If you are buying your first house, a fixer-upper, or an investment property, it is important to know what might need to be repaired or replaced almost immediately. Let us tell you a few items that must be done to make your new place better.
The notion of picking out and purchasing your first house has an element of romance that is undeniable. From the realtor visits to the mortgage signing, from the first box moved in to the first time you have to use your cordless roofing nailer to replace the shingles, everything is new and exciting, even if it needs a little TLC.
And to enhance that sensation, and improve the experience, it is important to know a few things about your new place, whether it is your first, second, a house to be flipped, or a house for rental income. Some items are doomed to fail eventually. Pipes rust, and drains clog. Wiring codes change, and air conditioners die.
Making Your Better Right Away
Before you unpack all those boxes, let’s go through some home renovation tips that can save you trouble in the long run. We know you are wondering “how much does a home renovation cost?” And that largely depends on what needs to be done.
One of the easiest items on the home renovation costs checklist is replacing the locks on all exterior doors. If you wish, interior door locks can be swapped as well.
This is not a DIY home renovation option. Call a professional and get an inspection. Check on them with the Better Business Bureau to make sure they are reputable, so you don’t get taken advantage of.
If you have central air, furnace heat, a boiler, or some other entire house system for heating and cooling, get it inspected, and be sure to swap any filters right away. This doesn’t apply with portable a/c units.
A fire inspection is wise. Not just to make sure you don’t have a possible powder keg, but also in suppression. Old houses with asbestos can still be hazardous, and asbestos was used for fireproofing. It is rare, but better to know than to assume. And get a fire extinguisher for your place for safety.
5. A Hammer and WD-40
Moving into a new place can be a little spooky, especially when there are unexplained squeaks or creeks. A well-placed nail on those creaky stairs and some lubricant on the squeaky hinges can provide welcomed silence.
Moving into a new house can be extremely exciting, but also stressful if you do not plan ahead. For instance, the home renovation cost on an old, beautiful Victorian house can add up fast. Be excited, but also be pragmatic. Have you had the financial setback of not planning for your own renovation?
About Alex Green
Alex is a copywriter with 3 years of experience. He is fond of healthy living and knows everything about home improvement. In his spare time, Alex likes walking with his golden retriever, meeting with friends, and attending the gym.