Home Safety and Older Homes

Some of the finest homes in the United States were built more than sixty years ago. There is something so appealing about the spaciousness, features, and elegance of an older home. These homes come with their own special needs and concerns, however. When you are considering buying an older home, or even just renting one, consider some safety issues.

It is important to pay attention to inspectors’ reports when buying an older home. These reports should alert you to any problems that might cause safety issues in your home. If you have any personal concerns, you should bring them up with the inspector during the inspection.

Fire is the number-one cause of damage to older homes. Many have not had their wiring updated in many years. Some do not have the capacity to run many appliances that are essential to modern life. Consult an electrician about updating the electricity in your home and about possible safety issues. Your home should be equipped with smoke alarms that you should test frequently.

Many older homes that are in a state of disrepair may contain lead paint and other toxins. Lead paint is a danger to any resident, but is especially dangerous for pregnant women and children. Lead-based paint must be removed, ideally, or at least covered by other paint.

Asbestos is another dangerous material that was used in buildings in the past. It was used as insulation around pipes and as a part of the roof. It can cause a variety of chronic ailments. A qualified asbestos-removal specialist should remove it from your home.

Most states have requirements that homeowners carry house insurance. If you own an older home, it is even more important to carry full coverage. Older homes are susceptible to a number of issues that could lead to damage. In the case of a natural disaster or other calamity, older homes are vulnerable. Insurance can compensate owners at least partially for any losses incurred.