Ren­o­vat­ing? First as­sess over­all con­di­tion of your home

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

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?

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