4 tips to prevent major damage to your house
Whether you're moving, building a home or just staying put, avoid havoc around the house by considering these pointers:
- Cutting through structural elements to install a skylight, attic stairs or A/C is a major deal. Don't touch trusses unless you have drawings from a structural engineer or architect.
- Double-check installation requirements before certain home improvement projects, such as replacing appliances or flooring. Ask the contractor you hire for a list of materials planned for the project, then research the manufacturers' instructions online to ensure proper protocol.
- Regularly visit places where the sun don't shine. Be sure to check your crawl space and attic for potential water damage and other hazards.
- Hire an energy efficiency auditor to make sure air is properly flowing through your house and toxic fumes are being vented.