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Old 02-21-2010, 11:46 PM   #1
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My wife and I purchased a foreclosure in June of 2009. We originally looked at the home in April of that year but due to complications with the house did not close until June. When the home inspector looked at the house originally he found 95 items that needed to be replaced/repaired or remodeled. A few of the had to be addressed by the bank before the sale so that contributed to the delay in closing.

So I have begun the journey of completing this list. As of the writing of this initial post I am tearing out the kitchen in order to remodel it. Issues regarding this can be found in this post. I have started a blog with the same title as I will be positing updates. There is always something with this project! Unexpected and unusual.

A few photos of the exterior and some of the items needing attention:
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:49 PM   #2
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...just a few out of many. That's a towel stuck in what we are told was possibly a chimney for a corn cob stove. Being right below a window I hope it wasn't...
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When you open a closet on the second floor you see the roof of the first half of the house before the addition was done. The addition is larger than the original house.
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The house is on a well and when we purchased it was entirely electrical. I relocated the well pressure tank and installed whole house macro filtration, softener and then whole house filtration. I also installed propane gas line and installed tankless water heaters. This was all done in July and August of last year. Our heat runs on the tankless water heaters and that was done in November.
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But look how much $$$ the previous owners saved on permits, inspections and hiring pros to do the work! A little sarcasm there.

I'd be interested in knowing if the inspector you hired has ever found 95 things to report in any of his previous inspections.

Thanks for posting the pics. Great thread!

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The guest bathroom is what we are currently using as our bathroom while I tear out and work on the master suite. The pictures were taken after I had already started. The toilet, tub, bidet and Pergo floor were in good condition so they were kept to save time in getting functional bathroom. One unique feature about this bathroom was there was no door in-between the bathroom/closet and the bedroom itself.
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This is what the bathroom looks like after the short remodel. I wish I could have found a better light fixture. You can't see it since I started taking pictures after I started but the rough in is not centered.
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But look how much $$$ the previous owners saved on permits, inspections and hiring pros to do the work! A little sarcasm there.

I'd be interested in knowing if the inspector you hired has ever found 95 things to report in any of his previous inspections.

Thanks for posting the pics. Great thread!

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90% of all the light fixtures were missing, about 75% of all the light switches were missing. Floors, toilets, you name it something wasn't up to par. The home inspector is just one of those you hire when you buy a place not the county code inspector. This thread will be ongoing as I complete the work in my spare time.

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found this during master suite demo...WHAT'S WITH THE BEAM???
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Some before and current. Plan is to move the sink to a centered location on the wall. Wen to logical location for vent and it wasn't there, opened up wall more to find a vent the goes up-wards but wall ends at about 9 feet and is not continuous to roof. Will need to find where this vent goes.
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This is the current kitchen plan, subject to change...
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Nice looking house
Looks like you have some work ahead of you
Bathroom came out very nice
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Nice looking house
Loosk like you have some work ahead of you
Bathroom came out very nice
Thanks! I'll need a lot of support and encouragement!
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House looks great. Good luck with all the work you have to do. Looks like you still have your work cut out for you.
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...is the fan at the apex of the roof on the back. It is no longer accessible from below nor through the attic, I have no idea if it has power or if it works.

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