OUT WITH THE OLD: RESTORING AN OLD HOME

restoring an old home

Perhaps you’re living in a property that isn’t exactly that modern or comfortable. Maybe, like many others, you’re actually considering purchasing an older, even dilapidated property with the aim of bringing it back to life. Whatever the case, it’s time to start thinking about restoring the place, turning an old and crumbling edifice into a modern home.

 

This isn’t a task you should underestimate. A lot of people assume that restoration will be easier, and that it will always make them a great profit when it comes to reselling the place. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to be thinking about when you restore a property.

 

 

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The budget

This won’t be a cheap endeavor. It’s true that buying an older property that’s in bad shape and restoring it yourself can often work out cheaper than buying a modern home that’s already had the work done by others. But restoration, like general renovation, is going to cost you quite a lot of money. So make sure your finances are in order and that you can acquire a loan if need be. Figure out how much you can afford and create a budget for the project.

 

 

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The inspection

It’s essential that you get the home properly inspected. A lot of people who take on this sort of project make the mistake of assuming they don’t need to get the property inspected. After all, they’re buying the property because it’s a bit decrepit and needs work, right? The problem here is that you need to know as much about the inner workings of the property as you can, because this will help you figure out exactly what you need to do. Let’s say you’ve got a plan for installing modern lighting. You’ve got the lighting picked out, but do you know if the electrical infrastructure can take it? Do you know for sure that there are no hazardous problems? This is why you still need a thorough inspection.

 

The required work

A home restoration project is basically a second job. It’s not something that (most) people do as some form of entertainment. If you’re only putting a small number of hours into it a week, or just doing the work on weekends, then it’s going to take you forever to get the job done. This is another reason why figuring out a budget is so important: if you’re looking to get this done within the next six months or so (this is usually what people aim for), then you’re going to need to put a lot of time into it – which means you may need to take a bit of time off work, or get some professional assistance in the project.

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The permits

Just because you’re restoring your own property, it doesn’t mean that you’re completely cleared to do whatever you want in the eyes of the law. You still might need to get certain permits from your local council. You may even have to contend with a homeowners’ association (although, to be fair, they’re probably going to be quite grateful that someone wants to restore a house in their neighborhood!)

 

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