Hello Everyone (or "yinz" for any fellow Pittsburgh-ers...)
I am nearing the end of my first year in a 1915 foursquare in one of Pittsburgh's city neighborhoods. I bought the house because I was sick of giving money to slum lords.
Being an accounting major, I did all of my homework on the financial end of things and it all made sense. Although I have always been interested in the more "hands on" aspects of construction, home ownership, etc., I had white collar hands and knowledge when it came to a house.
My first red flag should have been that the house was flipped, but I (used to) trust that people had good intentions. I hired a home inspector from the internet after reading some good reviews. As it turns out, the good reviews really were for the fact that he showed up on time and sent you a fancy PDF at the end. After living here for a year, I realized his knowledge of home inspection was about the extent of mine.
The upside is I have become a DIY'er and done a lot of work trying to correct the things that the flipper did. I recently finished a partial renovation of the bathroom after removing a mirror that the flipper had glued to the wall to cover up several large holes with exposed knob and tube wiring in them. (Oh yes, and they "finished" a basement that was wet and leaking water!)
It's getting cold, so I am working on sealing up and insulating as much ductwork as I can and air sealing as much of the house as possible. Next project is replacing the knob and tube lighting circuit on the second floor so I can put insulation in the attic.
Look forward to talking to everyone!
P.S. If you are looking at a flipped house in Pittsburgh or know somebody who is, please PM me and I'll share the name of the folks that scammed me.