Homes age over time begging the need to make a few changes to get them as close as possible to their new state if not better. However, renovation is not as easy as breaking down walls to create more space or making changes to the flooring in the home.
The process requires expert attention and as such a thorough home inspection should be carried out to assess the exact needs of the house. A pre-renovation inspection is, therefore, carried out prior and as the renovation process is ongoing.
Pre-renovation home inspection is intended to identify any problems or deficiencies with the systems in the house before the renovation process begins. This process in effect helps to project the cost and complexity of the renovation to be performed.
A clear distinction is made between what the homeowner actually wants and what they need. This eliminates surprises that may arise after the renovation is underway forcing the builders to handle works that had not initially been planned for and, therefore had not been included in the renovation contract.
However, a professional pre-renovation home inspector is trained to guide their clients through the renovation making them understand that changes made on one part of the house may end up affecting other parts. Treating the house as a unit helps the builders to understand the renovations that can be handled and those that should be avoided.
Areas where the home inspector’s insight is invaluable, are as discussed below:
1. Mechanical systems
After the homeowner provides the scope of work they want to be conducted, the inspector would guide them on the mechanical systems that would have to be upgraded in order to support the new work. The inspector shares this insight after the carrying out a proper assessment on the house and identifying the electrical service, heating systems, or the plumbing that have deficiencies or would be affected by the new work expected to be carried out.
2. House structure
The structure of the house depends on load bearing points that are clearly established, and whose reliability may be compromised during the renovation process. The pre-renovation home inspector clearly identifies these points and the support problems that may arise as a result of the renovations. The inspector may guide the homeowner on how to work around these load bearing points, but still maintain a firm structure post renovation.
3. The roofing on the house
Making renovations on the roof raises the question whether it is wise to mix the new and the old, or replace the entire roof. Replacing all the existing materials on the roof just to add a skylight seems a bit extravagant, however, the assigned inspector is in a better position to advise on the best option to take.
4. The basement
Basements are notorious for mold growth due to dampness that may arise in these areas. With a good inspector on call, the home owner is in a good position to get the right pieces of advice on the best way to minimize the risk of water damage as well as mold growth. The inspector guides the homeowner on the appropriate ways to carry out the basement finishing work which in effect makes the renovation work more efficient.
The greatest benefit of pre-renovation home inspection is the increase in efficiency of the changes made. This is because deficient systems that had not been included in the renovation contract have a chance to be repaired imposing a positive effect on the upgrades made. It is, therefore, important to consult professional inspectors when looking to upgrade that family estate or a previously enjoyed house.