Renovating? First assess overall condition of your home
There are many reasons why people decide to renovate, some of which are to upgrade outdated or deteriorated systems such as old windows; maintain or repair various elements such as reshingling a roof; addressing lifestyle needs such as replacing stairs with ramps to accommodate wheelchair access. As with any project, planning is key to success. This involves assessing the condition of your home to determine if there are any significant underlying projects that may have to be addressed before or during your home renovation. To avoid any expensive surprises, consider doing a systematic and thorough inspection of your home.
Are there leaks from pipes, taps, toilets or the water heater? Do any lights dim or outlets spark? Are there any exposed electrical wires or crumbled wire insulation?
Do fuses keep blowing or circuit breakers keep shutting off?
Is the electrical service and wiring capable of supplying current and future needs? Is there ever a noticeable smoky or fuel smell? Is the house too dry or too humid? Is the heat uneven?
Are mechanical systems capable of supplying current and future needs?
Are heating or cooling bills unusually high? Do any doors or windows bind or stick? Are any windows drafty, broken, operating poorly or is there moisture between panes?
Are there water stains or rot on windows or walls? Are there water stains or excessive dampness? Is there black mold on any of the roof framing or sheathing? Is the attic adequately ventilated? Are there air leaks in the ceiling of the rooms below the attic? Is the attic hatch sealed?