Paula Webster. Home Renovation. September 21st , 2018.
Back this up by pulling out the home inspection that you had done when you first bought the home and going over it again (after you've blown off the dust). Make a list of the possible issues and prioritize them into those that are urgently needed and those you can live with. A very basic risk assessment would look at each item and give it a score of high, medium or low for the two categories of likelihood and consequence. Those that come out high-high, high-medium or medium-high are the most urgent and should be dealt with first.
Mortgage Refinancing - If you are planning major renovations, like adding an addition or in-law suite, it may pay to refinance your mortgage. With this option you can spread the payments out over a longer period and enjoy mortgage rates that are normally much lower than those of credit cards, lines of credit or personal loans. As with home equity loans, there may be some initial fees to refinance.
Home renovation should be divided into two separate categories, want and needs. So before you consult a home improvement contractor sit down and make a set of lists. One list of what type of renovations you want done on the house and a list of home improvements this old house needs the most. There's no since in doing a kitchen renovation if the roof above it leaks. You don't want to do a wiring upgrade if you can't afford to upgrade the electrical service. You shouldn't tile the bathroom floor if the joist and subfloor needs replaced. Sure I want to renovate the kitchen, but I need to put the much needed roof over it. Will my home improvement budget allow both? This is true with the wiring need and the bathroom floor need.
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