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Things to Take Care of When Renovating Your Home

October 13, 2014

We often hear about homeowners planning an exhaustive home renovation project. Usually, the objective is to increase the functionality and aesthetics of the existing construction. Usually, time and money are the most decisive parameters, particularly in homes that suffer from fundamental flaws. This includes lack of sufficient insulation.

Often, this is found in homes with poorly ventilated spaces or those suffering from structural issues that often arise during to an aging construction or neglectful maintenance. In this discussion, we share some handy information about how to approach renovation projects along with highlighting insulation-centric renovation ideas.

Basics of Home Renovation Projects

These are some of the most fundamental considerations when you are planning home renovation of any type/scale:

•    Bare Essentials to Get Started—before you start making changes to your home, get regulatory clearances from the local councils. Most states/districts have a different set of permissions for different residential areas. Your property might engage some limitations or taxations. There is also a possibility of needing certificates if you plan to upgrade your home’s energy conservation capacity. Today, some homeowners can also apply for energy credits. Ensure you have absolute clarity regarding the scale and type of your renovation project.

•    Utility of Qualified Workforce—don’t get lured into the promise of cheap labor. This usually means workers with little skills for timely completion of your project. Qualified contractors can give you a reality check about the effectiveness of the proposed changes to your property.

•    Honest DIY Approach—if you are thinking about executing the project on your own, ensure you get some professional advice from building renovation experts or sub-contractors. There is nothing wrong with the DIY approach. Just be honest in assessing your skills and the kind of assistance you might need.

•    Proper Budgeting—be realistic and very stringent when calculating a budget. Remember, there is some room for improvisation but if you cannot complete the project within the intended period, according to your financial plan, you might end up with too many expenses.

• Incorporating the most ideal Insulation for Renovation—Owens Corning Wood Framing Kraft has solutions for your building & remodeling needs that help save energy and create quiet and safer homes.

Insulation-focused Renovation Tips

If you want to raise your home’s energy conservation capacity or its overall insulation performance, please read through the following:

•    Try to address spots of unintentional leakage of air, usually seen in older walls and foundations.

•    Seek professional help to employ the most effective energy conservation solutions. These often need regulatory clearances and might come with huge discounts.

•    Check the ceiling light fixtures that are often recessed deep into the attic and hide energy leakage spots.

•    Electrical boxes using a complex wiring system often create attic spaces through which air-conditioned air is lost and external winds enter.

•    Personally check all the plumbing, wiring, and duct installations, especially near the attic to rule out any untreated points of energy leakage.

•    Check for energy leakage through rim joist areas in the foundation of your house, even if it is a new property.

Be open to explore beyond what you have planned as a part of your renovation project. Remember, insulation-related renovations are hard to repeat/repair. It is better to ensure the best insulation for your home by being patient. Try to seek advice from different contractors or renovation experts.




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