How to Care for Your Historic Home - Lifestyle Real Estate by Libby Levinson

How to Care for Your Historic Home

How to Care for Your Historic Home

Denver is Home to a Plethora of Historic Homes, and Knowing How to Take Care of Yours is Crucial!

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There’s no doubt that Denver is considered a historic town. Our beautiful city is home to the Molly Brown House, the Beyers/Evans Home, and is the main setting of Kerouac’s On the Road. We have so much antiquity, and we are lucky to be able to show that through the beautiful historic homes that dazzle many of Denver’s best neighborhoods. Odds are, if you live in Denver long enough, you will interact with or perhaps own a historic home. Knowing how to take care of your abode is crucial, and I’m honored to share some tips to ensure your historic home stays in tip-top shape!

How to Care For Your Historic Home

Photo from Denver Public Library History
Step 1: Ask a Professional
  • Consult with licensed electrical, plumbing and heating specialists for an initial evaluation
    • Arrange schedules for routine maintenance
What Can You Do?

Photo from Housing Helpers
  • To prevent pipes from freezing in the winter
    • Insulate pipes directly
    • Shut off exterior faucets
    • Maintain a comfortable heating temperature at all times
    • Installation of low temperature sensors & water leak detectors can help alert you to a potential problem
    • If you will be away for an extended period of time, shut off your main water supply
  • Repairing or re-pointing of mortar walls and chimneys may become necessary when any of the following conditions are noted:
    • Cracked or missing mortar
    • Loose bricks or stones,
    • Damp walls or damaged plaster work
  • Regular chimney evaluation and cleaning by a professional
  • Missing, worn or broken roofing materials may allow water to penetrate and deteriorate the roof structure
    • Inspect your roof and flashing around chimneys and skylights periodically, especially after severe storms
    • Contact a licensed roofer for further evaluation and repairs
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris
    • Downspouts should be directed away from the house to improve drainage around the foundation
  • Proper ventilation and updated insulation in the attic can not only reduce the potential for damage or deterioration due to excess moisture, but also reduce energy usage
  • Inspect windows and exterior doors for proper caulking and weather stripping
    • Check exterior paint and siding for peeling and/or cracking
  • Regularly inspect decks, terraces and balconies
  • Periodically inspect foundation walls and floors for cracking that might allow water seepage
  • Avoid storing valuables in the basement.
    • If your basement is prone to leaks or flooding, a sump pump is the best defense
    • A battery back-up is recommended to ensure proper operation during power outages

Photo from the Castle Marne

Do you have more questions about home maintenance, Denver’s Real Estate market, or living the Denver lifestyle? Contact me! I can’t wait to hear from you!

Featured photo from mollybrown.org

 

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libbylevinson
Libby Levinson is a born and raised Denver native who has spent time in all of Denver’s historic neighborhoods as well as the numerous suburbs surrounding the metro area. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Denver and her love for the Mile High City with her clients. Libby proudly joined Kentwood Real Estate in 2006. Libby has had the pleasure of helping a variety of clients navigate their real estate transactions: helping first time buyers find their starter home, coordinating the synchronized sale and purchase for buyers looking for more space, sellers looking to down-size, and assisting sophisticated investors with their next investment opportunity. Libby is known for her ability to smoothly facilitate the complex details of both the buying and selling process. You can see Libby featured in 5280 Magazine and the 2017 Kentwood television commercial on her website at www.LibbySellsDenver.com.