Tips to maintain an old property

Posted on: Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Owning an old property is like safeguarding a slice of history. Whether you've inherited a cherished family home or you're a proud owner of a period property, here’s how to maintain it so that future generations can enjoy it as much as you do… 


One of the secrets to maintaining an old property lies in weatherproofing. Sealing gaps and cracks in windows, doors, and walls can help to prevent draughts and unwanted moisture. You could also install weatherstripping and draught excluders to keep the chilly British weather at bay. By fortifying your property against the elements, you'll not only enhance comfort but also safeguard its structural integrity. 

Embrace regular inspections 

Older properties often have hidden quirks and idiosyncrasies that require attention, so make sure to stay one step ahead by scheduling regular inspections. Engage the services of a qualified professional to assess your property's structural integrity, electrical systems, plumbing, and overall condition. This proactive approach will help you identify and address any issues before they become major headaches. 

Set aside emergency funds 

If you’ve owned the property for a long time, you’re probably already aware that your home will require ongoing maintenance; but unexpected repairs might still catch you off guard. To ease the financial burden, consider setting up a dedicated maintenance fund. There’s no need to deposit a hefty sum all at once, but regularly contributing small amounts to this fund will ensure that you're prepared to tackle any unforeseen issues that may arise. 

Timely painting and maintenance 

Regularly inspect your property's exterior and interior surfaces for signs of wear and tear. Cracked paint, flaking plaster, or signs of rotting wood should be addressed promptly. If your home could use a fresh lick of paint, choose colours that complement the architectural style and era of your property, as this will give it a refreshed yet authentic look.

Respectful renovations 

When it comes to renovations, it’s important to strike a balance between modernisation and preservation. While you may want to introduce contemporary elements, maintaining the property's original charm should be a priority. Seek out specialist builders and tradespeople who are experienced in working with period properties. By employing their expertise, you can ensure that any renovations are sympathetic to the property's wonderful character.

Mindful landscaping 

The exterior of your old property deserves just as much care and attention as the interior. You might want to carefully plan your landscaping to enhance its overall appeal, but keep in mind the historical context of your property and choose plants, hedges, and flowers that are in harmony with its era.  

Preserving original features 

Older properties often boast exquisite original features that contribute to their unique charm. Whether it's ornate fireplaces, exposed beams, or period floorings, make an effort to preserve and restore these elements whenever possible. Consult with specialists who can advise you on the best practices for maintaining and restoring these features, ensuring they remain a testament to the property's history.  

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