A recent trend with homeowners is to avoid putting the laundry room in the basement, and moving it to the main floor of their home. Since laundry does not need to be lugged to the basement to do it, it makes it much easier to get it done. Unfortunately, moving a laundry room in an existing home can cause a variety of problems that you may not be prepared for. Hiring a professional will ensure that it is done correctly for these 3 reasons.
Perform a Gas And Water Evaluation
It's best to have a plumber come out to your house to evaluate the space that you want to move your laundry room to. If you have a gas dryer, they will evaluate the existing gas line, and if it can be easily moved. The plumber will also look at what is necessary to add a water line and drain to the new space. Once a plan is in place, your plumbing contractor will create a plan to submit with your permit application.
Look Into Electrical Complications
It's possible that the electrical outlet you want to use does not have the power to handle your washer and dryer. That's why you'll need the help of an electrician to inspect any existing electrical you plan on using. If necessary, they can add a new outlet, and ensure that the outlet has its own circuit breaker. Any electrical work that needs to be done will need to be submitted with the permit application as well.
Complete The Permit Process
Even though moving your laundry room may seem like a small job, it does require a permit because you will be moving major utilities in your home. Your city will want to make sure that you have a licensed contractor working in your home, and know about the project so that they can check in on it.
One thing to keep in mind is that the permit process will involve an inspection after all the work is completed. If you have new plumbing and electrical work that is behind a wall, you should leave those walls open until the final inspection happens. If the inspector cannot see the work that was performed, you will have to rip open any new drywall you put up so that they can take a close look at everything.
By hiring professionals to help move your laundry room, it will help ensure that everything is done properly the first time.