Best Home Updates By Build Date

Thinking of updating your home but don’t know where to start? 

At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve been buying homes as-is in Metro Detroit for quite a while now, so we know a thing or two about fixing them up.

To help you get your bearings, we’ve put together a list of the most important updates and repairs that should be made based on the age of your home. 

If your home was built in the 1950s 

Safety first: Upgrade all of the home’s electrical outlets to grounded, three-pronged ones ($150 – $300). For cosmetic appeal, replace “busy” linoleum tiles with hardwood, lookalike laminate or vinyl plank flooring. If your home already has hardwood floors, that’s awesome! You can have them refinished for about $1.50 to $5.00 per square foot so they look good as new.

If your home was built in the 1960s 

Check for and eradicate asbestos and lead-based paint. It’s best to hire a professional to deal with these toxic problems. It could cost upwards of $5,000, but it’s critical for your family’s health and safety. If your home still has a 1960s color scheme or wallpaper, now is the time to tame it to calming neutrals. 

If your home was built in the 1970s 

A lot of faulty electrical panels were distributed in the ’70s from Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) and Zinsco. To find out if you have one of these fire hazards in your home, look for those company names on your breaker box. It’s critical to make sure the electrical wiring in your house is safe. You could also consider renovating the groovy, bright colored flooring that was a staple of ’70s decor. 

If your home was built in the 1980s 

Polybutylene was a cheap and flexible plastic used in plumbing systems in the 80s. It has a reputation for failing without warning, which can cause extensive water damage to your home, leading to a major class action lawsuit. Polybutylene piping can reduce the value of homes from this time period and scare off buyers. If you have it, consider upgrading to PVC. And upgrade your style too: Consider updating those ’80s country-style kitchen cabinets and tiled countertops. 

If your home was built in the 1990s 

Exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) was a popular insulation system in the ’90s that’s now been shown to be faulty, letting in moisture that eventually causes mold and rots wood. Since it is difficult to know what type of insulation you have inside your walls, it’s a good idea to have an inspector check out your home insulation. Style-wise, consider swapping brass and gold fixtures in the home for more modern brushed nickel, oiled bronze, or chrome.

If your home was built in the 2000s 

There was a big housing boom in the 2000s, but that made for some homes that had rushed construction. Even though your home is still “young,” it’s wise to get it home inspected for common problems like cracked floors and water-logged insulation. It’s more common than you think. and it’s best to address these issues before moving on to more fun upgrades.

And, as always, if you’re looking to sell your home fast and as-is, without all the hassle of upgrades, give Mitten Made Properties a call at (248) 883-3340. We’ll make you a fair cash offer and we can close in as little as two weeks! Read what some of our clients say about us here.

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