Older homes have a lot of classic designs and layouts but when you want to renovate one, you have to consider a few factors first. These factors can influence the type of work your home may need prior to completing your renovation. By taking the opportunity to have your home inspected, you can avoid potential problems that will delay your remodeling project.

Possible Asbestos Problem

One possible problem that you can encounter is asbestos. In many older homes, asbestos was used in several types of building materials such as old vinyl flooring, cement wall sheets and wall insulation. If you think that your home has asbestos, you should not try to remove it on your own.

Asbestos is dangerous when the small fibers get into the air and you breathe them in. Leaving it alone and having the surfaces tested is your best course of action. You want to hire a company that specializes in identifying and dealing with this material.

Additionally, if the asbestos-covered item is in good condition, you can have the company seal the surface instead of removing the asbestos. Sealing the surface prevents the fibers from getting into the air and this method can be an alternative option when it would be too difficult to remove it completely from your home.

Structural Issues

Another issue you can face when renovating an older home is structural instability. If you are planning to change the layout of a room or build an addition, you need to make sure that the current structure can withstand the changes.

Load-bearing walls, for example, can only handle a specific amount of weight before they fail. Even a simple change such as using heavier materials can compromise this area of your home.

To prevent these types of issues, you want to consult a structural engineer. This individual has the training and knowledge required to identify potential problems with your new design concept. The engineer will look at your foundation, infrastructure and building envelope, which helps them locate structural issues that could cause walls to fail or your foundation to crack.

Utility Problems

Unfortunately, unless your home has been remodeled in the past, you may have an issue with your home’s utilities. Older wiring and plumbing systems may not meet the current standards for your area. If left alone, you could have issues with electrical wires fraying or your sewer lines may fail as well.

The idea of replacing your home’s electrical wiring and plumbing is not a fun concept. However, you need to bring these items up to code so your remodeling project can past the inspections your local government requires. For dealing with this issue, you want to have each area of your home inspected, so that any outdated utilities can be found and replaced.

When renovating an older home, you need to think about potential issues. Considering these issues in advance can allow you to deal with them before your remodeling project starts, which may also help you avoid some delays with the work you need done. For more questions about remodeling or asbestos, contact a company like IRS Environmental of WA Inc.