Not only that, sometimes problems in the kitchen include mossy sinks, rusty stoves, and dish racks, decaying ceilings, and so on. So, pay more attention to this area. Before repairing, clean the kitchen as a whole. Then, repair the damaged and rusty parts. If necessary replace damaged parts with new ones.
The bathroom is also an area that is usually a bit neglected. Bathroom floors are often overgrown with moss, especially if rarely cleaned. In addition, faucets and drains are also often problematic. Investigate the problem one by one, then start fixing the topmost location of the bathroom (ceiling, lights, shower), then gradually fix the parts at the bottom (tiles, bath up).
3. Problems with lighting and other electronic equipment
Because it has been unoccupied for a long time, it is natural that the house does not have electricity. This makes the lighting, electrical systems, air conditioners, and electronic equipment inside damaged because they have been left unused for a long time. So, check the electrical system in the house. In lighting systems, for example. Lighting or light bulbs that are not used for a long time usually turn yellow and there is a cobweb around it. Automatically this indicates that the light bulb has broken.
4. Check the condition of the park, entrance, and fence
In renovating and rearranging old houses, we don’t just need to pay attention to the interior. The outside of the room is also important to note. If in the old house there is a garden or garden, of course, you must clean it before rearranging the garden. Considering that it has not been inhabited for a long time, the garden must have been neglected, many plants died, and weeds grew everywhere. Do the cleaning, then continue by removing dead plants and pulling weeds, so that the land appears empty and airy. Give a little fertilizer, then till the soil. After settling for several weeks, the soil is ready to be planted again with new plants.
In addition to the park, the entrance is also an aspect that must be seen, whether the paving is still good or not. After that, also check the fence. If it is made of iron, there might be a little rust on the surface, and it needs to be repainted or replaced. If the fence is made of wood, it is not impossible that the wood has been decayed, bearing in mind that for years it has been exposed to weather outside and direct sunlight.