In the final chapter of our series on what items a new home buyer should look for once they decide to purchase their dream home, we will focus on inspecting the home’s exterior. Things like caulking, brickwork, grading, all help manage water penetration and mold issues. Let’s just dive right in!
- The grounds should be graded with a gentle slope away from the house to direct rain and melted snow toward the municipal drainage system. The grading is approved by the municipality and cannot be altered by the homeowner. Questions with respect to grading should be directed to the municipality or your builder.
- Some lots require shallow runoff trenches (swales) to help collect and drain water. Ensure that they are even and of a uniform slope.
- For a variety of reasons, it is possible that sod may not be laid at the time you take occupancy of your new home. Time of year may be a factor, or local municipalities may delay this process to ensure certain subdivision requirements have been met. You should, however, make note of these items on your PDI Form. Once installed, you are required to maintain the sod.
- Ask the builder about proper care and maintenance.
- Make sure that vertical and horizontal mortar joints between the bricks are completely filled.
- Check that weep holes at the bottom of the brick and above windows and doors are unobstructed. Weep holes are designed to allow moisture to escape from the brick wall.
- Check that trim is securely fixed.
- Make sure all windows and doors are caulked around their frames where the frame meets the walls of the house.
- Make sure that there are sufficient air vents for adequate, unobstructed roof ventilation.
Q: How much does it cost to renovate?
I recently purchased a 2,200sqft home as an investment, but now I have decided to use the home as my main residence. I have a very high end taste and the home is worthy of high end furnishings. I have $300k set a side for renovation, and furnishings, how much will it cost me to furnish the home?
I get this question all the time and there is no fast, quick, and magic number per square foot. It all comes down to the extent of your renovation project coupled with the finishes you prefer. Labour costs will vary according to where you are located.
Currently our costs in Canada are higher than what would be found in the US. The best advice I could give you, is start with a budget and a list of the things that you need to have done and what you could put off later (define your scope). Having said that, the more renovation projects you have done at the same time the more savings’ you could realize.
In any event good luck and have fun with it!
I have Brazillian cherry hardwood floors in my entry and kitchen. It is a open layout with a 8′ opening into the living and dining room. I am taking down a wall to a bedroom to make a bigger living room so i need new flooring 500 sf.
The carpet didn’t hold up good with little kids and animals so i want to go hardwood but i cant afford brazillian cherry. $3500 or $5500 for an exact match. I have 4″ wide and the only where i can find that has a 1000sf min order. I only have a 1,500 budget installing my self
Will laminate look tacky next to the hardwood. Should i rip out 200sf of the hardwood and put in all laminate. Its only 4 years old and in good shape but i did get it basicly for free from someone
What is your opinion? thanks
It’s not so much that the transition will look tacky; instead it will look and feel odd. The difference in the thickness of the materials will cause this. This could happen even if we are talking about a ceramic and hardwood transition. It will look `nice` if the transition is smooth. My advice when someone asks me this question is to use a uniform thickness when deciding to use different materials for floor finishing’s.
Given the budget constraint take a look where the transition will occur. In a doorway for example you might leave it. On the other hand if the transition occurs in the middle of the room definitely rip out the 200 sqfoot old floor and replace the whole thing with a uniform floor.
In your case I would recommend maybe saving a little more money and finishing it with the Brazilian hardwood (if you can match it) because the difference between a natural material and the man made product ( i.e. paper and glue) is more than 5x the price difference.