A home renovation is a major project. It involves a lot of expense, time, and energy as we make decisions about what to replace, what colors and finishes to use, what floor coverings we want, and much more.
When we get fully immersed in a renovation, it can be very easy to get tunnel vision. There are so many decisions to make (and bills to pay) that we choose to omit some of the things that add cost and time to the project without giving us a very direct benefit. We also just want to hurry up with the project and get everything back to normal so we can enjoy our upgrades.
This can be a big mistake. Bear in mind that the visible things in your house that are worn out or out of date are all connected to hidden things that may also be past their prime. Leaving these old features intact while upgrading other things is pointless.
Let’s review some of the things that may need your attention while you’ve already disrupted household functions for a few weeks.
This is a broad area that represents some things that you may not think of as renovation work. But while you’re doing lots of other things that can save money and improve safety, this area can help too.
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People are typically reluctant to get into this as part of a renovation project, because they are spooked enough by the cost when it’s a stand-alone project. But there are a lot of benefits to upgrading your heat and air conditioning while you’re in the middle of other renovation work.
Your HVAC can be a big money saver for you and has a much better chance of paying for itself than cosmetic considerations, especially if you plan to stay in the home a long time. Old units are inefficient. Ductwork may be incorrectly sized or leaky, especially if the home has had an addition built.
While renovation is ongoing, get a qualified contractor to check and clean your system and see if everything is adequate. Your air and heat won’t run much while you have windows and doors out for upgrades anyway, so you might as well see if the system itself could improve.
Plumbing & Electrical
Faucets, commodes, light fixtures, and appliances are major features of many renovations. Everyone wants something more efficient, quieter, brighter, or better.
What they often miss is the stuff it takes to operate these items. That beautiful garden tub will not be much fun if there’s a leak in the hot water pipe supplying it. Your gourmet cake will not bake if the new oven keeps tripping breakers. And on and on.
During renovation, have a good electrician and plumber check things out. Look for pipes that are teetering on the verge of failure. See if your current breakers are heavy enough for the load they’ll handle, and if the breaker box is large enough and in good condition.
What we’ve offered today are practical tips. No one will have a housewarming party to show off their new breaker box or let their friends hear how quietly the new heat pump kicks on. But our homes don’t just entertain us or make us feel comfortable. They also cost a lot of money, so anything we can do to ease the cost of making it more entertaining and comfortable is well worth the effort.
From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written and pictures provided by Sam Peter.
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