This afternoon, I spent an educational three+ hours with the home inspector as we went through my long-term project room by room and utility by utility. And my HVAC guy joined us to plan out a heating and cooling solution – the current furnaces work well, but not at all efficiently…and they’re almost the size of my first apartment – plus there’s no central a/c.
There was but one unexpected revelation…but not altogether surprising, because I couldn’t see the roof from the yard. It turns out there are an unfortunate number of popped nails and a passel of missing three-tab asphalt shingles (plus some of the wood shingles on the sides of the dormer windows need to be replaced with some alacrity). But the inspector says with those issues addressed, “the roof still has some life in it.” Does that mean a year? Two years? He wouldn’t say.
So I need to get my roof guy over to take a look (and address the problems). I was hoping to not write him another check for a couple years when I’ll need to have the roof replaced, but…
And many of the windows need replacing, too (I knew that already). They don’t stay open (but I know how to make a stick to combat that) and some of the seals are breached. But new windows will just have to wait.
Beyond that stuff (for which I have to hire out), there’s plenty to do. This is going to be a long-term project. I’ll start with the big stuff before my knees and energy further deteriorate.
First is to redo the second-floor bath…because ick. Been there, done that before. It’s all fun, except for the grouting. Grouting bites.
Then, I’ll figure out how the front stairs used to look, take out the wall that was erected to make it a two family, and put the stairs back to rights. I am hopeful that the original balustrade is hidden between the two sides of the drywall…but I doubt I’ll get that lucky. And I’ll have to un-remuddle one of the rooms on the second floor, wherein the hall balustrade clearly used to reside.
There’s another kitchen in my future. And another bathroom (or two). A laundry room. A knee wall and columns in the foyer. Lots of painting (after plaster fixes).
But of course, before all of the above comes the shop.
So, lots of fun in my future (assuming nothing happens between now and the closing)!
Here are too many pictures, should you care to look.