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|11-26-2012, 08:07 AM||#22 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Michigan
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|11-26-2012, 08:28 AM||#23 (permalink)|
I don't know if this was mentioned, but I noticed the oil tank. Be onthe lookout for abandoned tanks in the ground, and oil spots under the tank that is there. I recently had to turn down purchasing a house with an old oil tank abandoned on the property that the current owner refused to remove. I have heard way too many stories of $50K+++ bills for remediation of oil spills.
|11-26-2012, 08:29 AM||#24 (permalink)|
ton up boy
Join Date: Mar 2007
We had some TNT in the attic and a soviet mortar grenade in the outside storage when we bought our house. (Built in -25, remodeled in -45) Something to remember when cleaning up old houses.
(Around here itīs common to have grenades etc., cause soldiers coming from the front brought those back as souvenirs. )
Not likely in the states when they came back on boats.
But a lot of other scary/poisonous/dangerous stuff in old storages. Always take your time and wear respirator if needed.
You're on an internet forum.
Every first post is a cry for attention.
|11-26-2012, 08:36 AM||#25 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: In a house in TN
Always remember that water runs downhill. If at any part of your property your house is below a nearby hill/slope water will run under/through it. It will cause damage.
|11-26-2012, 10:10 AM||#26 (permalink)|
i dont mind hauntings as long as the ghosts are peaceful.
looking at the public records on the house, what is listed online and on the data sheet, it looks like this house has been under the same ownership for a long time, that or they didnt keep records of sales until recently.
one of the first things i will be inspecting is the foundation and basement as well as where the driveway meets the back of the house and how they have it so that water doesnt get into the foundation.
the next major thing will be electrical, followed by the roof and then plumbing.
at the moment, the basement is just a cellar with only exterior access via a storm cellar type door. i wonder if it would be worth my time and effort to make it into usable space and add access to the rest of the house... gotta see what it looks like in there first, bringing work gloves, knee pads, a bright light, and something to smash spiders with, lol.
|11-26-2012, 11:35 AM||#27 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland Metro
Good indicator that there may be water issues. I speak from bitter experience.
|12-01-2012, 09:29 PM||#29 (permalink)|
Well, i got to get a good look around the house, the owner was there working on it this weekend. He had removed the chair lift, paneling in the master bed room and just about everything in the bathroom. It will need a roof, i kinda figured on that though, it will give me an opportunity to expand the 2nd floor out to the rear. The position of the tub is in a location where one would have to bend over to stand in it.
The furnace is fairly new (within the last 10 years)and seems to work rather well. The kitchen is large but the ceilings on the 1st floor are low, very low, which means that the cabinets are about 10" over the counter tops, lol. I can stand up in the living room, but my head will hit the ceiling if i try, without standing on toes. Id say its a 6' ceiling. The floor in the master bedroom would need to be redone, it flexes quite a lot and is a bit sketchy at best, which would give the opportunity to raise the ceiling in the living room.
The cellar was actually nice, concrete floors with cinder block walls. The was some signs of flooding, looked like water got to about 6" deep. There is a sump pump in there though, which is probably why it is dry. The finished part is about 12'-15' deep and there is a "door way" leading to where they dug under the house to run ducting for the hvac under the floor. I would like to finish digging it out to the other side of the house, finish it like the rest of the cellar and then put in access to the house so that i wouldnt have to go outside to get down there.
The out buildings were nice. All have electric. The garage is set up like a wood shop right now, it seems that the guy that lived there used to restore steamer trunks before he passed away. The garage has a/c and oil/kerosene heat. I would also like to add onto the garage, making it an "L" shaped building so that i would have room to pull a car in from the driveway and the original area would be where i would be able to work on things or build engines, etc..
The property is larger than it looks, from what the guy was telling me, the property line is at the tree line, but it goes a lot farther down the road than i thought. Aka, i would need a riding mower, lol.
I really like the property, it will need a lot of work, but i can see the potential in it and if i take it one step at a time, it really wont be too hard to get done up nice. Now i am just waiting on word back from the mortgage guy to see if i will be able to even get financing on the house before i make any kind of offer. It might be in worse shape than they are willing to risk financing.....
Wish me luck, lol.
|01-04-2013, 03:49 PM||#30 (permalink)|
wow, i didnt realize that it had been over a month since i posted in this thread, lol.
well, some stuff happened in the last few weeks. had an agent, fired the agent, talked to the owner, got a new agent, put an offer on the house, got a counter offer, now today, i am putting in a deposit to hold my claim on the property.
i have the place planned out in my head already. one of the work shops is going to be done up into my bike shop, nice flooring, work benches, bike stand, storage racks, the works
the other work show will become my paintball armory. i will have work benches and my metal working tools as well a wall to store/display my markers. i think i will also end up with a sewing machine and other somewhat related hobby type stuff in there as well. i figure if that is the paintball armory, i might as well be able to do my own soft goods, lol.
the garage will nee to be gutted and re done. it is set up as a repair shop for steamer trunks right now. it also looks like the roof might be leaking around the plastic roof panels. it has a metal roof, but it has a couple sections that are translucent plastic to let in light. i am going to have to pull out the carpet and ceiling in there to get rid of any mold or rot from water getting in
the house is going to need a bit of work, but i was counting on that from the begining. there is a 4'x6' powder room in the corner of the living room that i will be moving to the utility room (the other side of the wall) and adding a shower. i will then be converting the dining room into a bedroom that i will rent to my friend. the kitchen will need some updating and rearranging to made usable. i will also have toredo the stairs at the back of the kitchen, they are very steep and, i would say, dangerous. i will put in a set of stairs with a landing at the bottom to try to stretch it out a bit and make it possible to get a bed to the second floor, lol.
eventually, once i get my car paid off and have something esembling disposable income again, i want to raise the ceiling hight in the living room at least a foot, as it is, it is about 6' high and i can touch the ceiling with my head in places. i would use that as an opportunity to expand the master bedroom out over the utility room on the back of the house and then raise the roof hieght to be able to have a larger bedroom and bathroom with a proper shower. as it is now, the ceiling is at an angle over the bath tub, there is no shower and it would be a tight fit for me to stand up in the tub if there where a shower in it.....
all in all, in about 2 months, i should be a home owner, finally, lol.