Upgrades and renovations allow you to customize your home to meet the needs of your family. Personalizing your living spaces is one of the greatest benefits of homeownership. However, before you start a major project, hire a home inspector. Here are a few reasons to order an inspection before remodeling your home.

Prioritize Repairs with an Inspection Before Remodeling

A home inspector will provide a detailed report of any defects, problems, and safety concerns discovered in the house. Learning about issues that already exist will help you prioritize repairs and your remodeling projects.

If your inspector finds signs of water damage in the attic, you may choose to hold off on your expensive kitchen remodel in favor of installing a new roof. An inspection can save you money in the long-term because you can make informed choices about which projects you should prioritize to keep your home in excellent condition.

If you completed a full kitchen renovation and then the roof fails, your new kitchen could be ruined and you’ll have a roof replacement to deal with on top of kitchen repairs.

Discover Safety Issues with Building Materials

Depending on the age of your home, there may be hazardous materials that were used during its construction. In the mid-1960s, aluminum was introduced as an alternative to copper wiring. The price of copper was skyrocketing and aluminum was a less expensive choice. Aluminum responds to temperature changes and connections between this type of wiring easily become loose, leading to sparks, melting components, and house fires.

Asbestos insulation was commonly used in homes built in the 1960s and 70s. Some flooring materials and siding also contain asbestos. This material is known to increase the risks of lung cancer but is generally considered safe if left undisturbed. Talk to a professional home inspector about the possibility of asbestos-based materials in your home.

Another hazardous material found in older homes is lead-based paint. Adding lead made house paints long-lasting and extremely durable. However, lead-poisoning is a real risk, especially in young children. Lead-based paint was banned for use in homes in 1978. As long as the paint is in good condition with no chipping or flaking, it is considered safe. A major remodeling project may disturb the paint and lead to health concerns.

Check for Structural Issues with an Inspection Before Remodeling

If you’re planning to add another room or expand up and build another floor, it’s important to make sure the structure of your home can handle the improvements. A professional inspector will check the foundation, framing, and support beams throughout the house. The report will list any problems or defects that should be remedied before undertaking a major construction project.

Learn About Needed Upgrades to Support the Addition

If you’re adding another room or two to your home, make sure the current infrastructure of the property can handle the addition. The room will need outlets and lighting fixtures and depending on its intended use, you may need power for appliances and electronics.

Your home inspector can examine the circuit panel and determine if you’ll need extra breakers installed for the new space. He or she will also be able to tell if the septic system and plumbing are adequate for the project you have in mind.

Home improvements can provide a great return-on-investment. Make sure the renovations are done properly by starting your projects with a professional home inspection.

St. James Home Services offers inspection services to customers in Durham and the surrounding areas of North Carolina. Contact us to request our services.