Fixing Up the Interior of Your Older Home

When you buy an older home, there’s certain things you must accept. One of those things is that you will have more items to take care of in order to maintain the home. Decorating the interior will be more involved because minor decorations will usually involve more extensive renovation otherwise you’re just covering over the cracks.

Here we look at where you can fix up the interior when your home is older than average.

Flooring etc.

The flooring may be a bone of contention. It might be carpet which is well worn through or thread bare in places, or it could be wooden flooring that has warped and seen better days. Depending on the age of the carpet and its condition, it may best just to tear it out, especially if you’re not sure about what bacteria might be lurking beneath, and then start fresh.

Once you have stripped out the carpets, you might discover that the floorboards are in very poor condition and must be replaced and resealed in certain places. Also, check for infestations that have gotten into the wooden floorboards and must be eradicated before laying down an expensive new flooring system. It is best to take these precautions first, and once ready, fit the polished new wooden flooring that will be a feature of the rooms. This way, you’ll only have to do it once.

Revamping the Lighting System

You’ll find with older homes that they usually still run on luminescent bulbs and not LED spotlights. To change this around, you will need help to go into the ceiling and rewire the original lighting to support multiple LED lighting fixtures scattered around the ceiling. After that’s done, the ceiling will need to be resurfaced around the new fixtures to make it look perfect. There are some clever lighting specialists who can complete the task while making less substantial changes to the ceiling area. These are worth seeking out if they’re available in your area, as the task is bit tricky for an amateur to complete.

Repair the Stairs & Banister

Both the stairs and banister should be examined for improvements that can be made. Quite often, the carpeting is acceptable here and doesn’t need replacing. It is more of a personal taste whether going down to the wooden stairs will look more aesthetically pleasing in its surroundings or not.

While working on the stairs and re-staining and finishing the wooden banisters, it is best to use discounted safety equipment for this quick job to hook yourself in further up so you don’t accidentally fall down the stairs and injure yourself. It happens more often than you’d think; it’s also easy for someone to accidentally nudge you down the stairs when trying to squeeze past too. Better to be safe than sorry.

Redecorating in older homes requires an open attitude towards repairs and maintenance. Pulling up carpets or performing other decorating tasks that might seem like small jobs at the time easily turns into more time-consuming and costly ones when factoring in the improvements needed. It’s best to accept this and come prepared.