The maintenance of a house carries as much importance as the
construction, if not more .If proper practices are not
carried out, maintaining a house can prove an expensive and extended job. Some
tips for renovation and maintenance are given below:
Do your own renovation:
Ensure that the roof is leak-proof. Use a mixture of concrete or broken brick
or waterproofing compound.
Old houses need rewiring once and change of switchboards to plug modern
Replace corroded pipes in old buildings with ultra-violet resistant plastic
Alternatively water can be rerouted into separately fixed plastic pipes, fixed
an inch away from the wall.
Apply water-repellent compound to walls and fill cracks with silicon sealant.
In old houses, it is necessary to rewire and change electrical switchboards at
least once. Houses that were built decades ago were designed to support just a
electrical appliances and overloading these old electrical lines with modern
day equipment such as refrigerators, air conditioners and television sets could
cause short-circuiting and fires
If removing and replacing the pipes is not feasible, the water can just be
re-routed into the plastic pipes. However, it is important to make sure that
new water pipes attached to the outside of a building are at least an inch away
from the wall surface, so that water does not seep through the wall.
Termites are any homeowner's nightmare, especially in old houses that have a
lot of wood furniture. There is no way to reverse the termite damage, but
escalation of the problem can be prevented by first applying termite-proof
solution and then painting the wood surface.
To prevent future termite problems, holes can be dug around the house and filled
with anti-termite solution.
A new coat of paint, in a light colour, along with
some new light fittings will illuminate the room and give it a fresh and
spacious look. Emulsion paints are the best bet, as they can be wiped clean and
come in a variety of hues. Retiling the floor with easy-to-maintain vitrified
tiles or simply re-polishing the floor along with your old furniture