If you have purchased an old fixer upper home that you plan to rent, this can be a great way to make extra money. Since the home is not in good shape, there are many things you may need to repair. Two of these things are listed below to help you get started so you can get the home ready for your new tenants.
If there is damage to any of the walls you will likely need to repair or replace the drywall. Unless you are experienced doing this, you should consider hiring a contractor to do this type of work for you. If there are large holes in the wall you can easily see the condition of the drywall. If it looks in bad condition in one area this is a sign that a large amount of the drywall is damaged. If the holes have been there for some time, you never know what is in the walls, such as rats, mice, and squirrels. These animals can chew through drywall, as well as any wires that may be in the walls. Humidity can also build up on the drywall, which causes mold and mildew to grow.
If the contractor finds that only one area of the drywall is damaged, they can repair it using a patch. They will use a special knife to make a cut that is larger than the damage. They will first cover the hole with a flat piece of wood, and then use drywall nails to nail the wood in place. Joint compound is spread over the wood, and the area is then sanded once the compound is dry.
If the flooring is in bad shape you should replace it. Carpeting is inexpensive and new carpeting makes a big difference in the way a home looks. There are a variety of carpets available in just about any color you desire.
For the laundry area, kitchen, and bathrooms, vinyl would be a good choice. It is not expensive and is durable and resilient. Vinyl is resistant to moisture and easy to clean for your tenants. Vinyl is much softer when compared to other types of flooring, such as wood, stone, and tile, and you can find the vinyl in a variety of patterns and colors.
If you want a flooring that is long-lasting and durable, tile is a great option, especially for the kitchen and bathrooms. Tile is waterproof, will not harbor germs, and available in a variety of colors and patterns. Ceramic tiles are also scratch resistant.
The contractor you hire can go over this information with you, as well as other repairs the house may need. For additional information, you may want to contact a company such as Ivo Wall Experts Inc..