The pain and joy of home renovations

posted 11 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

The joys of home ownership at its finest! I’m sorry to hear this, Bee; I can’t imagine how discouraging that is. Maybe you guys can get this place fixed up a little more and consider moving to a smaller or newer home that could be more reliable for the foreseeable future? I know it’s not easy to sell a house, though. :/ 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Busted pipes have been the bane of our existence in our home. I feel your pain!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Mrs.MilitaryBee :  how old is the home?

the fixer-upper that we bought last year was built in 1951. In order to avoid any plumbing issues we pulled out ALL of the piping and had it all replaced. This one was completely gutted, so a relatively simple job for a plumber. 

I have also had a house re-piped where we didn’t gut it. It took about a week and the plumber and drywall guy did an amazing job. You would never know that about 100 holes were cut in to the drywall. It wasn’t all that expensive when I consider that leaking or burst pipes were inevitable at some point in the future. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Jeez bee I would be overwhelmed with all of this. Sending good vibes your way that nothing else will go wrong!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Ugh, I absolutely know what you are talking about. The home we live in is over 100 years old, and was originally built without running water. When things were added on (like bathrooms), they were generally done by a friend of a friend – often someone without any formal training. So nothing in the home is level or up to code (oh, and there is asbestos tile). One headache after another. Unfortunately, our home is a family home and won’t be sold.

There is a GIANT home near us (a rural area) that is just beautiful, but it has been sold about 8 times in the last 20 year years. However, it hasn’t been on the market for at least 4 years now. Dh and I figure that it was so old and needed so many repairs that new owners were overwhelmed. It is likely that each owner did at least one major project before giving up, and finally the latest owners are the beneficiaries of all that work (although I’m sure the price they paid reflected the increased value)!

Good luck, and I don’t blame you for looking to move when the children move out. A large home can easily be a money pit, even in relatively good condition. I hope that not too much more goes wrong before you sell!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Hang in there, Bee! Hubby and I just bought our first home, and the first thing we did before even moving in was have all the galvanized plumbing ripped out and replaced with PEX. It was a pain in the butt and got super expensive when tile started coming out in the main bathroom, so we had to quickly install a small shower in the half bath because the main bath would be too expensive to renovate at the moment. But we did it just so we wouldn’t have to deal with busted pipes! I’m so sorry! Water damage is the worst, and we lived with it in our last rental. 

Those home reno shows always make it look easier than it is… 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

Ugh….we bought a fixer upper and completely gutted it. Floors, walls, ceilings, electric, all of it replaced and redone. All the trim and doors were new, replaced the windows. I mean, basically a new house. We hired contractors for the hard stuff but most of it was done by us or my dad. It took a full YEAR of me living with my parents for us to finally move in. 

Never ever again. It was beautiful when we finished, but this whole post gives me anxiety just thinking about it. Lol! 

We eventually sold it for a hefty profit, but I told my daughter once she moves out hubby and I are living in a park model or something with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. Less headache and less to clean! 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

Mrs.MilitaryBee :  We just moved out of our 5th wheel! Lol. Lived in it for about 15 months. We’re in a house now but I kinda miss it sometimes. 

Wanna buy it? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We’re doing a small renovation too. I came home to Darling Husband cutting the kitchen and family room off. The joys of being married to a general contractor! 

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