December 13, 2006

Progress and Hope

To clarify my entry from yesterday, the first estimate we got several months ago was from a fellow no longer with that particular HVAC company, primarily because he was low-balling every estimate. The previous owner had had an incredibly cheap and crummy HVAC job done and so really nothing should have surprised me -- we already knew it was substandard equipment and that it hadn't been properly installed.

Since we had gotten an estimate though, I was a bit shocked to find out just how much more the real costs would run. The worst case scenario was having to replace everything. It seems that that is not going to be necessary. However, we will have to put in new ducts and a new unit upstairs, since that stuff all has mold in it. We have better estimates now and the price, while much worse than we thought, is not as bad as we feared.

Some things are really clicking faster than we could have hoped. Our roofer came over this morning and his men have been busy tearing off the porch roof -- all three layers of which were rotten. We'll be getting a new metal roof next week. Next week the electricians are supposed to begin their work and if the weather is good we might get a fence to hold in the dog and the kidlets the week between Christmas and New Year's.

While this doesn't take care of all the things I would like to have done before we move, it will make a big dent in the list.


Did you redo the kitchen? Or were the previous owners mid-renovation when you bought the house?

Love it, btw.

Posted by: chris at December 13, 2006 05:44 PM

The previous owner ran out of money mid-way through the kitchen renovation. After we get through doing all the fundamentals that the previous owner neglected to work on, I hope we can get the kitchen finished up. I'd love to have it finished before we move in, but I begin to suspect that I'll be using my electric skillet, microwave and crockpot a lot for the first month.

Posted by: Jordana at December 13, 2006 06:29 PM

Excellent news!

Posted by: dcrmom at December 14, 2006 09:40 AM

On two houses we have purchased in the past, we found out during the closings the owners were near or had gone through bankruptcy. Realtors will never mention that until at or after the closing for fear of losing the deal.

It makes your heart sink once you hear about it, since it means they did not have the money to maintain (let alone improve) the house properly. Well, that's what house inspectors are for, it's just a matter of finding a good inspector.

Prior to one closing we agreed to let the dog (at least 7 y.o.) stay, since he seemed to be "part" of the farmhouse. When we asked about the dog's vet at the closing, they told us "Oh, we never took him to the vet - we just took care of him ourselves." Takes all kinds.

Posted by: Marc V at December 14, 2006 12:38 PM