If you have just bought an old house, you might have to make some repairs on it. You could also remodel the home’s layout to make it more suitable for your household requirements. Before you start getting carried away with your plans and dreams of renovating a fixer-upper, it might be a good idea to consult with a Portland remodeling company before making a purchase.
By consulting with a professional renovation contractor, you will have a better idea about the costs involved in fixing up an old house. You might think that you are getting a good real estate deal by purchasing a fixer-upper, but you should be aware that repairs and renovations can also be costly. In some cases, it will be cheaper to buy a newer home that needs fewer repairs.
When you assess an aged home when you are out house hunting, your untrained eye will only notice surface damage. An experienced contractor will see things deeper than what you initially see. A renovation service provider will be able to know if you need major structural repairs or if the home’s foundation is no longer sturdy or structurally sound or safe to occupy.
An old home’s crawlspace, foundation, attic, roof, and hidden areas must be carefully inspected. If the home is made of wood, you need to have it checked for pests and termite infestation. The crawlspace and attic must be checked for mold that can be very unhealthy for you and your family. The roof also has to be examined for sound installation, leaks and damage.
Wooden floors must also be checked for water damage, termites and decay from old age. Replacing hardwood floors can be expensive. Your contractor may suggest other renovation options such as processed wood floor boards, tiles or carpeting over concrete. A creative flooring contractor can also make cement floors look like granite or marble. This is a nice looking option that is also cheap and durable.
If you need to make your newly purchased home become suitable to the needs of your family, you may be required to change the floor plan, relocate the staircase elsewhere or add more rooms and bathrooms. Maybe you will want a home-office or guest room in a private and semi-separate area. The best person to consult with regarding these possibilities is a renovation contractor.
Old homes are not equipped with modern amenities such as fireproofing and soundproofing. You can replace old walls and ceilings with fire resistant and sound proof drywalls. You can also have insulation fitted in between the walls and ceilings. Shut out exterior noise by replacing old windows with double glazed glass panels. Double or triple glazed window panes are energy efficient as well.
If you are concerned about the costs of renovating an old but affordable house, consider getting expert advice from a remodeling company. A good provider can also inspect a house with you to determine if it will be too expensive to fix up and remodel. Never rush buying aged houses because you want to make sure that you are not buying a money pit that will require endless repairs and renovations.