Grants for Older Homes
by JOE PING
Home Improvement Grants for Older Homes - and we are talking around and over 100 year old buildings - are pretty much the same as those available for much newer builds as they are mainly concentrated on weatherizing your home.
Updating and at the same time respecting the integrity of the design of original construction are usually just up to the owner, unless of course your home is protected and/or you live in a conservation area.
Sometimes you can take out original wood windows and replace them with modern versions that protect throughout storms and help keep the warmth in and the cold out. On the other hand, at least in my view, the craftsmanship of original windows should be maintained and preserved whenever possible.
Joe from Aneta is currently updating his home and writes:-
GOING FROM 1911 to 2009
My house was built in around 1911 and has the original windows and doors.. I just purchased this home in July and would like to update the windows and doors. I have insulated the basement and added a propane furnace.. What more can I do and what can I get for a grant?
I always suggest that homeowners meet with their local certified housing councelor as soon as possible, ask down at the building office to see who you can talk to about the type and number of grants that may be available for your home improvements.
For more information about weatherizing your home you can have a read of this next article just go from grants for older homes to Weatherization Grants and towards the end of that article you will find an EnergyStar link where you can get more information online.
There are many projects that you can do with older homes to weatherize the shell of the home as well as modernising equipment for energy efficient upgrades.
There can be so many things that you can do that it's important to select your projects carefully in order of importance and those that your budget can cope with - doing too much at once can be overwhelming, especially during this tough economical climate.
Grants for older homes should reduce your bills, update your home and make it more comfortable to live in.
Have you experienced updating an older home, are you in the middle of weatherizing your home? - perhaps you can write in and tell us how it went and what problems you were able to overcome - your story may well help others who are also looking for grants for older homes.
Write and tell us...