Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Surprises - aka how to spend a lot more than we planned!

So, now that we've peeled back the layers of wallboard, flooring & ceiling and gotten a variety of experts out here, we've found what we hope is the final list of surprises.  Remember, since it was a foreclosure, we had to buy this house 'as is', without an inspection.  So we knew there would be some revelations.  That's our new mantra - 'We knew there would be surprises'.  We say it about 10 times a day.  Because some of them are very pricey to fix and it helps reduce our anxiety levels :-)

Here's what we've learned:

Rust Stains in the box - not a good thing!!
- The electrical panel is full of water - or as our electrician put it 'WOW, that one's really bad!'
- Need new flooring on 2nd floor - we had hoped to refinish the wood on the second floor, but it looks like we need to put a whole new floor in.
- Line the chimney - They came out to inspect the chimney and found that the old clay tile had pretty much disintegrated and collapsed in the bottom of the flue.  Cha-ching-cha-ching
- Replacement Windows need replacing - yes, that's right, we thought we only had to replace 5 old windows, but when we looked closely at the windows that were previously replaced, we discovered that they are already failing, so we'll be doing the whole house.
- Fixing odd things, like removing the watering system for the marijuana plants!

Not surprises -
-  The basement leaks a lot and needs a full perimeter drain and sump pump.  That one is Cha-ching-cha-ching on steroids!
-  The house doesn't have any grounded outlets......where will the new owners plug in their computers and TV??  And of course the new open floor plan needs new switches in new places.
-  Completely replumb the entire house to put a bathroom on the 2nd floor & a modern powder room downstairs
-  Replace the oil tank, because it isn't to code
-  Needs a totally new kitchen with everything!!!

So as I said, we repeat our mantra - 'We knew there would be surprises'.  But, I'm not sure it's helping yet!!

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  1. Oh how I remember that sick feeling you are currently experiencing. (It's almost like I'm reliving the day we moved into our 1921 home.)
    All I can tell you is that it will get better. You will question yourselves numerous times as to why you are doing this and continue to wonder where the money is going to come from to cover all the "surprises". (oh, there will be more surprises)
    BUT, in the end, it will be a beautiful home.
    I can't wait to see the finished product,

    1. Thanks Vanessa! I know once we make a little more progress and start to see how nice the house will be, it will be much better!!


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