September 29, 2015 2:10 am
Before you start:
• Contact the local permitting office. Follow all local and state requirements.
• Check with your local building official to make sure your work is safe and meets all local and state codes and requirements.
• Look for a contractor with an established physical address. Ask for references and contact them.
• Get bids from more than one person. Make sure they are in writing and specify exactly what will be done. Beware of a low-ball price, and never pay the full price in advance.
• Consider using building materials that are more resistant to flood, wind, corrosion and decay.
• If siding or roof sheathing needs replacement, consider installing hurricane/seismic connectors at the rafter-to-wall or truss-to-wall connections. Adding wall-to-foundation ties may also be necessary.
• Windows, doors and skylights should be checked for leaks. If they need replacement, consider impact-resistant units.
• Check your attic for adequate insulation. Straps should be added from rafters to wall top plates, and gable end-wall framing should be braced.
• Inspect soffits to determine if structural upgrades are necessary.
• If you live in a flood-prone area, elevate appliances such as air conditioners.
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