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4 Pitfalls You should avoid During a Home Restoration

If you have recently purchased a deteriorating historic home, or suffered some form of home devastation like a fire, flood, or tornado damage, then you are in need of home restoration services. Depending on the circumstance that got you here, you may have already had your fair share of stress dealing with insurance companies, or difficult mortgage companies even before the actual restoration begins.

Using a Licensed, insured qualified restoration contractor like the ones we have on Pro Service Finder, will help you avoid the following list of pitfalls that many restoration projects face, and help prevent sleepless nights while saving you time and money.

Not Having a Detailed Plan

The old adage goes that if you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail, and so it is with your restoration project. You must have a clear plan of what your intended outcome is, the budget, the various home restoration contractors, architects and designers that will bring it to life and the licenses and permits you will need to stay on the right side of the law.

What’s also important is that all these functions work collaboratively with each other on a schedule, so that work flows smoothly. Consult with your architect if you have proposals on installing additional features to an older home that didn’t exist in the original plans so that they can update the drawings. A detailed work plan will also help you manage expectations with regard to when the project should be completed, so that you can adequately plan for moving in.

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Not Using What You Have

No matter how damaged your existing structure is, it almost always has some materials that can be salvaged and later reused or up cycled in your new project. While some contractors will not work with salvage material for structural builds, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, cabinets and wood floors shouldn’t be a problem and will enable you to bring cherished pieces of your old home into your new one. The same goes with design opportunities for re-purposing old homes. Few older homes have rooms that would be considered obsolete in today’s society. An old sewing room or drawing room can be transformed into a study or den; the possibilities are limited only by your budget and your imagination.
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Not Factoring In Environmental Hazards

A house that has experienced water damage must take into consideration the likelihood of mold infestation. A fire-damaged home may contain harmful fire residues and older homes may have building materials made from asbestos or coated with lead-based paint. Being aware of these potential risks will allow you to hire a contractor who is also certified to handle these environmental hazards in a safe manner.
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Not Minding the Tax Man

There are certain tax credits available to victims of fire damage and some natural disasters. Others include tax credits for restoring historic homes. For example the State of North Carolina offers a 15% historic home credit. You may be able to recoup some of your investment through these tax credits on qualifying expenses.
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