The Joys of Buying an Older HomeThe Joys of Buying an Older Home

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The Joys of Buying an Older Home

My dream home was not new construction in a planned community. It was a rambling old structure in a neighborhood that was beginning to recover after years of decline. I got the place for a song and started in on all the tasks associated with restoring it to new glory. I soon found there was a lot to do. While the house was sound, it needed to be fumigated after several years of standing vacant. All the tile needed replacing, and the floors cried out for refinishing. Little by little, I got the place ready for me to move in. Today, I like to think it is the nicest home on the block. If you are thinking of buying a fixer-upper, try my tips. From redoing the wallpaper to choosing the right pest control service, what I learned will save you a lot of time and trouble.



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3 Indications That It's Time To Replace Your Carpet Flooring

Even if you are not planning to change the interior design of your home, you still may need to replace your carpet flooring. Carpet is not designed to last forever and foregoing a needed replacement can leave you with less-than-desirable results. Here are a few indications that it's time to replace your carpet.


Mold not only grows on bathroom walls or in damp basements. Carpet flooring that has remained wet or damp for a period can become a breeding ground for mold spores. The mold may appear as a fuzzy coating on sections of carpet, or it may look like tiny, round, dark stains. 

Regardless of the appearance of the mold, it is best to replace your carpet if you see signs of fungus. Mold that is displayed on top of the carpet can be only a fraction of the mold present. The underside of the carpet, which receives less light and has a tendency to retain moisture, may be concealing additional mold.

Mold prefers dark, damp conditions and can cause multiple health issues, such as breathing problems and allergic reactions. Carpet replacement can help ensure that the environment inside your home remains safe.

Severe Matting

When your carpet was first installed, one of your favorite aspects may have been the plush look of the piling. However, over time, the carpet fibers can become tangled, and matting may result. This condition can be exacerbated by spills or dirt that freeze the matted carpet into place. 

Sometimes, matting can be reduced by a thorough cleaning. However, if a professional carpet cleaning does not remedy the problem, it is best to replace the rug. When purchasing a replacement for your carpet flooring, you may want to consider carpet with nylon fibers for high traffic areas, since nylon fibers unravel more easily than polyester fibers during carpet cleaning.


Some stains are easily removed from a carpet, but stains that have been fully absorbed by the carpet fibers may become permanent. If your current carpet has stains that have not been responsive to repeated cleaning attempts, it may be best to replace your carpet flooring.

If you have pets or small children in your home, consider a stain-resistant carpet to lessen your chance of permanent staining in the future.

There are multiple reasons to replace the carpet in your home. If you are interested in new carpet flooring, contact a flooring specialist in your area like