Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Making the List

We had our home inspection yesterday, and everything came out pretty well.  Especially when you consider the fact that the house was built in 1958 (making it 54 years old - still newer than the Jasper house, though), and that it hasn't had much in the way of updating.

The only major issue that came up that may need to be remedied by the seller is that the crawl space has mold in it.  We paid an extra $200 or so to have two mold samples taken to determine the type and concentration of the mold we got going down there.  If it's at a high level or the bad-bad type of mold (black mold), then it'll cost quite a bit to fix - anywhere from $2,000 - $4,000.  We would, of course, make the sellers pay to fix it, since it would have to be fixed before anyone (not just us) could buy the house.

Even before the inspection (actually even before we had the accepted offer), I started making a list of everything that needed to be done.  Some are biggies and are comprised of lots of little projects (i.e. "remodel kitchen"), and some are little jobbers.  Of course, I added a few items that were brought to our attention yesterday during the inspection, and I'm sure I'll be adding to the list once we actually move in.

Here's THE LIST (in order of likeliness of happening):

- Have the HVAC people do ductwork + install heat pump
- Remove baseboard radiators
- Take down little wooden room divider between living room + dining room
- Take down mirrors in living room
- Remove brass fireplace insert
- Demo shelves in mudroom
- Hang shelves
- Buy rugs
- Install closet organizer in office closet
- Put up gallery wall in hallway
- Replace old / mismatched switchplates with white ones
- Update all lighting fixtures
- Hang shelves
- Replace water heater
- Install garage door opener
- Paint all wood trim white
- Paint kitchen cabinets white
- Get chickens
- Build farmhouse table for dining room
- Build shelves for garage + barn storage
- Fix patio concrete slab
- Replace patio doors
- Fence in backyard
- Add recess lighting to fireplace area
- Paint cabinets + floor in garage
- Replace outlets with GFCIs where applicable
- Renovate Master Bathroom
- Renovate Small Bathroom
- Move W/D to mudroom (add plumbing / electrical) + add cabinets
- Remodel kitchen
- Replace exterior doors (front + mudroom)
- Replace garage door
- Remove giant bushes out front and replace with boxwoods / hydrangeas / anything else
- Finish siding on barn
- Add siding + trim to house

Mercy, that's a lot of work.  Can't wait to tackle it all!

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