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Lisa C 03-05-2011 04:55 PM

hello!
 
I just bought a house that needs some work, so I am guessing I will be visiting every now and then.
I bought it outright and had the inspection which was good other than the roof which I knew needed replaced. So I got my Homeowners quote and made it happen!
But then... of course it couldn't be that smooth. House in uninsurable until the roof is replaced. Even that would not be so bad, but the roof estimates are about 9k because it is 2 layers of shingle over shake!
So it looks like I am going to be sweating it for a while until I can manage that. I thought I would have at least a couple months before I had to deal with it.
The good news is it doesn't leak, but it is unnerving nonetheless!
My plan was always to save enough to buy outright and spend my money doing things like I wanted them. The house is over 100 years old and I just love it. Though it needs some things, the price was right and the inspection made me feel very good about it.
Anyway, glad to have found this and I think it will be a great resource!:thumbup:

oh'mike 03-05-2011 05:33 PM

Welcome---Lisa. There are a bunch of antique house lovers here----Post a picture or two--

Join right in ---Mike----

Mark Harvey 03-05-2011 05:54 PM

Lisa
 
Hi Lisa, Welcome. Best to take some pictures of the house and roof. It gives us all the ability to see the roof pitch, condition, height and other issues before just jumping in with suggestions. If you aren't sure about how to post pictures, the information is available on this site or you can just ask the questions.

Lisa C 03-05-2011 09:39 PM

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Here is all I have. Had to read the directions to do that! Oh no!
And yes, the siding is coming off too. In a hurry!

oh'mike 03-06-2011 06:57 AM

You have a lot of possibilities there----You can make that house real attractive--

The roof pitch isn't to bad---Sounds like a roofing party is needed here.:laughing:

HoweD 03-06-2011 12:09 PM

You and me both, Lisa, we'll be checking back here. Only I have the appraisal to get things rolling and the lien holder to frustrate me after the owner went bankrupt. The owner and I met when the city sent a letter 4 years ago saying, board this one up or we'll charge you. I've been buying it ever since and now the lawyers are working it out. There are plenty of photos already, inside and out. Now is time to plan. 1871 was a long time ago but the foundation is rock solid and the effort and expense will be worthwhile!

Lisa C 03-06-2011 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by HoweD (Post 603611)
You and me both, Lisa, we'll be checking back here. Only I have the appraisal to get things rolling and the lien holder to frustrate me after the owner went bankrupt. The owner and I met when the city sent a letter 4 years ago saying, board this one up or we'll charge you. I've been buying it ever since and now the lawyers are working it out. There are plenty of photos already, inside and out. Now is time to plan. 1871 was a long time ago but the foundation is rock solid and the effort and expense will be worthwhile!

Luckily, mine was not a foreclosure or a desperate move. It was an older couple who had lived here 24 years. When the man lost his wife, he moved closer to his kids. But... the house had been on the market and empty for a year, and my negotiations going on nearly 5 months.
Although there is some major work needed, there are also some very good things that I don't need to worry about immediately. All mechanicals and wiring great... foundation and structure good. New garage. Most important though- after looking for a year previously and continuing my search, I knew the second I walked in that this house was the one.
There is plenty to keep me busy for years. It's hard to see the end of the tunnel at the very beginning but however it turns out I know I am going to love it!
Yes, this one ca 1900. Withstood major flooding in the 30's where other homes in the area swept from their foundations. They just don't make them like that anymore, at least not in my budget!
Good luck with yours. It takes a different kind to really appreciate some of these really old homes and be dedicated to doing what it takes to bring them back and beyond their original charm. The high ceilings, transom windows, no closets... gotta love it!:thumbsup:

Scuba_Dave 03-11-2011 08:17 PM

Welcome to the site !


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