6 Overlooked Repairs in an Older Home

6 Overlooked Repairs in an Older Home
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    Older homes need a lot of tender care to stay in shape.

    Unfortunately, they often need maintenance, and you might overlook some critical areas.


To prevent permanent damage to the house and risk losing not only the value but the home, here are some overlooked repairs in an older home.


Cleaning roof gutters will ensure that your home structure remains sound. The buildup from leaves and other debris ends up damaging gutters.

Eventually, when it rains, the gutters carve and fall. Worse still is that the water redirects to other areas and pools at the foundation areas or side of the house, causing structural damage.

Reconstruction is expensive as you have to build from foundation up. When repairing, repair any part of the roof gutters that seem damaged to avert any problems.


Many people usually forget to maintain the furnace area since it doesn’t get seen much throughout the year. However, failure to do so leads to dirt and dust build-up and eventually a clogged filter.

During the lifetime of the furnace, the thermostat may also need to be replaced. Any kind of furnace repair should start with replacing the filter and cleaning the duct area.


The deck is out of the main house structure and is frequently ignored. However, when left alone, the water and debris tear the area faster.

Use a moisture sealant with fresh paint every few years to extend the deck’s life. When parts of the wood are damaged, replace it immediately before it spreads out and takes steps to ensure to refinish is done to standard.

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The crawlspace is out of sight, and most people forget about how it works. With little to no maintenance, the crawl space ends up being a critter’s living area and damages the home.

With plumbing pipes laid down, undetected leaks can lead to water damage and wet rot. Check on the crawlspace regularly and clean out any gunk.

Check for signs of animal damage and block the area. Repair areas damage is seen to avoid a significant plumbing issue and water damage.


Air conditioning filters should be at least four times a year. With a lot of dirt and dust accumulating, it starts running slower as the system gets harder to function.

When the HVAC unit starts showing signs of trouble, call in the experts to check where the problem lies to avoid replacing the whole unit. This is one thing that you should not hold off on.

Having a home that is too hot in the summer can spoil food and be very uncomfortable to live in. Too cold in the winter can cause pipes to freeze and cause a great deal of damage to your home.


The attic is often overlooked and used mainly as an additional storage area. It functions the same way as crawl space and often attracts bats and other animals.

The damage can be extensive and cause the ceiling to fall, increasing expenses. Close all entry points, removing all worn-out areas to secure the house.

Systematically do regular checks across the house to ensure that the place is secure and safe. Please have professionals work on an older home to avoid causing unnecessary damage to the home.

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