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Old 08-02-2012, 03:04 AM   #1
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Honey, I bought a foreclosure!

That's what he said.

Alas, the ol' girl needs a lot of help as she was left neglected. The pool was a swamp... we could have made a killing growing frog legs. I could have done without the snakes, though.

We got a huge surprise after we shampooed the carpets. There had been a very leaky dog! Natures Miracle could not cure that mess (we tried), so we ripped up the carpets and discovered subfloor issues. Really? Particle board overlay? Someone was not bright. Thankfully that will not be too difficult to replace.

Now the sill plate issues (the reason I came here) and the trees we are leaving to the professionals. I know better than to play with jacks and electricity lines.

We plan for it to be our "forever" home, so we will be fixing her up right. It will be an adventure!


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Particle board was widely used on tract homes in the 70's and 80's. It was looked at as cheaper than ply, and also worked as a sound absorber.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the greetings!

The home is built in 1976 in what was then considered a very upscale neighborhood and the builder did an amazing job. The paneling and trim is gorgeous. It was the last owner, who bought in 2005, that made some very bad choices and really slacked on the maintenance. We know far too much about her. Amongst other things, one of her W-2s from 2006 was found under the kitchen carpeting. (?) It's like she left a calling card under each thing.

In many of the rooms, there is plywood subfloor and overlay, like my father used in the 70s when we build our house. The particleboard is recent - 2007 using the utility bill between it and the carpet to base that on. Someone in the neighborhood said that the dog ripped up the hardwoods and they ripped them out, replacing them with particle board and carpet. Bless their hearts.

We have not ripped the carpets out upstairs yet, as they shampooed fine and left no stench. We will save those for later, but we are expecting to find particle board.

It's an adventure, right?
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Welcome! We bought a foreclosure as well, it has been a great investment. We paid about 50% of fair marker value, and it needed paint more than anything! I have had to learn to do a lot, and learned to use my local contractors whenever possible. I have also learned, like you, that there are some areas that are best left to the professionals (we had a new electric entrance panel installed, something I was not willing to attempt).

Foreclosures can be fun! Enjoy.
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Yuck pet pee....I hate that. Looks like you have a fine project to take up your spare time.
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