Sunday Morning Tip for May 17: 5 Things You Should Check Before Starting a Remodel

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for May 17:</span> 5 Things You Should Check Before Starting a Remodel
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    The building industry has seen many differences in construction design in the last few decades.

    One of these major differences is the use of floor trusses in residential building construction.

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Remodeling your home is an exciting opportunity to create more attractive and functional living space as well as increase the property value. However, a successful renovation requires careful planning to establish a realistic timeline and budget.

Before you even start, you should look over your home and find out if there are any repairs you need. In assessing your property for remodeling, here are some important aspects to consider.

Foundation

Before investing in a major construction overhaul of your home, do a thorough inspection of the foundation. You can also hire a professional home inspector to evaluate the structure for you.

Cracks, crumbling, or fissures could signal a serious problem with the foundation that needs to be addressed before you begin heavy renovations to expand or extend portions of the home. Such checks can feel frivolous, especially if nothing comes of it, but it can help you save untold amounts of money later.

Plumbing

The home’s main water lines and plumbing infrastructure should be assessed to ensure the plumbing is up to code and in good condition. Aging or leaking pipes and fittings should be repaired or replaced.

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      some plumbing maintenance ideas to consider      

Check the hot water tank and sump pump if you have one to make sure they are going to hold up during and after the new construction is implemented. You may want to compare pricing on equipment like new basement sump pumps and hot water tanks to add a new one if needed or replace an old one.

Even if it does not show problems now, it may not last that much longer. It’s a good idea to take care of all your construction and equipment needs at the same time.

Roof

Whether or not your roof will be impacted by the proposed remodel, take a look to ensure it is still in good condition. While shopping for remodeling supplies and products, this might be a good time to repair the roof.

If you do, you won’t have to take time later to do it and assemble equipment that you have on hand right now for the remodeling work. Inspect the drainpipes and gutters at the same time so that everything can be confirmed to be in good working order. You’ll also want to make sure any modifications you’ll make to your house can still support your roof.

Electric

The electric lines in every home need to be up to date and in good working order. Decide if new 220 lines will be needed for any new appliances you plan to install as well as general power needs for the home and garage.

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      some electrical need ideas to consider      

Look for frayed wiring and corroded outlets to update those as well. This is also a great time to consider where you might like to have a new outlets or what parts of the home will use the most electricity. Updating your home does not have to be a chore. Rather, it can help you decide what you want your remodel to do.

Your remodel will require time and money to do a good job. If you have been living in a home for a long time, it may be in need of some repairs and touch-ups.

Start with the basics like these to build on a solid foundation of quality performance and safety. Remodels can be stressful, so you’ll want to build smoothly and surely from the ground up, to ensure the smoothest possible process.

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