4 tips to prevent major damage to your house

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hire an energy efficiency auditor to make sure air is properly flowing through your house and toxic fumes are being vented.

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