I am looking at purchasing a home that already has a 2 bedroom basement apt completed (just not sure how well things were done). House is detached - 1 1/2 storey with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen and living room on main plus 1 bedroom and bath on 1/2 storey upstairs (so roof is low in some areas). I would like to eventually add on to the house (cost permitting).
The first project I was thinking of taking on, is ensuring the basement is done properly in terms of framing, insulation, electrical, plumbing etc.
About how much does it cost to check for moulds, licensed electrician to check work, properly insulate, check framing etc.
Thanks in advance for your responses & feedback.
In all fairness, I doesn't look like there is a sure project for the trades here. You might want to simply contact the city and find out if there has been a ESA and Building permit issued. If so it will have been done properly. Doesn't mean there is no mold although you might want to hire a contractor for a few hours and ask him to remove wall piece and just have a look. This could cost you up to 500 or 1000.00. Is there a recent home inspection? So there are a few question you might want to ask the Realtor. Or simply bring in a local contractor to look things over on your visit.
Hope this helps.
To be on the safe side, if this basement apartment will be rented and used as a secondary unit you will need a building permit. If this is the case, check with the building Department if the property has obtained a permit, otherwise you will need to apply for it. Having a building permit means that the basement apartment complies fully with all the applicable fire codes, building codes, Electrical Safety Authority regulations and zoning and housing standards by-laws.
You have asked many questions in your post so I would start with the following:
Confirm with the city if permit/inspections have been completed for the space & contact the ESA to confirm electrical.
Depending on what information you obtain, then you can move to the next step.
With respect to moisture/mold. You can contact a home inspector (or yourself) to take moisture readings of various areas. Then cut open any areas the display high amount of moisture to assess if there is any mold in the areas.
I hope this helps.
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