Okay, so you are tired of the old-fashioned kitchen cabinets or want to turn two small bedrooms into one. It is your house, and you absolutely have the right to do so. However, before you start in on the project, get a home inspection. Not only will having a professional's opinion help when it comes to getting the necessary permits, but it can also save you a whole lot of trouble. Here are just a few ways having an inspection can help.
Know What You Are Up Against
Imagine pulling out the old kitchen cabinets to find that the plumbing went in a direction you didn't know about. You could end up breaking pipes and having to stop the project until you get the plumbing fixed. You can never be sure of what the original builder did or what previous owners to the home may have changed. Plumbing, electrical wiring, and/or HVAC systems may be in the way of your remodel. Knowing exactly where everything is, and their condition can save you a lot of time, money, and aggravation.
Anytime you are going to be moving a wall, you need to know if it is weight-bearing or not. Sure it would be great to have one big, open room instead of two smaller ones, but not if moving the wall will make the area unsafe. While you may not see any trouble for a long time, eventually the structure will buckle and collapse. Of course, before it does, there will probably be other issues in the surrounding walls. When you are doing this to a lower floor the upper floor walls may buckle first due to the extra stress put on them as the floor shifts under them. Moving walls on an upper floor may have bad consequences for your roof.
If there is a problem with your plans, a home inspector like Catawba Island Home Inspections can help you find a way to work around it and still achieve the same results. He or she may be able to tell you h ow to reinforce an area where you want to take out a wall by using a half wall or putting in a few columns for added support. The inspector can also help you decide which type of materials to use that will get the job done safely to keep your home sturcturally sound without breaking the bank.
Unless you built the house yourself, you can never be sure what you are going to find once you start ripping things out. Having a home inspection before you get started is the best way to ensure your project goes off without a hitch.