Any home inspection in Staten Island will be able to give you a good idea of the state of the home that you are considering buying. Remember that the home inspection comes after you’re offer has been accepted, but you can be looking forward to cleaning up some of the more cosmetic things in your new place since you know the inspector will find things wrong both inside and outside.
To that end, once you’ve got the home inspection on Staten Island out of the way, you can have a look at things that might not create an emergency down the road but might need to be worked on, like the state of the wood floors. But before you even start repairing them by sanding, have a good look to ensure there is no rot damage. As well, you might want to replace any weak boards where necessary. Remember too that if the moisture that caused the rot is still present, you’ll need to be able to get rid of that source before you start on any other work.
Look for boards that have been lifted previously by electricians and plumbers. Replace any that have been compromised by their work and make sure to find all the other places where any trades people or others have damaged the boards. Try to find replacement boards that match the rest of the floor and if you find the need to use new wood, stain or bleach it after the floor has been sanded so that you can match the color of the old boards. As in almost every other job that you can do around the house, preparation work is very important and doing that part of the job properly will save you both time and money in the long run. Although the tendency is to rush to get to the job done, proper preparation also ensures that the end result will look great as well.
There are other things to watch for as well. A raised nail head will rip the paper on a sander’s drum, so drive them all down below the surface with a nail set. As well, there are bound to be boards that have curved one way or the other-these can generally be straightened out with screws through the high areas so that these boards are fastened to the joists underneath.
What you do about the gaps between the boards depends on how much they bother you. One of the quickest ways to realign them is to pick up the boards a few at a time and slide them together before nailing them back in.
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