Home Improvement for Older Properties: A Resource Guide

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Home Improvement for Older Properties: A Resource Guide


If you live in an older house, you undoubtedly love the unique architectural charm and history it offers. However, you probably don’t love the upkeep costs! Older houses tend to cost more to maintain — and figuring out what to fix first when you have multiple home improvements can be tough. The below resource guide, courtesy of Ocala Screen and Patio, is here to help you get those upkeep costs under control.


Make a Plan to Prioritize Your Fixes

Focus on repairs and renovations that improve livability and enhance value first.

  • Educate yourself about critical home repairs that are a top priority, such as the roof, foundation, and any plumbing issues.
  • Once the essentials are taken care of, move on to improvements that boost home value, such as kitchen and bathroom upgrades.
  • Look into budget-conscious ways to pay for home improvements, like financing or a home equity line of credit.
  • If you have any torn or damaged screens (doors, windows, etc.), get in touch with Ocala Screen and Patio to schedule a repair.


Tackle Simpler Projects Yourself

Don’t waste money paying someone else to do these basic jobs.

  • A fresh coat of paint can make a room look new and is an easy DIY job.
  • New light fixtures are another quick fix that can quickly upgrade a space.
  • The exterior of the home counts too! Give your house’s siding a thorough deep clean using a pressure washer.
  • To further enhance your outdoor area, look into easy landscaping projects you can do solo, like installing a fire pit or outdoor lighting.


Hire Professionals for Complex Home Improvements

Trying to DIY these kinds of complicated jobs can be dangerous and ineffective.

  • While you can wash siding solo, gutter cleaning is often best left to a pro, especially if your home has more than one level.
  • If you’re planning to set up a home office, make sure you have enough outlets for all the devices and equipment you need. For example, if you want a landline for your office, work with a pro to handle the installation.
  • Any kinds of plumbing issues are also best left to experts. Ask potential plumbers key queries to vet them before hiring them.
  • Know the signs that it’s time to update your heating and cooling system and hire an HVAC contractor to make the swap.


While an old house requires more effort to maintain than a new property, you can save money by doing some of the work yourself. Consult the resources above to determine what you can DIY and what you should entrust to an expert.