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An older home can have so much charm. More than that, it can have a long history that a homeowner cherishes. Whether you’ve lived there your whole life, the house has been in your family for generations, or you just bought the home and it’s new to you, there’s a lot to love about an older dwelling.

Outdated Materials

When you’re remodeling an old home you can have problems with outdated materials. This can manifest in a few different ways. Most importantly, you need to be on the lookout for toxic materials like asbestos. An old house may have been built with materials that don’t meet current standards, so be careful. Sometimes materials used to build your home might be hard to track down or completely unavailable. If you’re trying to match a less contemporary look and materials, it could cost extra.

You may also have problems with outdated plumbing and electric wiring and may need to get those up to standard before you’re allowed new building permits. Old galvanized pipes aren’t ideal, for example. They can clog up easily or corrode. Then there’s old electric wiring, a major safety issue, and a costly, needed upgrade. We’ll help you find the right kind of material and replacement components that your new home needs.

Old Mistakes

A house that’s been around a while has likely gone through a home remodel or two. Many people do their best to maintain their homes well, but in some cases, you may run into some old mistakes made by previous owners. Even worse, some may have doubled down on their mistakes and committed the same errors over and over again. We’ve seen renovations made without considering the structure of the rest of the house, exposed pipes from a halfhearted renovation, or even safety hazards. Know that you may run into issues like this and factor it into how long a home renovation may take or how much it can cost.

Dated Layouts

One problem you might run into during a home remodel is a dated design or layout. Older homes were designed during a different time. Homeowner priorities were different, so an older home might not be easy to turn into exactly what you want. Older homes may have longer corridors, smaller rooms, and different floor plans than you’d like to see. If you want an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining room, and living room, that might end up taking a lot of extra work. If you’re tearing down walls, it could be expensive or even dangerous. Work with experts like T.H.E. Remodel Group to avoid costly issues and get your older home remodel done right the first time.

Your Home Remodeling Team in Portland, OR

If you’re ready to transform your older home, T.H.E. Remodel Group can help. We will ensure that you receive a superior remodeling experience. Contact us today.