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Old Home Recovery: How to Make Sure Your Remodel is Up to Code

Written by Posted On Monday, 26 September 2016 16:04

A fixer-upper property can be a treasure in disguise. You purchased the property at a remarkable deal, and now you simply need to update it. However, older homes will often have some obstacles that you need to address. Removing, altering or replacing certain items could require some special instructions. As you recover your old home's beauty, consider these remodeling strategies and their necessary building codes in order to keep your family safe.


Upgrading the Electrical Wiring


You might be constructing a new bedroom or outfitting the garage with a modern workshop. In these cases, it's critical to look up local codes with the authorities. Simply adding new wiring to the home on an older electrical panel can create a fire hazard. Ideally, contact several electrical contractors in your area. Ask for quotes from each professional after they evaluate the system. Select the professional with a reasonable price and extensive experience. They'll be able to install a new panel and wiring without any concerns about electrical or fire hazards.


Stripping Old Paint


The old, popcorn-ceiling texture only reflects the age of the home, and you want to remove it as a first step during the remodel. Stop yourself before pulling any of these materials off, however. The home might have an asbestos problem that you're unaware of, especially if the structure is dated before 1970. Removing paint from ceilings or walls could allow asbestos to permeate the air. This substance is banned from construction materials now, but older homes can release this cancer-causing agent into the household. Only allow the professionals to remove any materials that are suspected of housing asbestos.


Adding a Structural Element


Always consult with a building professional when you want to alter any part of the home's structural frame. Removing a wall or building a deck are two scenarios that require a permit and inspection by construction professionals. Load-bearing walls might be removed, which creates an unstable structure. Decks are perfect remodeling projects because of their simple installation, but connecting them to the structure takes some knowledge about fasteners and protective flashing. Keeping these items up to code will protect the household from any major damages.



If you're starting a project on your home, perform some research beforehand. Look up local building codes and their associated details. You may need to pull a permit from the authorities or consult with a contractor. Many contractors, like Jeffrey Hills and Associates, specialize in bringing old homes up to code, ask about this when you call for pricing information. Although meeting structural codes is another step in the project's progress, your home will benefit with sound construction and higher value among future buyers.

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