(Closed) House renovations have become a nightmare! (vent)

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 2
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

But it will get better, even if it goes slowly, and then you’ll feel so proud of the work you’ve done!

We just got our first house this summer, it’s 100-years-old and needs lots of love, and at times it is frustrating. Then I remind myself that we’re doing all this work for US, and that we’re the ones that will rake the benefits from it in the end. That has really helped me keep the energy levels up!

Hoping things will go a little smoother for you from now on!

Post # 3
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We did a lot of work in our current house (our starter home). We recently house hunted and bought brand new because I did not want to have to go through that again! A lot of times older homes turn into money pits. Hopefully it gets better for you!

Post # 4
14969 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know your pain.  Welcome to home ownership, it’s *never* just what you see on the surface or what you think is wrong.  Start peeking around, and you’ll find more wrong.  We bought what we thought was a good condition newish 1988 house, and we’ve had pipe leaks (4 spots in one pipe line, a burst pipe in the basement), leak in the oil tank valve, hot water heater broke, fridge broke, AC’s gone out twice, chimney leak, roof leak, rotted siding, rotted window sills, rotted support beam, squirrel infestation, garage doors broke… 4 years of non stop fixing and updating.  I’m still hoping for an end to all this to just enjoy living here.

Post # 5
3682 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Did you not have an inspection done?

Post # 6
9580 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

No home inspection?

Post # 7
437 posts
Helper bee

You didn’t get a home inspection? You trusted her word? Family, friends, or not… I would never trust anybody to be honest with such a big purchase on the line.

With that said, I feel your pain. Our projects are self-inflicted. It’s more of a wouldn’t it be neat if… and then boom before I know it we are living in a construction zone. We just got done taking down a wall and while the end product was totally worth it… we lost our main living areas for three weeks. I couldn’t vacuum for three weeks! It hurt my soul.

Edited to add: A lot of her “updates” are probably not up to code. Expect more crappy work.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  UnderTheSun14.
Post # 8
47212 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

BakerBee16:  Another example of why you need an inspection especially when you are buying from friends or family. People lie.

Post # 9
5954 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

BakerBee16:  Welcome to home ownership! Although I agree, this is a lot in a short amount of time. There’s a trade off to paying less for a mortgage than for rent — you get to fix stuff! But that’s a lot of stuff. So far in 1.5 yrs we have had 2 pipes burst and needed a roof replaced and insulation added after the ice dams ruined an inside wall. Fun fun FUN! I still wouldn’t trade it, though.

Post # 10
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

BakerBee16:  My first thought was also, “why didn’t the inspector catch this?” Did you not have a home inspection conducted prior to closing? 

Post # 11
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

BakerBee16:  Having just bought a place, I hate saying it but this is normal. Ours got a electrical compliance certificate, but it is a joke. No ways it should have, the issues are too numerous to count. When you buy a place there are always things that need fixing that you don’t know baout before. My mom keeps telling me that Rome wasn’t built in a day. We have done all the urgent stuff but now we need to pay that off before we can do the rest.

Post # 13
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

BakerBee16:  What a headache! We are renovating our house, too. So far the worst issue was with the new tub my dad helped us install. I guess he didn’t hook up the drain properly, bcause the first time I tried to use it, there was a cascade of water running down the circuit brekaer box for the whole house- conveniently located in the garage beneath the bathroom 

You’re not alone, and it will get better! The good news is that with these problems popping up now, you are likely to find any other major issues (I’m guessing your Father-In-Law is taking a closer look at the place for you, now).


Post # 14
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel your pain…  Not to the same extent but I get it.  My Darling Husband and I bought our forever home at the end of August and we’ve been renovating since.  I’m also a realtor so of course I’m all for inspections, it’s hard for even a home owner to know everything that’s wrong with their homes.  We had our home inspected by a general inspector, pest control, electrician, plumber and my DH’s company’s Maintenance Area Supervisor and we still got hit with a bunch of hidden problems once we started tearing down walls and moving electrical lines and plumbing.  Though we already expected it, it’s still a hard pill to swallow!!  We are also lucky enough to get to live in my DH’s bachelor pad until our house is ready.  I think we would kill each other if we were in that house with all the work being done.  Another tip is normally in an offer the buyer can opt for the seller to provide an appliance home warranty not to exceed $xxx amount.  It is  generally a couple hundred dollars and is only purchase if the house’s appliances start defecting within a warranted time period.

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