New Homes Don’t Need Renovations

Renovations Only for Old House Owners

The believe or understanding of some homeowners with new houses is that, renovations are usually associated with older houses, and buyers of newly built homes may not face the need to renovating.

The Myth for New Home Buyers

Unfortunately, buyers of new homes are not immune to renovations, they also face underlying challenges as well. Buying a new house is not a guarantee that you won’t need any renovation project. Too often buyers of new houses believe that, just because the house is new, all that is required is move in and ride on with the property.

According to Gary G. Schaal, “the Guru of New”, he says many new buyers begin making changes to their houses right from the start, trying to personalize them.

He admit that a lot of new  home buyers think the house will take care of itself, but that attitude only short-lived and not for a very long time.

There is a twist of reality as to which housing category needs to be repaired, refurbished, or rebuilt (the-three-R’s of renovations). Most new house owners believe not to require the kind of maintenance that older houses need, but new houses may be subject to repairs or refurbishment.

However, without a road map, many buyers neglect tasks and, as a result, encounter unnecessary problems such as clogged gutters, frozen pipes, wet basements, cracks in decks or walls e.t.c.

The Way Out

Many states require a new-home builders to provide warranties. Some new houses are believed to come with ten-year warranties design to help ease through the financial any unforeseen circumstances in the hope of protecting builders  from lawsuits.

In some provinces, even with such warranties, a new-home buyers or owners need to check the reputation of the builders they are dealing with, visit other properties they have built or perhaps check their recent projects and with the occupants of the property living there.

But wait, what if something happens down the road and some part of the warranties don’t cover outside pipes, roofs, wall or window capping for instance, then you will be left with nothing but surprises.

Despite the conviction that people who buys new houses don’t need to stress about renovating, this is not true. Some folks who buy new homes are willing to spend thousands within the first few years to finish off space such as  bonus rooms, attics, perhaps basement.

According to the National Association of Home Builders reports that new home buyers typically spend at least $6,475 on improvements during the first year of  home-ownership, usually on landscaping, decks, fences, patios, and driveways.

Why Your New Home Needs Renovations?

A lot of other issues can arise. These days, new-home builders are providing comprehensive manuals to buyers, which list all the problems that can arise and how to handle them as well as regular maintenance issues. The problem is, according to Gary, that most buyers don’t bother to read the manual. In fact, once they are in the house, they can’t even remember where they put it.


Areas of painted walls often vary in color and texture, the result of touching up in the finishing process of the house. This is acceptable under warranty, as is color variation of stains on woodwork. Resilient (vinyl) floors in high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms, sometimes show raised nail heads because of joist movement, and although builders use adhesives to keep nails to a minimum, this technique doesn’t always work. You can redrive the nails using a block of wood and a hammer.


Ridges often appear where a vinyl floor meets the edge of a toilet or bathroom. This is caused by water seeping into adhesive through a seam after installation. These areas should be periodically caulked with an acrylic designed for use in bathrooms.


Ceramic, marble, slate, and quarry tile floors can be damaged by heavy objects. Cracks that develop in the grout can be repaired with premixed grout from a home center, which typically comes in a color that matches. Joints can shrink where the ceramic tile meets the bathtub or shower area. Periodic caulking is required.


Carpeting can come loose because of an increase in humidity. Professional cleaning is recommended, and conventional shampooing is preferred over steam cleaning, because there is always a chance of permanent damage to the pile.

The Three Rs of Home Renovations

The Three Rs

The Three R’s of Home Renovations are the major adversaries of any home remodelling that every homeowners must be conversant with.

In today’s world, renovation and housing start-ups alike, can no longer be underestimated as there is no limit to homeowners increasing the energy performance of housing without having the understanding of the three Rs.


The three Rs – of home renovations and remodelling are repair, refurbish, & rebuild


1. Repair and Maintain


Repair is not to be compared to replacement, the term is usually synonymous to the cheapest and easiest way to renovate a property such as cleaning, repairing, gutter cleaning, soffits fascia repairs, parging repairs and various handyman services. A repair is a simple action taken to fix or amend faulty property from further damage.

In a nutshell, repairs and maintenance does only require slight task with minimal responsibility considered an elbow grease jobs. This is the best option for those homeowners seeking to improve property value.


2. Refurbish and Enhance


Refurbish is the most predominant phrase within the premise of renovation, redecoration, revamp, recondition and above all make over.

It is the most common form of renovating, which involves stripping out old fittings and fixtures like repair of exterior siding, gutters cleaning, decks and fences replacement, window capping thus revamping in a more appealing and enhanced style.

In this category of three R’s, there are no structural alterations and renovations usually do not require any council approvals or major building works. It is believed to be the most visually appealing and effective form of renovations, but still leaving one property cure out – rebuilding the structural faults


3. Rebuild

This is the last piece of the three R’s and homeowners at all cost wouldn’t like to be part of this, if not for something serious and untenable arise, that requires a total dismantling and reassembling of the existing property.

Rebuild is usually involves demolition or rebuilding of something like  windows, decks & fences. Rebuilds are by far the most expensive and difficult renovations to execute or deal with, but with planning and professional renovators at hand, it can be done and achieved smoothly within short period of time.

But don’t be deceived, rebuilds are inevitably in nature if there are major structural faults or damage to be fixed.


Making Decision from The Three R’s of Renovations

As a homeowner, making the right decision from one of the three R’s of renovations might a little bit of a challenge, but the best way to go through the renovating challenges is to

  • Know what you want and need
  • Be creative with your budget – guesstimate, estimate and make a move
  • Consider time is a valuable X-factor
  • Schedule and program your renovation idea with time and budget

Remember, every renovation varies depending on the extend of choice of refurbishment, reparation and rebuild of the affected property.