Selling Houses Australia

Pros and Cons of Weatherboard Homes

Thanks to the ease of renovation, weatherboard homes are becoming more popular than ever! Property expert Andrew Winter explains all.

There are lots of advantages when you're planning on buying an older home, however old age comes with health problems. Follow these 5 top tips and make sure your old home stays healthy: 

  1. Before you fall in love with a charming exterior make sure nothing is shifting underneath. A few hairline cracks in a brick home are nothing to worry about, but a crack that splits a brick in two can indicate costly repairs.

  2. Brick homes often have issues with rising damp. So check exterior brickwork for erosion, and look out for bubbling paint on interior walls.

  3. Old timber houses often no insulation so they can be uncomfortable to live in. They are also very high maintenance and if you ever need to replace any of those timber boards, they can be very tricky to find a little bit of a nightmare.

  4. Timber homes require more regular maintenance than brick homes so you will need painting approximately every 10 years. Also, like brick home, they can suffer with shifting foundations and will often need re-stumping - not to mention issues with dry rot and termites!

  5. Lastly, old homes rarely have floor plans that aren’t suited to moder life – so if you want an en- sutie, walk in robe or open plan living you’ll need a hefty budget to move a few walls!

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