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Old 08-26-2012, 11:48 AM   #1
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Ugh, sorry, I posted a question down below a few minutes before introducing myself.

I am a first time homeowner who bought a little ghetto fixer upper in the Dirty South.

Had money but no time or skills to do much with it when I bought it. Now, six years later, I have time and rudimentary skills and no cash.

So sturdy on the cheap will be my focus.

My overall goal is to get a few major things taken care of so I can refinance my place while interest rates are ridiculously low. I have a little construction helper experience and electrician training and a housemate who works as an electrician, so there's a minimal amount of knowhow going on here.

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Old 08-26-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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Welcome.
A few tips. Always start on the outside first, roof, doors, siding, windows, foundation.
If there in bad shape the inside will also fail.
On the inside wiring and plumbing first if it needs upgrading.
Then since you have limited skills start with empty cheap and easy to do rooms first. Bedrooms are a good start. Try to stick with one room at a time or it gets overhelming.
The kitchen and bathrooms will cost as much to do as all the other rooms combined.

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Old 08-26-2012, 12:47 PM   #3
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Welcome.
A few tips. Always start on the outside first, roof, doors, siding, windows, foundation.
If there in bad shape the inside will also fail.
On the inside wiring and plumbing first if it needs upgrading.
Then since you have limited skills start with empty cheap and easy to do rooms first. Bedrooms are a good start. Try to stick with one room at a time or it gets overhelming.
The kitchen and bathrooms will cost as much to do as all the other rooms combined.
Thanks for the tips. I started by clearing outside brush and debris and planting a little outside and then moved onto piddly stupid stuff I knew I could do like fixtures and painting.

Only in triage mode the past couple of years -- fixing roof to keep water out of bathroom wall, tearing out bathroom to get mold out of house, putting in fans and replacing corroded fixtures.

Just about done rewalling and flooring the rotten bathroom. Plan is to reshingle spots on the roof, put in gutters and replace several rotten (trim and frames) windows.

That will leave a lot of ugly and stuff that could be fixed, but I think it will be enough to get me a decent refi and free up money for more work.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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Do not bother to trim or paint unless you're CERTAIN the material under there won't need replacing first. It'd be a shame to have to destroy the little stuff because of not checking first. Or, worse, to avoid fixing the important stuff due to not wanting to 'waste' the money/time spent on the cosmetic stuff.
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Do not bother to trim or paint unless you're CERTAIN the material under there won't need replacing first. It'd be a shame to have to destroy the little stuff because of not checking first. Or, worse, to avoid fixing the important stuff due to not wanting to 'waste' the money/time spent on the cosmetic stuff.
Yup. Learned that after repainting my flamingo pink bathroom only to have to rip the walls out a few years later. Actually, that was OK. Getting rid of the pink was an immediate mental health concern. ..
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:39 PM   #7
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Welcome!

If I may slip in one more helpful hint I'd say keep a list. I have measurements of every project I have "on the back burner" so to speak. Windows, closets, cabinets, whatever. That way if I come across a great find at a yard sale, a bargain at the Re-Store, or just a unbeatable sale price I know if it will work or fit.

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I am new to this site and just posted my first cry for help with flooring....this is a great site. My husband and I are not real handy but will tackle just about anything and we learn as we go. This site is perfect for us. I wanted to thank you all for your great information that I've been reading for months now. It sure helps..we leave the large jobs for the pros but do what we can with smaller jobs.
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