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Dreamer Turned Homeowner Seeks Advice

Postby headlessgummybear » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:06 am

Hi! I am a long-time admirer of old homes, and I always dreamed about owning one- particularly one that has potential but needs a lot of work. Just such a property has fallen into my path, and while there are obvious problems that will need to be addressed (the worst of which is water damage under the Widow's Walk), I'm wondering if y'all have some experience with choosing an old home and if you have any "red flags" that I should look out for. The budget and lifestyle support a new roof and the associated repairs, but not an immediate overhaul. I'm cool with "roughing it" though, so that's okay. The house is an early 1900's Victorian in a rural town in Alabama. Over 3,000 square feet, six bedrooms, three baths, and 2 1/2 acres of land!

Please hit me with some harsh realities and let's see if I can handle it. ;)

Thank you for your time!
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Re: Dreamer Turned Homeowner Seeks Advice

Postby Joel » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:25 pm

Get a book called Renovation by Nash. Very valuable. Having a roof that has kept water out and a good solid structure without serious rot is crucial. Everything else hangs on to it.
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