3. What is the weather in the area and the intended use of the building? A home for a family of four in a wintry climate will require a different and costlier approach than a vacation cottage that is used only in the summer months. To keep costs down, plan for construction during the best weather.
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If the old windows are in decent shape or have an unusual shape, size or true divided lights, consider putting the money and hours into saving them. It will probably be more expensive to replace them with something comparable.
How old are the air conditioning system and the water heater? Find out, so you can be prepared to replace them if necessary.
There's a lot of work involved in a fixer-upper. But if you're well prepared for the time, effort and cost, the result can be worth it.
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