Consider These Important Things Before Renovating Your House
Posted On June 15, 2017
Are you thinking about doing a refurb? Wait! Before you start destroying things, there are some important things to be considered. You need to make sure that everything is the right order. To help you, use this home renovation checklist.
It is quite common if all of us want something different or brand new in our house like a better shower, a bigger kitchen, or more spacious living room. Doing a renovation can be quite fun, yet, before preparing the tools, engaging the tradies or beginning to map out which walls to be knocked down, there are several questions to ask.
DIY or Not DIY?
It is quite fascinating to do the house renovation project by yourself and save lots of money in the process. For certain cases, it makes sense perfectly, assuming that you possess the essential skills and experience. If you have done electrical work or carpentry previously, you may be assumed to be qualified to carry out any renovation in your bathroom. However, if you still ask Google on how to lay tiles, you are suggested to hire a professional.
Is It Affordable for You?
Keep in find that you need to pay some bill during the renovation project. Sit down with your bank statements, pay slips, and credit cards and calculate how much you can set aside for the project. Next, allocate the infrastructure changes earliest. Although the cosmetic changes are frequently the most exciting to make, you can reduce the costs by choosing a faucet that is on sale or tile found at some building resupply stores.
Can You Spare Some Time for The Renovation Project?
If you ask them who did the renovation, they will tell you. It always requires much longer time than you have ever thought it would. You have to be able to be adjustable with living plans. If you engage a contractor, you will have people to come in and out of your home for several days, weeks, or could be months to end. You might be forced to use a portable toilet in the driveway, and you will feel that it is not so fun anymore.
Do You Know the Rules You Are Dealing with?
Do you that you have to get permission first before you knock down some walls or dig a pool? The answer is most probably yes. Apart from giving a warning to you surrounding neighbours regarding a loud noise that may hear, there is most possibly a zoning commission, council, or town clerk who also requires knowing that you are changing your house. If it so, there might be an inspection once you have finished your work. Examine the rules and also the regulations in your area, city or council to ensure that you comply. You do not wish they undo the work afterwards, do you?
Are There Any Cables Floating Around?
Hold on a sec! Don’t knock down that wall just yet! You need to find out whether there are any electrical cables in it. Or, check whether there are gas lines or water pipes. Make sure everything before you start. Go ask a plumber or electrician to come by and inspect when you suspect there could be.
Is It Possible for You to Knock Down the Wall?
Some walls are in your house for some reason. Some walls divide rooms while others support the load of the above floor or the floor. If you don’t know for sure, it would be better if you contact a building inspector, builder or engineer. By doing a consultation, you can save a lot of money in damages in the future. Additionally, the peacefulness of your mind is worth more than anything.
Does Your House Contain Asbestos?
Does your house contain asbestos? Have you done any asbestos inspection or testing? As stated by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency of the Australian Government, the use of asbestos in buildings was banned after 1989. Accordingly, houses that were constructed as recently as 2000 might have used the asbestos material in their construction. If you want to make sure that your family, as well as the surrounding neighbourhood, is secure, it is recommended that you hire a professional building inspector to do an asbestos materials inspection. By assuring that there are no dangerous materials installed within your house, you then can carry out the renovation project without having to feel worried about the safety and huge fine. Everything, then, can be run smoothly.
Don’t get intimidated once you have read the information above although the list might get you down a bit. DIY renovating can be very fun, but make sure that you do some check with these above items before you begin any work so that things will not get more exciting (also expensive) than you wish them to be.
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