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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 8 – Move-in

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 8 – Move-in By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. The Move In  Months later, we finally moved into our new house. We still have a stair rail that needs to be built and the back splash to install, happening soon. I have

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 7 – Electrical

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 7 – Electrical By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Electrical Issues   Most of the outlets in our house (except for the basement) were the original 1966 outlets. Since we needed to rebuild and upgrade the electrical panel, we also replaced all the

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The Fascinating World of Dryer Lint

The Fascinating World of Dryer Lint It’s not unusual for home inspectors to find dryer ducts packed with lint in the course of an inspection. When they do, they strongly recommend dryer duct cleaning. This is not a trivial issue because the lint is potentially combustible and a somewhat common source of house fires. Do Your Clothes Take Forever to Dry? But with that knowledge, it still didn’t occur to Norris to have the dryer vents cleaned at his home or the rental condo he owns. Shortly after a new tenant moved into his condo last year, they called to

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 6, Termites

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 6, Termites By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Termites! It’s a common belief that there are no termites in Colorado, right? Wrong. We have found throughout our remodeling process that inspections can only uncover so much. For example, the family room had

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 5, The Kitchen

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 5, The Kitchen By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. The Kitchen Once we closed on the house, I started going through the kitchen. The cabinets and appliances, while functional, were in much worse shape than I thought. The stove was the original

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 4, Flooring

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 4, Flooring By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Replacing the Flooring We knew from the start that we were going to replace all the flooring in the house except for the bathrooms and laundry room. As with many things during this remodel,

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 3, Water Everywhere!

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 3, Water Everywhere! By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Goodbye Swamp Cooler, Hello A/C We bought our home knowing the previous home owners did not have A/C and used a swamp cooler instead. The swamp cooler was full of mold and had

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 2, Mold and Asbestos

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 2, Mold and Asbestos By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In part one of this blog I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Mold Mitigation We ordered a simple air quality test for mold in the house. When it came back positive, I knew we needed to do more extensive testing and

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 1, Landscaping

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 1, Landscaping By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I bought an older home, built in 1966. We had not been looking for a fixer-upper, but because we loved the location, we bought it anyway. As those of you who have renovated a home know, taking on a fixer-upper is a challenging process. I wrote this blog in hopes that it might make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Understand the Scope of Work Before You Buy When we initially bought the

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Methamphetamine and Real Estate

Methamphetamine and Real Estate Several years ago we discovered that methamphetamine had been smoked in a home one of our clients had under contract. The house was immaculate, but the testing and cleanup costs were over $35,000. This was the result of the previous owner’s son smoking a few times with his friends. Had there been someone living in the house at the time, they could have lost all of their personal property as well (as it is all considered contaminated). Following this experience, we began recommending meth screening tests to each client and paying 1/2 of their $375 cost.

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