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It’s not something that happens every day, but at some point in life, you might get the opportunity to inherit a rather run-down building that looks like it’s about to collapse. The windows could be shattered, the structure could be literally falling apart and the utilities might even be so old and worn that they no longer work.
It sounds like a lot of work to try and get something like that back up to scratch, but it can be rewarding in many different ways. It’s a long-term project that will make you feel fantastic when you finally finish it, and if you play your cards right you can rent it out or even sell the property for several times more than what you paid unless it was handed down to you.
So in this article, we’re going to give you some tips on how you can bring a house on its last legs back up to scratch.
First thing’s first–what happened to the property?
There has to be a reason why the property was handed to you or sold for a very low price. Perhaps a fire tore through it and no one wants to fix it, maybe it has a flooding issue during the wet season or it might even be rumoured to be haunted. Whatever the case is, find out the history of the property and work from there.
Identify the risky areas of the property based on its past
Once you’ve found out about the history of the property, you can start thinking about where the most dangerous parts are. For instance, if it was built when asbestos was still used, then you’ll want to consider speaking to an expert to remove all traces of it before you decide to work on it. If it has a flooding issue, then you should contact Blue Seal waterproofing company or even a local plumber to see where the water damage is coming from and how you can prevent it from happening in the future.
Move all of the trash out and inspect it
If there’s still broken furniture and pieces of glass all over the place, then get it cleaned up before you perform a visual inspection. You should be inspecting cracks in the wall that could tell you that there’s structural damage, you could look for weakened walls and exposed utility pipes and wires, and you can even examine the foundation of the property and clean it up. During this process, you should be writing down a list of details in a notebook for later use.
Start drawing up a plan to renovate the place
Renovating an old home is hard enough, but bringing back a wrecked home and reviving it can seem like an insurmountable task. Thankfully, with the right amount of planning it’s actually a very simple process. Sit down and look at the notes you’ve written then tie them each with a service. If there’s lots of debris that needs to be removed, call a waste management expert. If there are electrical utilities that need to be fixed, get in touch with an electrician. Break down each problem and then find the individual solution that will fix it.
With these four simple steps, you’ll easily be able to bring back a rundown wreckage of a home back onto its foundations and transform it into a beautiful home that can be sold, rented or even inhabited by you.