Before you get excited about renovating your home, you might need to go through a thorough check-up of the usual suspects when it comes to a rickety house. Here are some of the most troublesome areas in your home which can hide some sneaky problems that you might need to address sooner rather than later.
Walls and paint jobs
Walls are the simplest places to check for damage, but you might want to look closer when it comes to assessing these areas. Doing a test for moist areas could reveal its susceptibility to cracks and warping, which could be a sign that you need to reinforce your walls. Cracking walls could lead to the generation of mold and the attraction of pesky insects.
Bathroom and kitchen areas
Bathroom and kitchen areas can be a bit tricky as you’ll have to double check not just the external pieces but the interior pieces as well. Plumbing can be a pain to deal with, so it’s best that you leave it to the professionals. But what you can look forward to assessing on your own is the quality of your floorboards. Depending on what you have installed, whether they be vinyl laminate, wood, tiles, or concrete, there’s bound to be damage over time. Cheaper pieces of flooring are prone to cracks and even warping when dealing with wet surfaces. Since you’ll be dealing with moist areas like these, it’s best that you make use of waterproof flooring as your primary option for replacing your old tiles and floorboards.
Living room and bedroom scratches
Similar to your bathroom and kitchen areas, the living room and bedroom are susceptible to stains and scratches. Dinner guests or your early morning coffee breaks on the sofa could lead to unchecked spills and stains on your furniture to your flooring. See if there is any discoloration on your floorboards to see if you’re holding on to damaged material that needs replacement or if it needs reinforcing.
Plumbing and electrical wiring
Beyond being connected to your kitchen and various parts of your home, you should also be sure that your house is safe from any electrical wiring hazards. Make sure that your fuse box is appropriately sealed off from any environmental harm such as snow, rain, and intense heat. A broken fuse box could lead to a few days of no electricity, or worse, an additional repair fee from the electrical company.
Instead of doing it yourself, you might want to consult an electrician to deal with checking your electrical wires. It’s essential to know if they’re transferring the right voltage and to see if there are any weak or chewed off parts of wiring to replace. The same can be said for the plumbing in your home which could result in a catastrophic indoor flood if you’re not careful enough. As an alternative solution to dealing with floods, be sure that there aren’t any electronic outlets close to the floor and have a mop ready just in case to deal with spills or puddles.