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Unread 11-30-2019, 08:29 PM   #1
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Tenants sanded my hardwood and painted it. Is it ruined?


Ok, they're not my tenants, but I will probably inherit the house and some relatives living upstairs decided to "refinish" the hardwood floors, which were clearcoated, with an opaque brown lacquer looking crap. For some reason the in-laws didn't stop them.


Probably talking 1000 sq ft, maybe 500.


How much money has been taken out of the value of the house, is what I'm wondering.


Fixing it will happen if/when we inherit.


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What kind of wood and how thick is it?
If its 3/4 oak you can easily sand off any stain and refinish.


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Unread 11-30-2019, 09:41 PM   #3
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Probably a good chance of sanding off the finish. It depends on the species of wood, how well they sanded it, and what kind of finish was used. Oak with latex over incompletely sanded wood, good chance. Maple sanded well with oil based finish, hard to remove.
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So we can give more concise answers, can you post a few pictures so we can see what you see??
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For a de-value amount calculate the cost to cover it with a quality vinyl that looks like hard maple flooring from the 1940's.
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I'm not chiding, my opinion. The house is not yours until it is yours. Try not to protect the house value unless the damages or changes are unreasonable among relatives.
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I'm not chiding, my opinion. The house is not yours until it is yours. Try not to protect the house value unless the damages or changes are unreasonable among relatives.

But if/when we do inherit, we have to decide if it's worth keeping - it might be more of a burden than a help, depending on how much it's worth. For instance, if we have to borrow more money to fix it in order to sell and we don't make the money back. Still, I'm trying to keep calm.
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well...I kinda understand.

But, while you may have an expected future interest. I don't believe you have any legal interest at this stage....given a normal probate issue.

It is good to think and plan ahead, but this is really a RE issue (and personal financial) issue.

A good RE agent knowledgeable in the local community may be helpful in basically this investment consideration/issue.

Good luck....stay calm,,,, because given a simple probate type issue, you can't do much unless you speak to the owners.
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Anyway, it's better to do it all at once and save a lot of trouble later.
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For a de-value amount calculate the cost to cover it with a quality vinyl that looks like hard maple flooring from the 1940's.
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So we can give more concise answers, can you post a few pictures so we can see what you see??
I will try to get some
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What kind of wood and how thick is it?
If its 3/4 oak you can easily sand off any stain and refinish.


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If there are any floor vents you can remove one to measure the thickness of the hardwood.
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But if/when we do inherit, we have to decide if it's worth keeping - it might be more of a burden than a help, depending on how much it's worth. For instance, if we have to borrow more money to fix it in order to sell and we don't make the money back. Still, I'm trying to keep calm.
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I'm with @MTN REMODEL LLC , on the one hand. It ain't yours till it's yours, and nothing much you can do till it is.

On the other hand, it might be worth checking the deed to see if you're on it with, say, a survivor, or "remainder" or other similar kind of interest. That's not the same as inheriting it, since you have an actual interest now.

And, if the property is worth a bit, it might be worth checking with a lawyer familiar with the law of your state regarding such things to see if there's a way to protect such interests. Be warned the answer might be negative, but I'm just wanting to help.

Noting with interest the posts about floor fixing. My hardwood floors appear trashed . . . .
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Re: Tenants sanded my hardwood and painted it. Is it ruined?


My advice is don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

There are a lot of people that thought they should have inherited something, and the learned that they didn't.

Checking the deed for other interests, probably isn't a bad idea. You might be surprised at the results. Those relatives that you call tenants might actually have an interest such as joint tenants with rights of survivorship.

Even if you have seen a will or family trust with your name on it, you don't have an ownership interest until death. Revocable trusts and wills can and do get changed.

I wouldn't worry about that house until I either took it and the other financial affairs over as a trustee (example parents incompetent to handle own affairs) or I actually inherited the house.

Health care costs can decimate what you might call a real nice estate. Depending on what the future brings, you or some trustee might end up selling the house to pay for the owners care.
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