There is nothing more exciting than being able to buy a home that you can gut, renovate and decorate to suit your personality. It’s an empty hell that you take and make it beautiful, and it’s part of the fun of owning your own home. If you plan to upgrade your home and restore it to its former historical glory, you will take a lot of time to map out what you want your home to look like.
The thing is, before you even get started with paint and tools in hand, you need to consider the darker side of renovation. On one hand, you get to stamp your personality through a house like you would the words through a stick of rock. On the other, it can be pretty dangerous to renovate a home without experts there to do it with you. You need to make sure that your home is safe while you renovate, from learning that you need to be aware of the dangers of asbestos to assessing whether your home is secure or not. You don’t want to put your whole family at risk of pollutants, so you need to know about the dangers of home renovation. Let’s take a look!
- Watch For Dust. It’s a thing that will happen no matter how tidily you work. There will be dust and it’s the nuisance of home renovation you didn’t know about! Plastering is a big culprit for dust in the home, and when you knock down the walls, you’re going to get clouds of it. So, you need the latest face masks and technology to help you to capture the dust as it happens.
- Be Careful Around Paint. Some paint in older homes is still lead-based. Houses that were built before 1976 are most prone to lead-based paint used on the woodwork in the home. You need to minimize potential hazards and that means ensuring that you are wearing the right equipment when dealing with lead.
- Heard Of Asbestos? We mentioned the dangers of asbestos earlier, but did you know that it can be found in pipes, furnace insulation and even duct insulation? You need to have a permit before you knock anything down that tests positive for asbestos in the home, as it’s dangerous and can spread and do damage to others.
- Old Mold. Renovated homes are often done so because of wet or damp conditions in the wood of the house. This can lead to growing mold and when it’s been covered up for years, this old mold is damaging to your health. Dead spores can still do harm and all of this should be removed before you replace walls.
Avoiding all of these health hazards is so important for your family when you are renovating. You need to be careful and you need to get in the help of a surveyor to ensure that you get it right the first time. The last thing you want is to complete renovations and find that you’ve left mold behind!