My son and I looked at a 90 year old house (for him). Price was $79k, it's a 3 bedroom, 1 bath home on 1/2 acre. It has new windows and new doors, new roof, and furnace is only 8 years old (oil forced air). It had the electrical upgraded to 100 amp breaker box more recently too. It will need rewired for the most part. Most rooms have only one outlet (on the floor) and one overhead light. Has plaster walls and on the second floor it looks as though the plaster has come loose from the lath as it's drooping out. I would just bust the plaster off and put drywall up after rewiring where we need to. I can do most everything, but am wondering if I can just use a respirator type mask to protect myself from possible lead and asbestos in the plaster? Also we're a bit concerned about a pine tree next to the house that's probably even older than the house I'm guessing. It must be at least 4' in diameter at the base and I'm guessing 100' tall. It looks healthy, but leans towards the house and if it ever decided to fall would completely demolish the house it seems. Would a tree surgeon be able to tell how safe it might be? according to my google search, pine trees in PA can live anywhere from 200-450 years and grow 75-100' tall. The house needs a lot of TLC. Needs new siding, soffit, facia and gutters. someone replaced the old porch with a smaller deck and we'd want to restore the old porch. It has asphalt shingle siding on it now, but we'd probably just put vinyl siding over it, or remove the asphalt and apply vinyl over it. Does that cause a dampness trap with plaster walls?
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