Now, would I rather be spending our improvement budget on sexy appliances or exotic plumbing fixtures? Absolutely, but if we don't get all the stuff that goes behind the walls right, this house won't be safe for its new owners.
So, here's where a big chunk of our budget went:
- New electrical service and all new wiring for the new kitchen and baths. And while grounded outlets don't seem exciting, when the new owners go to plug in their 3 prong outlets for their computers and tv, they'll be glad to have them!
- A french drain in the basement. We had record breaking rain in June, which quickly resulted in big puddles in the basement - particularly in an odd concrete trench that was in the back of the basement (Which, by the way, we've all stepping in at some point and gotten wet up to our ankles). The 'crackologists' from Concrete Rx came out and dug a trench around the entire basement. filled it with drainage pipes and crushed stone, installed 'dimple board' on the walls to catch any new water, and put a sump pump in the corner to whisk it all away. It's a big job and a big budget item. But it's guaranteed to keep the basement dry for 25 years!
|Crackologists at work|
|Dimple Board is so cool!|
|Dominic and Richard Surveying the Heating System|
So, all this behind the floors and ceilings work isn't something that a future buyer will notice as they walk in the door, but it will result in a huge improvement to safety and functionality!