Do you own a home that is older than your parents? Does it seem like the last time that the house was updated was before you were born? Having an out-of-date home is about more than just aesthetics. From crumbling wiring to plumbing that's out of code, there may be many reasons why renovation is a good idea. But before you can actually start any renovation project, you need to make plans and get things ready. This will help to ensure that everything is able to run as smoothly as possible. Some of the most important things that you need to do include the following.
Asbestos testing: The older your home is, the more necessary that asbestos testing becomes. While there are home testing kits available, these are meant more for smaller projects and not for testing an entire home. A better option is either for your renovation contractor to do the testing or for them to recommend a local company that does asbestos tests. Whichever company performs the testing, they will send someone in to collect a variety of samples. Many of these areas may be ones that you wouldn't even have considered testing on your own, which is why it's important to have professional testing done. If your home does test positive, a good contractor will know how to handle the situation.
Complete inspection: It's not uncommon for homeowners to want to tackle some of the renovation themselves instead of leaving everything to a renovation contractor. Sometimes, this can be fine, but you definitely need to know what you could be getting yourself into. Aside from the possibility of asbestos, having a full inspection performed will help to reveal troublesome issues like lead in the pipes or wiring that will need to be completely redone. Although you may be wanting to handle some of it yourself in order to try to save money, you may want to confine your efforts mainly to the demolition phase of the project for practical and safety reasons.
Define a budget: Depending on the findings of the asbestos testing and the complete inspection, you may have to revise your expectations of what can and cannot be done during your remodeling project. You may currently have one figure in mind but your renovation contractor tells you that it's going to cost a higher amount due to the age of the home. You'll need to figure out if this is something that you can afford or if you'll need to scale back your project and only update the most vital segments for now.