It’s a good idea to take a close look at the condition of your home before making plans to add a new kitchen or the solarium of your dreams. It’s important to know if there are any repairs, replacements or underlying problems that need to be dealt with. You will be better equipped to budget for the short and long term with a clear picture of the condition of your home.
6 Areas to Inspect in an Older Home:
1. Normal Deterioration
Carpets, wallpapers, painted surfaces, stairs, eaves, interior and exterior trims and other related items face normal wear and tear. As they are not necessarily too expensive to replace or repair, so you may choose to deal with them first.
2. Issues with the Home’s Structure
Mostly, structural damage symptoms are seen in the foundation of older homes. Foundation may develop cracks or gaps, and if you have a stone foundation, its mortar may fall out. There may also be cracks in the drywall or plaster or the brick siding may loosen. It is important to rectify structural issues as soon as you locate them. Waiting may cause energy inefficiency, development of molds and unhealthy surroundings inside your home.
3. End of Materials’ Lifespan
Everything that was used to construct your house has a lifespan. For instance, roof shingles will start to curl, disintegrate and leak after fifteen to twenty years. Therefore, replacement of your roof shingles may be needed urgently to continue making your house livable.
Needless to mention, moisture is the worst enemy to your home and health. Once water begins to leak around plumbing fixtures, it may damage neighboring wood and finishes. Then, if water gets stuck in the exterior walls and roof, it could trigger structural damage signs like cracks, bulges, and discolorations on interior walls and ceilings. Condensation that occurs on windows may cause wooden sills and frames to decay. Then, mold and mildew may begin to grow on detectable and undetectable surfaces. As a result an unpleasant smell may be detected through the entire house, making it uncomfortable to live in. You should identify water leakage issues before they become your worst nightmare.
5. System Upgrades
You may need to upgrade your older electrical system to match modern standards. As well, your plumbing system may need the attention of an eco plumber to start giving you enough hot water and stable pressure for your family bathroom showers and laundry room. An old version HVAC system may not produce adequate heat. It may need a quick upgrade to match today’s standards of HVAC system performance. The same case applies to the water purification system, alarm, and furnace.
6. Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Home energy upgrades can be done to save money and improve the comfort of your living areas. After the upgrade you will no longer have hot or cold spots, drafts or fluctuations in temperatures. More insulation and energy efficient windows may be needed.
It is advisable to do your own investigation prior to contacting a professional home inspector. Then later on you can meet up with a talented, experienced and focused renovator to help you make a reasonable home renovation budget plan.
Not only will they help you get rid of mold issues but also suggest hiring a specialist who can investigate the indoor air quality. To avoid hiring multiple professionals, skip the task of inspecting your home and hire a professional inspector instead.