Wary Of" When Buying a Home to Be Remodeled
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The object of your prudence in buying a home to
remodel is to make certain you can make the home energy-efficient
and green with good indoor air quality--and all of this without breaking the bank.
Saving money and saving time are the reasons to be wary of the following:
Be wary of in a home:
|Homes filled with many fragrances: May
be concealing mold or other reasons for poor indoor air quality.
|Mostly carpeted floors:
You will probably want to replace the carpeting with hard surface
floors for purposes of good indoor air quality. Get some estimates
before you buy.
|Homes with fiberglass
|Low E insulated windows on
the south: These windows will impede using the sun to warm
the house in the winter. However, you probably can not tell if the
windows are Low E are not if the sticker is missing.
|Yards that are soggy or have
standing water. You could be asking
for future foundation problems or for future mold growth.
|Gas appliances or furnaces: Gas
appliances/furnaces can contribute to poor indoor air
quality and with backdrafting, can even be dangerous. As solar energy becomes more
common, electric cooking and heating will be cheaper or even
Then you will probably want to replace your gas appliances so why
buy them in the first place? If there are many mature trees,
making solar collectors implausible, you might reconsider gas
appliances--but only if you are certain they will not contribute
to poor air quality. Incidentally, determining the carbon
monoxide level of gas appliances requires a test performed by a
professional. You can't see or smell carbon monoxide.
|Homeowner restrictions that
prevent roof mounted solar collectors or prevent those that face
the street: You will almost certainly want solar collectors
(preferably on the south side of your home) at some time. See Renewable
|Homeowner restrictions that
prevent natural landscaping and vegetable gardens in the front:
Maybe you think you would never have natural (Xeriscaped)
landscaping or veggies growing in your front yard, but times are
changing--water will become more and more expensive as will food,
particularly disease-free and pesticide-free foods.
|Outdoor living areas that are
blocked from summertime breezes. Prevailing summer breezes
that are from the south and southeast make for comfortable outdoor
living in a Texas summer.
They are a significant source of heat and are relatively
expensive to remove.
|U-shaped courtyards with
patios facing north or west. Breezes in DFW are most often
from the south or southeast. If you are going to use that
courtyard to enjoy being outdoors in the summer, you do not want the breezed
blocked in North Texas.
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