What to Do When You Need to Retrofit

Every homeowner knows that life can throw you curveballs from time to time. This can come in the form of things like housing market fluctuations, natural disasters, or even discovering unpleasant things like mold in your basement or asbestos in your drywall. The question is, are you prepared to handle the next unexpected surprise when it comes your way?


The truth is, it’s difficult to be prepared for every possibility. For example, homeowners in Florida are chronically ready for hurricanes — but those in Winnipeg may be caught off guard if a particularly rainy season or violent storm causes widespread flooding and destruction. At the end of the day, homeownership challenges can often sneak up on you when you least expect them, and that’s when it’s good to have some basic, working knowledge about how to handle damages in all forms quickly and effectively.

Tips to Fix Your Home Quickly

The next time you find yourself dealing with a homeowning emergency, you’ll want to keep these tips in consideration to help you weather the storm — and possibly even come out ahead in the process.

Don’t Lose Sight of Your Budget

First and foremost, make sure to take stock of your financial situation in relation to your home. It’s easy to ignore your bank statement when you’re dealing with a physical disaster that needs a quick fix, but if a budget isn’t properly considered, it will eventually catch up with you.


Take the time to sit down and plan out a budget, look for things like eco-friendly tax credits or insurance claims to bolster your funds, and then begin to plan out your projects. Even then, it’s still important to specifically identify things worth investing in, like good insulation, energy-efficient appliances, etc., as opposed to those things that don’t need to be top-notch, such as fixtures, flooring, and so on.

Don’t Rush

It’s tempting to rush out and hire the first person available to deal with your issue. However, it’s critical that you slow down, take a deep breath, and do your homework first. As is the case with your budget, you don’t want to hire someone who is either available or cheap solely on those grounds. Look for reviews, testimonials, and even try to take some time to price compare.


In the same vein, rather than going about each project pessimistically, it can be worth looking for the silver lining in your situation. How can your necessary renovation projects benefit you in the long-term? For example, some homeowners are constantly putting in the effort to make their homes more energy efficient — even if it means tearing apart a perfectly functioning living space. The fact that your space is already “under construction” can provide the perfect opportunity to make your home more efficient, which has the added benefits of improving your home’s value, saving you money over time, and even improving your health.

Consider Using Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are a quick and easy way to get windows into a house with having to tear apart the walls in the process. They’re designed to fit snugly within the existing frame and can be quickly installed. Both the convenience and the time saved make them an excellent option for those trying to pull their project together in a hurry. Just make sure that you get quality windows, as they’re one of the best investments for an energy-efficient home.

Use Faux Wood Flooring

Floors are one of the most important parts of a home and can be a critical component when you go to sell your house. So, they naturally shouldn’t be neglected, even during a time-sensitive retrofitting project. However, wooden floors can be expensive and time-consuming to install. The good news is that there are now many faux vinyl wood flooring options that are both easy on the eyes as well as on your bank account. Not only that, but they are often incredibly easy to install, at times requiring little more than a box cutter and a straight edge.

Alternative Living Arrangements

While some cases may allow for you to remain in your home while renovations are underway, often a retrofitting project requires that the inhabitants of a home live elsewhere during the project. While it’s easy to resign yourself to the fate of paying an exorbitant hotel fee for a few days, weeks, or even months, it may be worth the effort to look into some alternative options. For example, you may want to consider renting an RV. Many RVs are quite spacious and their mobility even allows you to live next to your home in order to oversee the renovations.

Keeping Calm in the Storm

All homeowners face serious challenges from time to time. The important thing is to try to stay calm and collected as you set about handling each issue that arises. Make sure to pace yourself, consider your budget, and keep the long term in mind as much as you can. If you can manage to follow the tips on this list, you stand a good chance to turn your misfortune into a net positive as you continue along on your homeownership adventure.

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