What You “Need To Know” About Your Home While Planning For Your Renovation

Brown Residence, Week 3 Need List_ Inspection 3-2 (1st)Since the Brown’s took their time in assessing their family’s needs by asking themselves a litany of questions, they were able to evaluate their current situation, determine their goals and compile a solid dream home “wish list”.  This is a critical step in the pre-planning process and makes all the difference between a good home renovation project – and a great one! With a whole house remodel of this magnitude and a potential budget to match, it’s equally important to move on to the next set step of establishing a “need list”. More specifically, we need to determine what condition their house is currently in – and learn as much as we can about its weaknesses – both inside and out. What we’re looking for:
  • Cracks in the existing foundation.
  • Rotting or splitting around doors and windows.
  • Sagging roof sections or missing shingles.
  • Antiquated wiring – which could potentially become a fire hazard.
  • The current amp capacity (which will need to be increased in order to accommodate their wish list).
  • Check plumbing and water pressure and temperature.  If the pipes are galvanized steel then upgrade them to copper.Need List_Inspection 3-2 (2nd)
If you’re in a similar situation and it seems a bit overwhelming, consider calling in a contractor or building inspector before you even begin the renovation process, and have them conduct a physical inspection of your home.  You’ll have a much better assessment of where you stand. The “need (to fix it) list” may not be part of the Brown’s original plan – but it’s necessary to ensure their money will be wisely spent. I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc