How many times have you heard that building a house from scratch is easier than renovating an old one? Or how about you buy three apartments while renovating one? You immediately have a very dirty, long-lasting, and quite an expensive job in your head, for which you do not know when it will end, or whether everything will be exactly as you imagined in the end. That is why we’ll help you get organized and think about everything first before even taking one further step. Read on while we discuss the 101s of home renovation and what to look for.
Find the right man to do the job
First, find the right repairman. Whether it is by recommendation or online, be smart and make a concrete plan with them. Of course, you will tell them that there are penalty points in your contract for not fulfilling the agreed plan, so they will try to respect what they promised. We mention this because many people have a problem with “breaking all possible deadlines” when the repairman enters their house. No matter if you are simply renovating a bathroom, repairing a boiler or bathtub, repairing installations, changing windows and doors in the apartment, or doing other work in question, you’ll have to make a contract ahead to prevent any misunderstandings later on.
We also advise consulting someone, such as a civil engineer, on all the things you plan on doing. It is always a good idea to have an extra opinion, especially when it comes from a professional, and it also allows you to have a better outlook on all the plans and future work you plan on doing.
Start from the top
One aspect of the house which is often neglected during home renovations is the roof, even though it suffers the most damage due to exposure to different weather conditions. Some basic roof repair advice is to look for potential cracks or major holes. You can also make sure to replace all the shingles completely if some are worn out or the damage might seem irreversible.
While you are already doing the shingle roof replacement, consider switching to a more durable and more sustainable material, such as the new asphalt shingles. They are known to be wind-resistant, solar-reflective, impact-resistant, and even fire-resistant. With all these properties, they are a far more sustainable option as they will save you money in the long run, and you’ll make sure to never replace a shingle again. There is one catch. With such replacements, you’ll have to make sure no permits are needed, as the law in some states requires you to obtain these permits in case you change the original material or anything regarding the construction.
You have to do some research on the topic, but in most cases, such replacements are easy to achieve and do not take much time or effort if you hire professionals to do the job.
Furthermore, it is worth mentioning how a roof replacement can cut down on heating costs as the excess heat stays trapped within the house while no cold wind is entering it from the top.
Once you have peeled off the tiles, dismantled, and removed everything you need from the old things in your house, it’s time to change the installations, or replace the old installations with new ones. This includes the installation of plastic pipes for water supply and sewerage, as well as the installation of electrical components. This second step is quite noisy because this type of work involves a lot of cutting and drilling and takes longer than throwing old things away, so from time to time, check that bulletin board in the building if by chance some angry neighbor has made a complaint.
While you are at it, think of new windows and doors, as this can greatly reduce the cost of heating and electricity. By making this replacement, you’ll also add value to your home and make sure there is better sound insulation than before. It seems a bit costly, but it is an integral part of the whole home renovation process.
The last step is to give it a final touch by painting the interior of the house. Once you have chosen the colors for your new living space, you’ll have to smooth out the whole surface. Smoothing involves leveling walls and filling all holes and cracks over which dispersive or semi-dispersive wall paint is applied. Before smoothing, painters should prime the slats around the new windows and balcony doors. It would also be good to place aluminum moldings on the corners of walls and corners of windows. You’ll create a more lovely living space.
We advise you to be patient during the whole process, make sure you’ve obtained all the needed legal permits (your contractor is not obliged to do this instead of you), plan ahead, and think about what can go wrong, thereby being more prepared for the worst-case scenario. But, we’re sure everything will turn out better than great in the end.