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Hidden Problems

Potential setbacks when renovating an older home

When renovating an older home it’s not unusual to run into existing problems. A couple of common examples are the presence of asbestos and lead paint. If the home was built before the 1980s it is likely to contain asbestos which can show up in floor tiles, insulation, behind walls and ceilings among other areas. Lead paint was banned from use in residential homes in 1977 but was used extensively in new homes built before then. Both asbestos and lead paint particles can be very toxic to people and pets when sanded or disturbed then released into the air and inhaled or ingested. Other issues which can arise involve the home’s structure/foundation, water damage, HVAC, electrical and plumbing problems to name a few. There are solutions to all of these obstacles but they must be addressed and remedied before proceeding with a renovation. Here are some vulnerable areas and things to look out for.


Cracks in walls, floors

Drainage issues

Foundation cracks, settling, shifting

Crumbling materials

Uneven walls, doors

Sticky windows

Water Damage

Roof leaks

Ceiling damage

Cracked pipes


Damaged sheetrock

Rotten wood


Leaky ductwork

Poor airflow

Outdated thermostats

No zoning

Inefficient HVAC units

Poor indoor air quality


Outdated wiring

Outlets not grounded

No GFCI breaker

Galvanized pipes

Leaky pipes

Corroded sewer lines

Unsafe Materials




Lead paint



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