At the tail end of 2020 my husband and I found ourselves purchasing our first house! Our house, as I am writing this post, is 122 years old! I don’t think we would have ever imagined purchasing a house that was in the three digits with its age. There are many things we didn’t really think about in the heat of the moment when buying an old house. Buying an old house, I found, is for a certain type of people who love and preserve history! Making sure we do these houses justice we have to start some where and an old house checklist seems to do just that!
Old House Updates
We have been in our old house for about 15 months now and every day we learn more. We absolutely love and adore all the details that preserve the history of our home. Additionally when we looked at the house it was brought to our attention that the house was flipped. Therefore the electric wiring, windows, and the furnace were replaced to save on energy costs and bring the house up to code. Lots of history was lost, and while we try to preserve our homes we stumble on gems .
Old House Renovations Checklist
As we live and try to make do with what we have available we seem to add to this never ending to do list. This is a list of our top 5 house renovations we want to accomplish within the next couple of years:
- Replace the whole house with wood/vinyl flooring
- Replace the shingled roof with a metal roof
- Construct a built in entertainment center
- Redo the whole kitchen
Location of your Old House
Another thought to look out for is the location of the house of interest. Our home happens to be an old farmhouse in the middle of the city! But that is because 122 years ago there wasn’t really anything else around but farmland! That goes with being said that we didn’t really consider the renovations that would be done maybe extra costly due to being located at the heart of the city! We are so thankful to have our beautiful farmhouse but the location has not been ideal for the goals we have set for our family. That is another note we took for looking for our next place for sure!
The Ultimate Old House Checklist
- Consider the location
- Consider Cost of City Limits Renovations
- Check out wiring( prior to the flip our house had knob and tube)
- Windows (This can make or break your electric bill)
As time goes one and we encounter mistakes and learning curves I will post more updates! Stay tuned!
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That looks really nice how the kitchen shelves are stained to match the railing and banister!
I have learned so much from our first house buying experience. Even without an old home (ours is only 15 years old) there was so much we didn’t consider. This is a great start on the list!
Love this post! Very helpful information!