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Old 01-26-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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I'm new here, and I have one main question.
My mothers house is in bad condition, like real bad. Years ago a tree fell on it, insurance only paid for a 'budget' fix so the roof is leaky, And because its very rainy in Louisiana, almost every wall in this house has some type of water damage.

we cannot afford to get people here to fix it nor do we know how to fix everything ourselves. We also have electrical problems because the previous owner thought he was an electrician.

The question I'm getting to is, are there any organizations to help poor people with falling apart homes? Or do we pretty much need to do what we can or move out?
We really don't want to leave here, we have lived here most of my life. I don't want a big fancy house. Just a safe one without mold and pots to catch drips during the rain.

Thanks guys, sorry if I put this in the wrong spot. Just really need some advice here.

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Old 01-26-2012, 05:19 AM   #2
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Start with a call or two----The Salvation Army is the first place I'd call---those people have quietly aided a lot of people who needed a hand.

You county may also have programs to help older folks maintain their homes---

If you belong to a church---have a word with the pastor---they might have a suggestion--

Others here may have some real names and numbers for you---Mike---

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Old 01-26-2012, 06:59 AM   #3
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look into Habitat for Humanity in your area.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:59 PM   #4
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Ill look into those places, but it looks like we will be stuck into doing this ourselves. Where would y'all reccomend to start trying to fix? I was thinking start with the roof and outside walls to keep the water out and keep future repairs safe?
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Do lots of reading, go to the library and get books, come back and ask questions as you need to.

Your right in your thinking, start with the roof and any other areas that need to be fixed, separate needs from wants.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:26 PM   #6
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Start by drying it in. Fix the roof and any other places that are letting water in. Then you attack the water damage inside knowing it won't get wet and ruined again.
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Tell us where you are, maybe someone near would give you a hand.
I have done it a lot in the past, As long as you are willing to work and learn.
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Ill look into those places, but it looks like we will be stuck into doing this ourselves. Where would y'all reccomend to start trying to fix?
The first step is a single unified plan with budgets.
Budget for your money but also budget for your time.

Then decide if it's worth committing either your time or your money...
to make that plan happen.

From what I saw when I was in NOLA in the fall of '06...
most of what got flooded should have been torn down even before the storm.
Meaning that what was worth rebuilding after the storm has been done by now.

So... also budget full demolition and building from scratch on the lot.
Or buying a manufactured house for the lot.

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Well its in baton rouge. I know for sure one wall is almost completely rotten and a carport will need to be demo'd. I've done a little bit of building. I'm good at it. I just don't have the expirience to say "yea I'm going to start with this and by next week be doing that". And this isn't something that will be able to be done all at once. I will have to do one step, then let funds regenerate. I would just wait and try to do it all at once but it just gets worse the longer I wait. Some of the house is still pretty solid, but a good bit of it needs to be stripped to studs and redone, if not completely replaced.
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I just don't have the experience to say "yea I'm going to start with this and by next week be doing that".
We get that.

The suggestion is to find someone who does have that experience.
Pick their brain. Then do the shopping to make up a budget.
But mostly... to be honest with yourself about the burden you're taking on.

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And this isn't something that will be able to be done all at once.
I will have to do one step, then let funds regenerate.
If you're forced to work in this manner... then having a plan is even more important.

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Old 01-27-2012, 09:18 AM   #11
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Yea, I'm trying to make a plan ,sorry if I'm aggrivating ya or seeming like I'm totally ignoring what your saying. I'm honestly not. I'm thinking right now to just do the roof because a buddy will pay for that, then if it doesn't go horribly wrong Id have enough for the wood for the walls and a cheaper pre colored siding. Is there a certain wood id need for the outside walls? I priced it with a 3/4 particle board and I could get enough to cover all the walls with a lot to spare.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:28 AM   #12
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The rough plan shouldn't be too hard.
Remove enough sheetrock to assess damage to the framing.
Remove all moldy parts so you don't get sick.
Fix framing in roof and walls
Fix the ROOF!
Sheath the outside. (Pre-primed/painted Masonite type or T-111)
Fix electrical and plumbing problems.
Hang sheetrock.
Tape/mud/paint/trim as you can.

The place will be ugly inside as you work. Strip it enough to assess and repair damage. Get it dry. Staple clear plastic to the inside of the studs temporarily while you save money for sheetrock.

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