One time or another, we need to renovate the house. It can be due to the shabby condition or our desire for a new look. Sometimes, maintenance and repair are not enough. For instance, you and your lover are expecting a kid, but you have not had a room for the baby. Often, the choices are whether to move to a new place or to renovate.
And before you hire a contractor and tell them what you want to do with the house, read this article first. Most people do not base their renovation plan on careful thought. Do not repeat the same mistake!
Inspecting the Roof
A house’s roof is its crown. It gives a significant impact on the curb appeal. If the roof looks sagged, no matter what the architectural design of the house is, it will not appear attractive at all. In fact, the condition endangers anyone beneath it.
If no threats are visible, check on the roof deck for its strength. If you use metal, you may not need to worry as much as if it is wood-made. First, detect any signs of leakage. If molds and moss appear on some parts of the ceiling, the roof shingles may have some cracks in them. Second, check the color of the roof. No paint is invincible against weather. After some time, they require replacement.
You may consider a total renovation if you find out that your roof is not safe to withstand the natural threats that commonly happen in your region. Fireproofing and quake-proofing are two of many reasons for redoing the roof.
In case you are not sure of the condition of the roof, do not be hesitant to hire a professional roofer. Usually, they offer a free roof inspection to diagnose what replacement is needed.
The House’s Energy Efficiency
Regarding today’s environmental issues, living in a house with inefficient energy use can bring discomfort to us. And if that is the case you experience, you can decide to renovate your home to be more environmentally friendly than before.
First, get an energy auditor. Calculating the energy use require professional tools and a thorough inspection. If you do it by yourself, the result will be prone to errors and will probably worsen the situation.
Second, consult the auditor about energy-starred utilities that are most-suited for your house. There are many energy-starred household items on the market, which make choosing the right one confusing. Expert opinion will undoubtedly help you to decide.
Third, ask the auditor to evaluate the electrical system in the house. A poor wiring system wastes energy a lot. In case a total replacement and re-wiring are needed, you have to make sure that they are done as the auditor tells you.
The House Aesthetics
The last but not least important is the aesthetic of the house. We discuss the house aesthetics after the sections above because it is a subtle topic that can only be adequately addressed after we deal with the visible damages. We follow the basic tenets of architecture, “Firmatis, Utilitas, and Venustatis.” Those are in Roman, which means, ” Durability, Utility, and Beauty.” The practical value of the house must come first into our consideration before we can think of how the appearance can satisfy our taste.
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