Moving

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by QY10, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

    So we're in the midst of moving. We are moving to this house, which is a rental.

    The deal is that we get super cheap rent and as long as the landlord supplies the materials, we will do the labour to fix the place up.

    The house is a disaster, but I think it'll be a really fun adventure. I've always wanted to learn how to renovate houses, so what better way to learn than on a house that isn't mine?! We have a close friend who does this for a living that is guiding/mentoring us.

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  2. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

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    The previous tenants tried using particleboard and OSB as subfloor. So, my task today was tearing out the flooring down to the original plywood subfloor.


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  3. QY10

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    Jason and our friend Al gutted the bathroom.


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  4. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Can't wait for updates!!!
     
  5. tmricciuto

    tmricciuto Well-Known Member

    Wow. I can tell you that I hated living through a Reno.


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  6. Max's mom

    Max's mom Well-Known Member

    Please, wear N95 masks and gloves when removing all that stuff. The chemicals, mildew, mold and all things really "old" can cause health problems that you don't find out about until years later. Use shop vac to get all the dust and particals up. Spray bleach solution in suspicious areas to kill off any mold/weird things growing. Good luck! It's hard work Re-building a house.
     
  7. JamieHalverson

    JamieHalverson Well-Known Member

    That type of deal can work out really well! When my family first moved back to WI from the East Coast my parents found a house that was in pretty bad shape, but the owner wanted it repaired. My dad is a home builder, so he did all the work in exchange for rent. I think we lived there for about a year rent free. Good luck!
     
  8. BAMCB

    BAMCB Well-Known Member

    This will be neat to watch. And do wear masks!
     
  9. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

    Yes! We are definitely keeping ourselves safe. :)
     
  10. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I have a good feeling about it. :)
     
  11. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

    I can't wait for the floors and kitchen cabinets to go in. Hopefully tomorrow we will have a partial kitchen! haha
     
  12. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to where I live. It doesn't take much to keep me happy. If there was a toilet and kitchen cupboards, I'd be happy enough to just live in it the way it is, haha. It'll be hectic, but that's life.
     
  13. spearchucker

    spearchucker Well-Known Member

    Have you checked for/removed any mold?
     
  14. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

    Yes. :) There was a lot of mold in the bathroom. Everything was gutted and removed. The leak was found and fixed. :)

    There was also damage to the floor joists, which was all fixed/brand new floor joists. We cut out all of rotten subfloor and replaced it with brand new, too. The last tenant really fucked things up... He let a leak in the fridge go unchecked, which ruined the floors.

    The flooring and subfloor will also be removed from what will be my bedroom. The door the old tenant put in wasn't the right size, so there was a big gap between the bottom of the door and the floor, so water got in and wrecked the floors in there as well.


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  15. teodora

    teodora Well-Known Member

    here we have a pretty big problem with houses that have been trashed by tenants - usually they use them as p labs, so if the house is found to be contaminated it will be demolished (at the landlord's expense of course). If not tested, the new people moving in don't know why they get sick after couple of years. I tested every house we lived in, including the ones I own...
     
  16. Yamizuma

    Yamizuma Well-Known Member

    Looking forward to following your adventure. We've done a ton of renos to our own house, family places, friend's places... Somehow I've ended up living in a perpetual state of projects underway...which will be lovely, when they're done....


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  17. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

    Yikes, that is brutal! :( The back shed (which will be the new chicken coop) was clearly used as a grow-op at one time. Lots of big venting, soil etc... Luckily, that doesn't pose a health risk.
     
  18. QY10

    QY10 Well-Known Member

    I'll be happy once the house is livable. Everything else can be a work in progress and we can slowly work on the more cosmetic things like paint.Lumber was delivered today, so we can put in the new subfloor. My mom also just redid all the flooring in her house and os giving us 600+ sq feet of laminate flooring, so that is a huge help. Also, new doors and frames were delivered. Landlord is picking up kitchen cabinets today and will be ready for installation tomorrow. Yippee! Progress.
     
  19. BAMCB

    BAMCB Well-Known Member

    Make sure you post lots of before/after photos!
     
  20. Yamizuma

    Yamizuma Well-Known Member

    You guys are renovating at light speed compared to us! Awesome! We re-did my brother's Tear'er Down'er (not really a fix'er Up'er) when he was serving overseas with the forces. Found out I have mad drywalling muddling/sanding skills, but that floor tiling is not my strong point. (p.s. Dark wood floors show every hair from every dog...just say nope, nope, nope)


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