One of the hottest trends in Colorado real estate is to renovate old homes. Old homes hold a lot of charm and if the renovation is done correctly it can be a masterpiece. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that if you are handy, it’s easy to renovate an old home. The most common problems that can eat up a huge chunk of a renovation budget is what a lot of older homes often: lead paint, asbestos, mold, radon gases and contaminated soil. As soon as you find any signs of those issues, it’s time to call in the experts to take care of it. It doesn’t matter how handy or experienced you are, those are environmental issues that need to be taken care of by the professionals. Here are some good questions to ask when hiring an environmental consultant.
The first question to as any potential environmental consultant is what kind of certifications they have or what type of training do they go through? Because these environmental issues need to be handled correctly, you want to feel confident that the company will be able to take care of any issues the right way.
Another important question to ask is how the fees for services are negotiated. With any renovation project, new issues may come up as you are dealing with the current one and it’s helpful for budgeting purposes to know how that will be handled. You’ll want to make sure that any potential consultant will communicate with you often and in great detail about the work they are doing on your project.
The third item on your list should be references for their previous work. This will be a good starting point for you to see what kind of work the company has done and also to find out if their previous customers were happy with their services. Any reputable company will gladly offer up names of customers for you to contact about their work.
Lastly, it is always tempting to hire the company that is the least amount of money. When dealing with a renovation of an older home, you’ll want to hire the company that will be thorough and will bring the house up to current construction and environmental code. It may cost you a little more, but in the end it will be well worth every penny.