Home Renovation. Saturday , September 15th , 2018 - 10:37:49 AM
So how does the average homeowner know if there are maintenance renovations that require attention? There are a few ways to find out, and sticking your head in the sand is not an option. That would be akin to not going for a regular check-up at the doctor or dentist - if no-one tells you there's a problem, then there is no problem, right? Wrong. The first thing to do is to call upon your gut instinct. You probably have a suspicion if the electrics might be an issue (there's a spark when you plug appliances in, for example), or if there's damp in the basement, or if the attic insulation is insufficient; after all, you're the one who lives there. Take a look around the outside of the house for any signs of worsening damage - are cracks bigger than you remember them? Does the roof look patchy? Do you have an effective water management system - one that drains run-off water away from the house foundations?
However, there is sometimes a far more important home renovation to be considered, and that, unfortunately, falls into definition number one. It is the maintenance renovation, the "restore to a former better state" renovation, the boring renovation - and the ratio of financial cost to "wow" factor absolutely stinks. This type of renovation includes things like a new roof, foundation repairs, pointing, insulation, and wiring - normally renovations you can't see - and are generally the top priority of any home owner, no matter what situation they are in.
That said, there are always house buyers who will not do the proper ground work, so the required maintenance renovations are missed when the home is purchased. The seller, if they knew about the issue (as they often do), has gambled and "gotten away with one", and the buyer has foolishly taken on someone else's problems for the sake of the cost of a structural survey. A note to potential buyers: always, always, get a full structural survey done unless you are an expert yourself in such matters because the short-term additional cost will be far less painful than finding significant issues and having to deal with the associated heart-ache (and anger) after the purchase is complete.
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