Renovating a property is a task which is rather daunting and highly personal. Sometimes, the purpose of this work is to ensure the property stands the course of time. And sometimes it is undertaken to enhance the comfort of the dwelling, by modernizing it. Then again, sometimes, it can be indispensible, such as when a boiler breaks down or part of the ceiling falls. So, how should you go about renovating?
Whenever you wish to sell property, it is often worthwhile to renovate beforehand. It makes it much easier to enchant the future purchaser. Renovation work can also be very lucrative on a tax level. You must, however, be aware of which renovations make most sense and how to prioritize them. Synopsis.
A heat pump is a heating mechanism based on exchange heat between the interior and exterior of the house. It works on the principle of drawing heat molecules from outside the house—even when the air is cold—to inject them into the interior. In the other direction, it draws molecules of cold air from inside the house and sends them outside. In other words, it cools down the exterior of the home in order to heat up the interior.
When you read an ad for property which is put up for sale, how can you be sure of the accuracy of the details? How do you know that the floor area specified on paper really corresponds to the space actually available? Given the need for harmonization, the Union suisse des professionnels de l'immobilier (USPI - Swiss Union of real Estate Professionals) has issued a set of standards applicable throughout Switzerland, albeit with slight cantonal differences.
The electrical installations of every home are subject to periodical inspections, defined by the Federal ordinance on low-voltage electrical installations (OIBT), and carried out by branch professionals to prevent accidents and fires which may occur as a result of obsolescence, lack of maintenance or potentially hazardous add-ons. The costs of these compulsory inspections are borne by homeowners.
The Cantonal Energy Certificate for Buildings (CECB) is a label that indicates the level of energy efficiency for buildings. It shows very clearly and simply if a property is energy-efficient or if it devours energy. It is compulsory in the Fribourg and Vaud cantons.
Asbestos is a risk that many homebuyers overlook, and can significantly add to the cost of owning a property. Its carcinogenic effects are well-known, yet this substance can be found in many buildings constructed before 1 January 1991, when it was outlawed in Switzerland. Nowadays, it must be identified and in some cases removed before any renovation or demolition work can take place.
MINERGIE ® is a Swiss label that we’re seeing on more and more buildings across the country these days. It’s awarded to eco-friendly constructions that offer a high standard of comfort and workmanship, and enjoys the support of businesses as well as local authorities and the national government. Let’s take a look at how it works and what it takes for a house to be MINERGIE® certified!
Since 1 January 2017, all property owners have had to provide a CECB when selling their home. But don’t worry: below, we explain everything you need to know about this new label and what these changes mean for you.
The time has come for you to renovate your home! You’re already dreaming about the new tiling in the bathroom. But first, let’s see how you can protect yourselves and let’s talk about your roof. Here are 10 critical points that you need to think about when renovating.