Buying a new house would be very exciting. You can stay in a new building which is still clean, strong, and it is just new! However, not everyone can afford a new house. If you experience such a thing, you can take another alternative; buying an old home and renovate it. The condition of a new house is commonly more comfortable to live in. Yet, buying an old house and renovating it can be the right solution for your need.
Knowing the ins and outs of the old house to be renovated surely helps you in determining the best choice. The following are some tips you can consider in choosing an old house to be renovated.
Buying a house in a residential area from the developer or builder requires more money, indeed, compared to buying a second hand home. This is due to the condition of the old house which is deemed to have decreased in terms of its structure (building strength values). To that end, the most important thing in determining the choice is to ensure that the main structure of the house is still in a good condition.
A good structured building can be seen from the good wall without any severe cracks. As long as the cracks can be fixed, such as hair cracks, the building structured can be said to be still in a good condition. It will be helpful if you ask your friend who understands building structures when observing the house you want to buy.
Another important thing to consider is the position of the house towards the road in front of it. For a sloping area which has a tendency to flood, it is important to have a home located much higher than the road. You need to check, whether later you need to make the house higher or not. It if is necessary, you need to consider the budget for making the first floor higher.
The next thing you have to see is the installation, which includes the clean water, dirty water, waste, electricity, and other stuffs that are important for the sustainability of the house. Make sure that all of them are well installed. It would also be useful to ask the neighbors about the electricity or the condition of water. The most important thing is that you should be careful and detailed in digging information about the house.
After you have done with all of those basic things, you can start planning the budget for the home renovation. Happy renovating!
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