I thought I could save a lot of money by getting an old house that simply needed some work.
I’m no handyman, but I know my way around traditional power tools and used to help my dad with side work when he wasn’t busy building houses for his trade union.
My goal for years was to find an old house for a bargain so I could do all of the necessary work myself to get it livable again. Unfortunately, I bit off a lot more than I can chew with the old house I recently bought. There were plumbing issues from day one and I had to call an emergency plumbing service to clear out the air vents for the pipes to drain properly. I found cracks in the foundation that had to be sealed before the county inspector would approve the house for living. The windows inside are low quality as well. They’re the old crank windows that are popular in homes built before the 1980s, especially in warmer climates. These windows are supposed to look nice from the outside, but they leak more than most realize. You also can’t use window air conditioners or portable air conditioners in crank windows. There is no opening that you can slide the vent into with a portable air conditioner, and clearly there isn’t a large enough section for a window air conditioner. I was hoping to use one in a spare bedroom and turn it into a home office, but I’m not sure about that plan now. I might have no choice but to get a ductless mini split for that room.