Whether you’ve just bought a property that requires renovation, or the home you’ve owned for a while seems worn out and needs some work done on it, it will take some time, effort and careful planning to get everything done properly. The most important thing is to know exactly which parts of your home need remodeling and updating, so that you find the most efficient way to finish the job. However, as it is with most renovation, there are certain problems you might run into and that you should have in mind. Here are the four most common ones.
If your floor is warped, it’s something you’ll realize as soon as you take a few steps through your home. However, this problem is just the first one you can encounter regarding your foundation, with one difference – the other problems won’t be as visible as this one. In case you notice any cracks in either your floors or your walls, they might be a signal of a weakened foundation, too. Whether the damage to your foundation was caused by some previous remodelling work, time, or weather, you need to address the problem and fix it. If not, you could end up with some more serious water damage or energy loss, which could eventually cost you more than mending your foundation.
Asbestos and its side effects
Due to its ability to absorb noise, as well as its resistance to fire, electricity, heat and various chemicals, asbestos was frequently used as an insulator in the past. This is why it was all around us by the time the world figured out how harmful it actually is to human health. So, if you aren’t sure whether there is asbestos in your home or not, you should hire professionals to come and test the whole space for asbestos presence and remove it if they find any. In case they do find it and you realize you’ve been living surrounded by it, and that it’s affected your health in any way, there are now experienced specialist asbestos lawyers who can assess your situation and let you know if you there’s a basis for a lawsuit or if you can receive some compensation, which they can then help you with.
Some people go for decades using the same pipes without updating them or even maintaining them adequately. If this is the case in your home, you might have to replace some of your old pipes. Also, if you’re planning a kitchen or a bathroom renovation, there is a chance of hitting one of your pipes and ending up with flooded floors and, even worse, wet electrical appliances or any power tools you’ve got plugged in. In order to prevent all of this from happening, make sure you have detailed prints of your utility lines, so that you know the precise position of each of your pipes. That way you’ll avoid causing more damage than good during your remodelling.
One thing that old homes often have problem with is wiring. The cause for this may be the fact that, at the time these properties were built, not that many appliances were in use. Who would have known back then how many things we’d be plugging in nowadays? Therefore, the wiring around your home may now be of an unsatisfactory quality and there could be an insufficient number of electrical outlets for you to use. Not to mention the safety of you and your family, since outdated and impaired insulation, as well as exposed wires can cause short circuits or power failures. Furthermore, they can even burst into flames at any point, which represents a serious fire hazard. The best course of action in such cases is finding a professional electrician and have them inspect your whole living space, so that you know if there is some updating to do and how to approach it.
Being aware of the issues you can expect during a renovation can be quite useful and can cut the time it takes to get everything done. You can prepare yourself for the process more thoroughly and find out in advance who you can call in case of a problem.