Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The House Repair List

As promised the work list for my little house,

1) New clapboard siding, rehang gutters
2) New windows (10).
3) Retile bathroom
4) New flooring in entire house
5) Kitchen, fix warped floor, fix damaged dry wall behind water heater, new cabinets and counter tops, perhaps new appliances (cooktop and wall oven to replace range). New floor-
6) Research replacing tank hot water heater with an on demand one-How to best install
7) Upgrade electrical to 200 amp service and upgrade power head coming into the house.
8) New supports for enclosed porch, fix damaged floor boards.
9) New doors interior and exterior.
10) Replace old insulation in crawl space and attic
11) Talk to contractor about removing old unused chimeny from side of house.
12) Fix Stone step to back door.
13) Painting as needed.

The only thing on this list I can do is paint.  The rest is out of my league. 


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FRANNIE said...

Betty, I felt overwhelmed by #5, good luck!

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Okay, this post garnered some really strange Anon comments.

That's a LOT of work, I hope you find a really good contractor to help with the stuff that you can't handle on your own.

Shevy said...

Ah, yes. I could write a very similar list for my rural home. Reroof, re-side, new gutters and new windows pretty much all at once. New flooring throughout. Replace the 25 yr old hot water heater with an on-demand type. New kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity, plus countertops. Low flow toilet. New interior & exterior doors. Repair/replace fencing. I just don't have a chimney! And, luckily, my next door neighbor is a contractor. All I need is money. I just do one thing at a time as I can afford it (or when there's a crisis, like when part of the roof blew off the other winter). And I do a *lot* myself.

I'd buy IKEA cabinets and put them together myself, put in the new floor myself, but then let the contractor hang the cabinets (as getting them level is the tricky part).

Insulation is another possible DIY but drywall is very finicky, especially the taping/mudding part. Also, let a pro hang doors as they have to be leveled from several directions all at once.

Stephen @ ACE Prepaid Debit Card said...

Wow, you've got a lot of fixing in that list. I think you should be thankful, at least you can save some money for the painting tasks. Those are heavy house works, and unless you are an eager carpentry hobbyist or a professional yourself, you can't perform all of those.

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