5 pitfalls to avoid when renovating a historic
Post on 24-Jan-2018
HAYLEN GROUP INC
DONT FALL IN LOVE BEFORE YOU REALLY
KNOW THE DEAL
Have a team of top-notch professionalsanagent who specializes in historic neighborhoods, agood home inspector, and a general contractor withexperience renovating older propertieswalkthrough and identify all critical issues, West says.
Topping the list: lousy wiring and plumbing, drafty orotherwise inefficient windows, badly slopingfoundations. Get estimates from at least threecontractors for repairs, West says. You might findthat the extra costs and time involved are justbeyond your reach.
DONT CREATE A BUDGET WITH NO WIGGLE
When you undertake a reno project, you always
need to leave some space in the budget for those
unforeseen hiccups, like a lead pipe in a wall you
were going to tear down, or water damage in a
ceiling, he says. Factor in an extra 10% into the
budget to tackle those problems, as well as some
extra time to get unplanned work completed.
DONT LOSE SIGHT OF THE
Some of these homes have design elements that cant
be replicated easily such as detailed crown moldings or
ornate fireplaces in nearly every room, West says.
Design around those details instead of removing them.
Keep in mind, too, that there might be limitations on
what you can change if the surrounding area is
designated as a historic neighborhood by your city or
state, or if its listed on the National Register of Historic
Places, which contains more than 90,000 listings across
the United States. Make sure you run your renovation
plans by code enforcement and your local historic
preservation board before any work gets underway.
DONT TRY TO SAVE MONEY BY DOING IT ALL
Sure, you might be an arena-level rock star when it
comes to painting walls and installing light fixtures,
but leave the major projects to the pros. Electrical
rewiring, foundation and structural repairs, and
reconfiguring plumbing arent tasks suited for the
casual DIYer. Bring in experienced contractors who
have worked on older homes before (ask for
references!)unless you want bigger, more
expensive headaches down the road. Trust us on
DONT IGNORE THE THINGS YOU CANT SEE
Asbestos, lead, radon, wood rot, and mold are
common environmental issues that crop up
frequently in historic home renovations, especially if
a property has been vacant for a long time. Hire a
licensed home inspector who can catch these
issues early on and recommend companies to
address them. If significant mitigation work is
required, youll be in a good position to negotiate
those items (or the price) with the seller.
Haylen Group Inc.
Silicon Valley (Santana Row Location)
560 S Winchester Blvd