If you are excited by the thought of having purchased your new fixer-upper, you probably can’t wait to get in there to start knocking down walls, reconfiguring the space for your modern lifestyle, and beginning the renovations to your dream home. You bought a fixer-upper because you wanted to put your own stamp on your property and not have to live with other people’s decor tastes and interior design. However, the romantic notion of completing your own major renovation project might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Take a look at what nasty surprises may linger in between the four walls of your fixer-upper and discover what you can do to dodge them effectively.
If you have bought a property that hasn’t been lived in for a while and is verging on being classified as derelict, there’s a strong chance that the pipework will not be quite up to scratch. Get a surveyor on board straight away and instruct him to carry out an in-depth assessment of your new humble abode. He will be able to map out on a blueprint any structural areas of concern from pipework to electrical faults. He’ll be able to tell you the relevant professionals to call and give you a ballpark figure of how much it will cost to fix the issues. By doing this, you can get the relevant tradespeople in without delay.
Pests And Vermin
We’ve all seen the programs on television when intrepid pest controllers and local government officials tentatively set foot into old unused buildings to discover a whole host of bats or cockroaches or some other wild and feral beasts. You may pick up the keys to your new property and discover bed bugs, rats, or some other infestation in your new home. Don’t worry, it will look much worse than it is. The best way to remedy the issue is to call in a wildlife removal firm to deal with the problem using relevant traps and fumigation techniques. They will have years of experience dealing with pest problems and will sanitize your home, post animal removal to leave your home hygienic and clean.
The often goes unnoticed until it rears its ugly head as a large piece of speckled black mold or a wet dog type of smell in a room. Although it can look severe, dampness is usually relatively simple to fix. You may need to employ a professional to provide a new damp course in the walls of your property or assess the windows for any condensation issues. In the meantime, you can set up a in the house to try and draw the moisture from the walls keeping the atmosphere as dry as possible.
Buying a fixer-upper can be one of the most satisfying experiences of your life. Starting out with nothing but a shell of a building and injecting life back into each and every room to create your dream home is the ultimate reward.