Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rescuing a Run-down House: Your First Tasks

It's not that unusual to find yourself with a run-down property on your hands. You might inherit a building from a relative that has been neglected. Perhaps you own a second property that you haven't paid attention to for too long. Or maybe, like many people, you decide to buy a house that needs some tender loving care. However the building came to be yours, there is often a lot of work to be done. Fixer-upper homes can take years and years to fix. They can be repaired relatively quickly if you can do it full-time. But if you only have the spare hours between work and other commitments, it often takes much longer. There are some vital tasks you need to do first. If you're not sure where to start, begin here.


Ensuring the Building is Structurally Sound

The first thing you have to do is make sure that the house is safe. You can't do anything with it if there's a risk of it falling around you. It would be dangerous for anyone to work on it, let alone live in it. If it has been neglected, there is every chance that the structure of the property has been damaged. You should get it surveyed to see what condition it is in. If there are any problems, they need to be addressed before you do anything else. In some case, it might be most sensible to tear it down and build something new.

Dealing with Pests

A house that has been abandoned for a long time can have all sorts of problems. When people are living there, they can take measures to prevent and get rid of pests. But without residents, all types of pests will feel free to move in. There could be bugs, rodents, or more unusual animals taking up residence in the property. You should investigate to find out if anything has taken over. Many pests are easy, if not cheap, to oust from a building. For example, professional termite treatment will get rid of the bugs. It's always best to go with professionals, instead of trying to do it yourself.

Making Sure the House is Secure

As well as being structurally sound, you need the property to be secure. Even if it's not in great condition, you don't want people breaking in. You could even have people moving in and making it their home if you're not careful. You might want to think of some temporary solutions if there is a lot of work to do on the property. That could involve bolts on doors and windows and an alarm. However, in some cases, you might need to replace doors or windows to make sure they're secure.

Checking Out Plumbing, Electricity and Energy Supplies

Of course, you also have to make sure that the property is supplied with the necessities. They need to be both working and safe. If you have a long project ahead of you, you might not turn on electricity and water straight away. However, it might be needed in order to work on the house. Don't forget to check the safety of wiring and other issues, such as gas supplies.

Before you can start making a property look good, you have to make sure it's not about to collapse. Address the important issues before you start decorating.