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4 Unexpected Home Renovation Costs

In this blog, we'll explore four unexpected home renovation costs that you need to be aware of for a successful project.

It’s hard to pin down the exact cost of your home renovation. While visible issues are easy to budget for, there’s no telling what your renovation company might uncover once they begin a wall or floor demolition. From adding floor reinforcement to unexpected wiring issues, these additional projects can add up. Suddenly, your full house or kitchen renovation is beyond your budget.

Not to fear. In this blog, we'll explore five unexpected home renovation costs that you need to be aware of for a successful project.

What Are the Most Common Unexpected Home Renovation Costs?

1) Adding floor reinforcement

replacing floor in home

When replacing old floors, it's not uncommon to find that the subfloor has deteriorated. This can be due to moisture, age, or even termites. If a new floor is installed on this weakened subfloor, this can lead to sagging, warping, or even collapse. It would pose a danger to anyone who walks on it.

To address this challenge, your renovation company would first assess the extent of the damage and determine the appropriate reinforcement; this could include adding new joists or reinforcing existing ones, replacing sections of the subfloor, or even repairing damage caused by termites or moisture. Once the necessary reinforcement is in place, the new flooring can be safely installed.

2) Relocating air vent pipes

Especially during full house renovations, homeowners often want to change the layout of their homes; this might mean relocating air vent pipes to ensure proper heating and cooling throughout the space. These pipes are difficult to move because they are connected to the HVAC system. Additionally, changes in the placement of the air vent pipes can affect the airflow in your home, resulting in air quality issues and uneven temperatures.

Renovators will determine the best way to move the pipes while minimizing any impact on airflow and the overall efficiency of your HVAC system. This might involve extending or reconfiguring the ductwork, and adding additional vents or dampers.

3) Replacing or adding insulation in exterior walls

If your home is older, the insulation in the exterior walls may be insufficient; building codes and insulation requirements have changed over time, meaning that older homes may not meet modern standards. Additionally, insulation can degrade or become damaged over time, making it ineffective.

One way to address this issue during home renovation is to add new insulation to the exterior walls. This can be done by removing the drywall or plaster from the walls and spraying in new insulation material. Another option is to add insulation to the exterior walls-- foam board is one option. The insulation can be attached directly to the exterior wall using adhesive or mechanical fasteners. Next, a weather-resistant barrier (new siding) is added over the insulation to protect it from the elements.

4) Insufficient or old wiring

Electrical wiring is not something you want to take lightly. If your home has old or insufficient wiring, it can be a safety hazard as it increases the risk of electrical fires, shocks, and appliance damage. In most home remodeling projects, a licensed electrician will perform an electrical inspection before extensive work begins. They will check the wiring and electrical panel to ensure they meet safety codes and standards. They may also perform tests to check the voltage and grounding, as well as look for any signs of damage or wear on the wiring.

Depending on the state of the wiring, you might need to upgrade it to meet safety codes, and the electrical demands of new appliances, outlets, and/or switches in your home. Either way, adding wire often requires new openings in the walls, leading to additional drywall patching and refinishing work.

Asking "How much for a house renovation?" is the starting point of a renovation journey that can bring about surprises and added costs. However, by preparing for these unexpected complications, you can develop a more realistic budget and timeline for your project. Plus, enlisting the help of a reputable renovation company will help you navigate these challenges with ease and efficiency. So don't hesitate to take the first step in planning your renovation– your dream home awaits.

RD Construction Is Your Home Renovation Contractor In Toronto

From full house to bathroom renovations, RD Construction is here with home improvement solutions. Our team of experts guides you through every step of a luxury renovation: Design, selecting and purchasing materials, and construction. Contact us to discuss renovation costs and turn your design dreams into a reality.

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