Older homes have a grace and stability that is not seen in new construction. However, older homes also require more care to preserve their special characteristics. If you are the owner of an older home, you will have to take more time and attention toward its upkeep to ensure your investment is protected. Here are a few areas of maintenance that can make a significant difference to your home’s value as the years pass.

Renovating Key Areas of the Home Interior

Older homes were built to accommodate an earlier lifestyle that may not be suitable for today’s families. Renovation of the bathroom and kitchen can help to improve the use of these spaces and will update the appearance of the home. Some homes can benefit from knocking out walls to create a more open plan with a family room that is more convenient for today’s lifestyle. Your home may benefit from an addition, basement remodeling or additional bedrooms in attic areas.

Maintenance of Roofing and Foundation

Regular inspection of important structural features, such as the roof and foundation is critical for maintaining older homes properly. Loose or deteriorated roofing materials can allow moisture into the home, which can lead to damage of drywall, flooring and other items. Small foundation cracks can widen, due to repeated freezing and thawing over the years. Moisture intrusion through these cracks can lead to mold and odor problems in basement areas of your home. A roofing and foundation repair company can provide thorough inspection and repair to prevent these problems.

Exterior Updates

Simple updates to your older homes exterior can keep it looking attractive no matter how many years have passed since its construction. Regular painting or siding replacement can help prevent deterioration and intrusion of moisture into interior spaces. Re-design your landscaping to provide good wind protection and to provide an inviting appearance. Improve your home’s entryway with a new door, new railing for stairs or walkway repairs. Have cracks and holes in your driveway repaired to ensure a well-maintained look.

The time and money you invest in your older home will help to ensure that it keeps its value over the years. When you are ready to sell your home, you will find prospective buyers who see the same special qualities you see in the structure. And they will appreciate the updates and renovations you have done that have kept it in good condition.

Author's Bio: 

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.