Join John Adams, world renowned Intl Matchmaker, Thurs nights 8:30 EST for Live Webcasts with FREE Prizes!
And check out Five Reasons why you should attend a FREE Live AFA Seminar! See locations and details.


Scam free! Check out Christian Filipina - Meet Asian women with Christian values! Members screened.
Exclusive book offer! 75% off! How to Meet, Date and Marry Your Filipina Wife



View Active Topics       Latest 100 Topics       View Your Posts       FAQ Topics       Switch to Mobile


Need advice about buying/fixing homes

Ask questions and get advice, or share advice. Disclaimer: Any advice you take here is at your own risk. We are not liable for any consequences you might incur from following someone's advice here.
Note: Before posting your question, do a search for it in the Google Search box at the top to see if it's already been addressed.

Moderators: jamesbond, fschmidt

Need advice about buying/fixing homes

Postby KristineTheStrawberryGirl » Mon May 05, 2008 12:25 pm

Hello Everyone,

My husband and I are in the process of buying a bank repo.

The house is pretty old, and needs work, although it looks surprisingly sturdy and nice. However, as I am not very informed about houses, I do not really know what could be wrong that I can't see. Hence, I am very anxious to get the inspection reports. I need some advice about what types of things are worth fixing and what types of things should be the red flag to back out of the deal.

If it is determined that the place is worth fixing later on, it would also be nice to have someone who could give some advice about how to fix it.

If anyone here is an expert on this subject, please respond to this thread or PM me.

Thank you :-)
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." -Ludwig Wittgenstein
KristineTheStrawberryGirl
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 140
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:32 am
Location: Nor-Cal







Postby gmm567 » Wed May 07, 2008 5:17 pm

I've done about 7 of them and put a nice chunk of coin in the bank.

1) have someone check the foundation for cracks and upheaval. Make sure your inspector takes a look. Foundation problems can be very expensive.

2) roof--make sure the roof is good. The one thing that will destroy a house is water--believe it or not. The wood rots and loses it's structural strength.

3) plumbing--turn on the each faucet and make sure the water comes on and you have good pressure. If the system is leaking somewhere , you'll probably hear it.

4)electrical system- make sure the outlets have electricity. You can buy a circuit tester for $4 at Home depot that you put into the outlet and it will tell you wether the wires are hooked up wrong and whether there is a ground. Your inspector will most likely do that. One more thing , you might want to take the cover off an outlet and see whether you have aluminium wiring--they used aluminium rather than copper---in SOME houses in the 70's when copper prices spiked. Some electricians believe alumuninium might not be as safe.

Check out National Cost Estimator free on the internet --that is a database of labor and material costs for every task that goes into a building a house. It's great for getting a sense of how much time and money it will cost you to do repairs. It takes a little time to figure out how to use it but it's well worth the effort. You can estimate anything. And most material prices will come directly from your closest home depot. I think HomeDepot actually gives the database out for free on a cd.

Oh and by the way, if you end up hiring some of the work done--be sure and get a contract that stipulates what he will do and how much he will get paid. Never give those guys free reign. You might talk with a builder to get references for contractors that he has used and recommends. Don't get them out of the yellow pages--you're asking for trouble.
gmm567
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 471
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:12 pm

Postby momopi » Wed May 07, 2008 11:56 pm

I'd also add that many cities offer housing rehabilitation subsidies, might want to look into it. They're usually grants and it's free money!
momopi
Elite Upper Class Poster
 
Posts: 4707
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:44 am
Location: Orange County, California

Postby KristineTheStrawberryGirl » Mon May 12, 2008 8:53 pm

Thanks for the tips and resources.

Good news: our pest inspection results are really good. I guess it's true when they say that older houses were built stronger and out of better materials!
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." -Ludwig Wittgenstein
KristineTheStrawberryGirl
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 140
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:32 am
Location: Nor-Cal

Postby gmm567 » Tue May 13, 2008 11:58 pm

The wood in older homes came from much older trees. And that old wood is much denser and has better strength.

But, it's not true that new houses aren't built as well. Structural grade Stud 2 X 4 are machine graded (tested) for the required structural strength for the wind, snow and other loads found in your area.

Houses are engineered . This is done through the simplified structural engineering found in the building codes.
gmm567
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 471
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:12 pm

houses

Postby Erazinn » Mon May 19, 2008 2:29 pm

Hi there,
I am a Realtor yet I don't know everything; however, you should have the home inspected prior to purchase. This will tell you the things that are really bad. Bad like: terribly old aluminum electrical wires that are half melted or something that could cause a fire, scorpion/bug/termite infestations, foundational cracks because of a tree or water or seismic damage (highly unlikely but you never know) the bank wont' tell you a thing. Roof problems you can't see with naked eye. If you are not nickel diming on the project, you need to pay to have a thorough inspection done a fork over the extra for a roof inspection (maybe maybe not) and don't freak out over half the stuff they say that's wrong. Really very little can't be remedied. If it's a screaming deal- go for it and get ready to work your butt off but have fun!!
Best, Erin
Erazinn
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:54 pm
Location: phoenix, az, usa


Return to Questions and Advice

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest