Old homes are prevalent in some states in the US. These old homes are kept well, have a good rustic look to them, and remind people of architecture back in the good-old-days. About 27 million homes are aged between 11 and 20 years old, and 26 million homes are aged between 21 and 30 years old back in 2020. These homes are still being sold in the market. Some of these homes are owned by the new generation of homeowners.
However, some of these old homes can look quite depreciated. Some wooden parts may have grown rotten due to termite infestation, or it might just be because of the weather. Some exterior parts might have broken down simply because of their old age. All of these problems are normal for houses that have lived for more than 10 years.
Whether if you were on a tight budget buying a new house or looking for a home with some historical significance, chances are, you bought yourself a house that is at least 10 years old. You would have found problems that we have listed earlier and think that you got yourself a run-down house that you can’t live in. But that’s not entirely the case. You can make your old home look new again with just a couple of improvements.
The first parts that are subjected to depreciation in a home are its sidings. House sidings are meant to protect homeowners from the harsh weather, and because of that, they take the biggest hit compared to other parts of the house. The damage can be worse for houses that have wooden sidings. Wooden sidings are subjected to rot and decay faster than other kinds of sidings. But that’s okay because it just means that the sidings have done their jobs. The damage could be minimal, but if you’re planning to make your old home look new again, you’re going to have to replace those sidings.
When choosing the right house sidings for your old home, you can never go wrong with wooden sidings. Wooden sidings are cheap and give your old home that rustic look. It also blends in well with the design of old homes, and considering that you can paint them yourself, you can customize the looks of your home from the outside. However, if you’re looking for something more expensive but lasts for a lifetime, you can choose fiber cement.
Fiber cement is great for homeowners that are looking to add some property value to their old homes. They also deliver the same rustic look that wooden sidings have. People won’t even notice it unless they look very closely. The main benefit of fiber cement is that it lasts way longer than wooden sidings, and there is little need for maintenance. So if you have a couple of dollars to spend, choose fiber cement sidings.
The flooring is also susceptible to depreciation, next to house sidings. The flooring may have some cracks, the tiles may have risen, and some might have been chipped off. All of these damages are normal for old homes.
If you’re looking to preserve your home’s rustic old look, consider replacing the flooring with hardwood. Hardwood is an excellent floor for old homes because they are durable and fit with the structure’s aesthetic. Additionally, many Americans are willing to pay more for homes with a hardwood floor, so it’s great if you’re looking to increase your property’s value. However, they can be costly so if you’re on a budget, consider having a concrete floor.
Concrete floors are the cheapest option when it comes to flooring. They are also the easiest ones to install when it comes to home renovations. However, they are not as durable as hardwood, and they can be less pleasing to the eye. Thankfully, you can apply concrete coatings to solve those problems. The coating can help your concrete floor last longer and look more appealing to the eye. They can also reduce maintenance costs. Applying coating is also great if you want to customize your concrete floor to your own personal liking.
If you’re looking to cover up the small cracks on your walls or want to add something on your walls that would compliment your old home’s look, then a pallet wall is for you. A pallet wall makes your old home look modern without replacing its rustic look. They compliment almost any home, and they are easy to make!
You can find pallets to build your pallet home almost anywhere. You can ask your local market, a bar, or even a retail store for pallets that they might no longer be using. Once you’ve had your pallets, you can then break them down and fit them into the wall of your choosing. Then you have to stick them right in with either construction glue or some high-grade adhesive. You can also choose to drill them or nail them in. After, you can paint the pallets with whatever paint you like. And you’re done!
These simple renovation ideas should make your old home look new again. They might even add enough property value to make it more expensive than the time you bought it. So give these renovation ideas a try and beautify your old home!