Older Home? 4 Updates You Should Consider If Your House is 30+ Years Old

Older Home? 4 Updates You Should Consider If Your House is 30+ Years Old
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    In life, there is always room for improvement. Nowhere is this truer than in your home.

    Houses need near constant maintenance, from weekly cleanings, to bigger projects that only need to be done every 15 years.


Here are four older home updates that you should consider if your home is more than 30 years old.

1. Fix the Roof

People often refer to their house as the roof over their heads; and you want to make sure that roof is in the best shape possible. Between the material of the shingles and the climate outdoors, your roof’s lifespan can vary significantly. However by age 30, your home is more than ready for a roof update.

If extensive damage does not yet exist, new shingles will give your roof new life. However, you might need (or want) greater repairs to keep your roof functioning for another three decades.

Building new roof trusses can help you in a redesign of your home, and it is one of the best ways to stave off damage for a long time.

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2. Change out the Water Heater

The last thing you want is to step into the shower one morning and be surprised by freezing cold water. Water heaters often have to be replaced every 10 or so years. So by age 30, your water heater is definitely due for another check-up. Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your heater. But there are some telltale signs you’ll need a replacement instead.

Finding water leaking around the base of the heater is one of the most common problems associated with old heaters. The leaking water is costing you money, so getting a new system will help you save money in the long run.

3. Update the HVAC

Heating and air conditioning is one of the greatest conveniences of modern times. However, these systems need to be regularly maintained, and are due for replacement every 10-15 years. Old HVAC systems can be major money wasters, so take this opportunity to update your system to a more energy-efficient one.

While your technician is installing the new system, they can also make sure your ducts are well insulated and sealed. This can improve your system’s overall efficiency by as much as 20 percent.

4. Install New Windows

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Many repairs and updates a home needs after 30 years are due to items breaking. Windows, however, are probably still standing, but it can be wise to replace these anyway. New windows are far more energy efficient than their older counterparts. This will help you save money on heating and cooling costs; and it will also put less stress on your HVAC system, making that last longer as well. If you’re not ready to commit to a complete overhaul, new sealant and weather stripping can give your windows a few extra years of functionality.

Whether you have lived in your home for a long time, just moved into an older house, or are getting ready to sell your property, there are many older home updates that can and should be done once it reaches 30 years old. These will help your home be more energy efficient saving you time and money in the long run.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.