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Old 07-10-2007, 08:46 AM   #1
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Hello! New and 1st time home buyer


Hello all! My husband and I are closing on our first house on July 19th. We purchased a 1 story bungalow, 2 bed, 1 bath, 1000 sq. ft. in St. Louis, MO. While it's definitely live-able, there are several projects we're going to undertake while we own the home over the next 5 years including:

- have plumbing replaced (still old galvanized stuff so low water pressure)- good news is that since it's a 1 story, all the pipes are exposed in the ceiling of the basement, shouldn't be insanely expensive
- have old cedar siding around sun room and garage replaced with new vinyl siding
- revamp the yard (currently a single woman with a dog lives there so there's a yard of poop with only ivy and big weeds growing in it)
- put in a new fence
- remodel the kitchen to include a dishwasher (new cabinets, self-tiling floor, possible a poured concrete counter, new light fixture, current appliances are fine except needing a dishwasher)
- give the jack and jill bathroom a facelift with new tiles, new vanity, new light fixture, better storage, and new shower fixtures.
- add crown molding to master and living room
- probably replace HVAC while living in the house
- fix up the porch

So, a lot of projects to undertake and I'm sure I'll be on here quite a bit. We're not fools thinking we can do it all ourselves, but we are decent DIYers and are excited to do what we can!

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Old 07-10-2007, 11:20 AM   #2
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Hello! New and 1st time home buyer


Hi and welcome to the site. I'm sure that you will get alot of help from the members on here....

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Old 07-10-2007, 11:23 AM   #3
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Did you have the home inspected as a condition of the purchase?
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:37 AM   #4
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Yes. This was actually our 2nd home inspection. We had a house bought and ready to close for the 22nd of June but while they were replacing the roof (as per the inspection addendums), they found the original slate roof was still on the house and the seller wanted us to pay for the extra costs associated with removing that and preparing for the new roof. We walked away and found this current house. We used the same home inspector (expensive, but worth it).

There were very few problems found during the inspection, a little bit of wood rot in the cedar siding (which we're replacing anyways), a sagging rafter in the roof of the garage (which the seller has had repaired), the ivy causing damage to the exterior wall so now we need to tuck point, etc.

The main problem with this house came with the sewer lateral inspection, the cast iron pipe under the house needed replaced, which the seller has done.
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Welcome and congrats!
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Has the electric been updated?

What size main panel is in the house? (100, 150, 200 amp)
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Yes, the electric is updated.

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