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Buying a home free of error is usually a vey rare find. In fact, most homes that are 25 years old or older tend to have quite a few flaws like busted, rattling pipes, bad wall insulation, noisy water flow, old/creaky windows, etc. On the other hand, buying a completely new house can be very pricy and when the newer appliances in the house needs fixing, it can also go to the very costly side of things.
If you are interested in buying a home that is a little older and needs some fixing, then check the rest of this article out as we will be opening your eyes in things that you can do on your own to reconstruct your home.
1. Garage Door Insulation Kit
A squeaky and creaky garage door is the basic sound alarm for whenever someone is coming home or if someone is about to leave. Sneaking out while trying to not awaken the ones that are still sleeping at home can be difficult in these cases. That is why garage door insulation kits are a necessity to every home and they only cost $80!
Every kit come with eight fiber glass panels and special springs to ensure that the door not only moves less like an 1800s steam engine, but more like a Tesla; quiet and smooth.
2. Sound Acoustic Tiles
Replacing the walls of your home can add to enormous costs and also takes so much unnecessary time. Therefore, instead of removing, why not try adding some sound proof materials?
Acoustic tiles roughly cost between $45-$65, but for this price you can cover an area of a regular spaced office! They also come in various shapes, sizes, and colors so decoration is never a problem.
3. Peel and Stick Foam
We all like to have our windows open to let fresh air in, but sometimes this can create an uneven air flow, causing doors to slam and make very loud bangs.
Peel and stick foam is a special two sided pad foaming that is designed to create a softer surface for your door to shut on. Simply place a few of them around the areas where the door meets the door-frame and enjoy the quiet shut. This foam is multi-purpose, so for $18 you are also getting a utility for other appliances around the house.
4. Water Hammer Arrestor
Old houses usually means old piping and replacing piping can go well beyond the $600 range, so in this case just add an arrestor to stop the rattling pipe noise and also improve the water flow.
Available for purchase at the Home Depot near you, arrestors fall well within the $16 range and comes with a three year warranty.
If you’re a handy-man then you know that WD-40 is the god of all DIY jobs. Whether it is creaky windows, door hinges, cupboard hinges, WD-40 can solve all noise issues. It is a very simple utility and can be bought at any supermarket or hardware store for less than $10.
6. Dry-Wall Patch Kit
When you buy older houses, you also buy older walls. These walls can sometimes have holes or cracks in them. This allows for noise to leak in like water and soon it will feel like you are outside even though you are inside.
Patch kits can be purchased at any hardware store or supermarket for less than $8 and dries in less than 15 minutes allowing you the quiet environment that you have always wanted.
7. Talcum Powder
Although commonly known as baby powder, talcum powder is usually used to prevent rashes for babies with very dry skin.
What people don’t know is that it can be used to prevent squeaky floors. Simply spray or rub some powder where the creak in the floor is and walk in awe as the squeaks seize to exist. Talcum powder can be purchased at any supermarket for less than $8.