Posts made in July, 2016

Tips for Refurbishing a Dilapidated Property

Many homebuyers opt to purchase a rundown house that is in need of extensive repairs; a property of this kind usually comes with an attractively-low price tag and provides the buyer with the opportunity to develop a house that is designed to their exact specifications. However, refurbishing a dilapidated house can be extremely challenging; it often requires a great deal of money, time and dedication. Read on for some tips on how to handle this type of project.

Be cautious when choosing a builder

One of the biggest errors a person can make when tackling a property refurbishment is hiring a builder that is not up to the task. Ideally, the one you choose should be experienced in the exact type of work you require them to do and should have no issue with providing you with contact details for their previous customers.

When speaking to these people, make sure to ask them if the construction work was completed to a high standard, on time and within the allotted budget. It’s also worth inquiring as to whether the builder was easy to get along with and if they would consider using their services again in the future.

Be shrewd with your finances

Generally speaking, houses that are in poor condition can be bought for very little; however, the costs associated with carrying out the refurbishment tend to be much higher than buyers initially anticipate. Oftentimes, dilapidated properties require large-scale structural repairs as well as cosmetic improvements, and there may well be hidden problems which lead to you going over-budget.

This is why it is absolutely crucial to be thorough when calculating the costs for this type of project. Have a survey completed and make inquiries with local electricians, damp-proofing experts and roofers, so that you know exactly what issues the property has and how much they will cost to fix.

Even after taking every precaution, it is likely that unexpected problems will crop up over the course of the refurbishment process. You might for example, discover asbestos hidden in a wall cavity or the loft; this is a serious health hazard which of course would need to be dealt with before any further building work could be carried out.  As such, it is vital that you set up a contingency fund that is approximately 10 to 15 percent of your final estimate for the entire project so that unforeseen expenses, such as having to hire an asbestos removal expert, can be covered without having to take out an additional loan.

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Why It May Be Unwise for You to Install a Split System AC Yourself

 The speed and ease with which split system air conditioners can be installed may tempt you to undertake a DIY installation of this system in your home. However, there are some reasons why you should not attempt this if you are not a trained professional. This article discusses some of those reasons.

Sizing Issues

One of the biggest challenges that homeowners who opt for the DIY approach when installing a split system air conditioner face is picking the correct size of unit for the home. Proper sizing requires one to have complete knowledge about all the pertinent factors, such as the size of each room in the home in addition to calculating how much air needs to be re-circulated during each hour. Such calculations may be too complex for a layperson. Consequently, he or she may select a unit that is too large for the home. This can create unforeseen problems, such as ineffective dehumidification due to short AC cycle times.

Unit Placement Challenges

Split system air conditioning systems have two main components, the external unit and the internal unit. The two components are linked by tubing. Effective system performance may depend on how suitable the locations chosen for component placement are. For instance, a less experienced homeowner may place the external unit close to a wall. Such a placement may lower the performance of the system because air circulation around the outside unit will be inhibited. Similarly, the homeowner may place the internal unit in the direct path of a door that is frequently opened. The draughts from the door may also affect the effectiveness of the unit. A professional will be able to make sure the units are placed in the best possible location for maximum efficiency. 

Difficulties in Charging the System with Refrigerant

Split system AC units are usually charged with refrigerant once the installation has been completed. It is usually advisable to let a professional charge the system so that he or she determines how quickly and how much refrigerant should be channeled into the system. It may be hard for you to find a professional to do this if he or she did not install the system. This is because that individual may not want to be held responsible for any problem that may occur as the system is charged because of a mistake made during the installation of the units.

A split system air conditioner is a major investment. Do not risk the money spent by attempting to install it yourself lest you lack the necessary skills and experience. Let professionals help you to install the system.

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