Whether you'll be renting or buying an old home, there are a few things that should be done before moving in to optimize safety and comfort as time goes on. Here are a few important steps that shouldn't be overlooked:
Get Rid of the Lead Paint
Many old homes were decorated with lead paint, at least originally. Even if the home has been repainted over the years, there is a chance that lead paint is still lurking behind those extra layers and releasing toxins into the place. You can't just put another fresh coat of paint over the walls and assume that your family will be safe from lead poisoning in the coming years.
Before moving into any old home, it's crucial to have the place professionally inspected for the presence of lead paint. If any lead paint is found, your service provider can make sure it's completely removed before you start moving your belongings in through the front door. Companies like Colfax Corporation can offer more information.
Look for Mold and Mildew
Getting rid of mold and mildew is just as important as making sure lead paint is eradicated before moving into an old home. Exposure to mold and mildew can result in your family experiencing a range of uncomfortable symptoms from runny noses and scratchy eyes to dry throats and lung irritation.
Unfortunately, you can't always see the mold and mildew that might be building up within a home. Over time, it can grow inside the walls and in other inconspicuous places where it can't easily be spotted. Disinfecting and cleaning the home before moving in may not get rid of all the mold and mildew buildup. The only way to be sure that your family won't be exposed to mold and mildew in your old home is to have the place fully inspected and treated before moving in.
Have the Home's Foundation Inspected
You should also have your old home's foundation inspected before moving in just to make sure that it hasn't broken down to a point that it needs repairs before it's safe. Even if problems are present that don't need attention right away, it's good to know before moving into the home so you can plan and prepare to improve the foundation before serious issues arise. In addition to making sure that your home's old foundation is safe, your service provider can offer maintenance recommendations that will help ensure that the foundation stays safe as it ages even more.
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