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"This Old Mold House"

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Blog series by Dusty updated 01-01-2008 03:05 PM 9 parts 18856 reads 134 comments total

Part 1: Cheese anyone?

09-30-2007 01:48 PM by Dusty | 21 comments »

You would think I should know better by now. In truth I do. I admit it. I guess it really doesn’t matter, there is just something about woodworkers, craftsman, and those of us who spend inordinate amounts of time in dusty, cramped, often hot or cold environments which we proudly show off as our kingdoms or domains which we call our “shops”. Oh did I mention the lighting in that makes you think your headed for early blindness. That said, up fro...

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Part 2: MIA UPDATE... Let the project begin..............

10-28-2007 03:27 PM by Dusty | 10 comments »

After 24 grueling days full of challenges “This Old Mold House is complete and closed Friday October 26 2007. The new owner took possession of his new house and is busy moving in to his new home. I have just returned from a 5 day hunting trip out west and will soon began writing the story of “This Old Mold House”. I think it is a story worth telling. You will have to decide for yourself. As always I found out how little I know, how inept I am, how ...

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Part 3: Lets make a deal....on this "old Mold House", was her wish

11-07-2007 04:16 AM by Dusty | 9 comments »

Someone once said, ‘If you do what you love and is your passion you will never have to work a day in your life’. They lied. I knew this new project with “This Old Mold House” was not only going to be hard work, time-wise it would be a grueling challenge with my schedule. I also had no idea how bad the mold was going to be or to what extent would be the abatement process. As I was loading my wagon with my tools I couldn’t help but review how I had arrived at this point of beginning...

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Part 4: Confession: I am the Idiot for which your village is looking!

11-17-2007 01:59 PM by Dusty | 23 comments »

If there is one thing that I have learned well about home remodeling it is that the initial planning stage of the project is the most important. This includes detailed estimates, budgets, schedules, scope of work, financing, and cost-overrun contingency plans. So many projects fail because this step is either done incorrectly or is done in denial; what I call “the dream state”. So often, once you decide to do a remodeling project and move on to the next stage, the brain goes into a hyp...

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Part 5: Hind sight is genius ! My crystal ball...

11-22-2007 06:10 PM by Dusty | 13 comments »

Of course, hindsight is genius. Duh. Let me take a minute to gloat. It was July 20 2006, when I first took a weekend and worked up plans, bids and did a comprehensive analysis of “This Old Mold House” and a possible offer. After extensive work I met with the owner’s son-in-law to present my findings and conclusions. I worked very hard to make the numbers work. That is, I really wanted to buy the house for remodeling and resale. However, because I didn’t have a ready buy...

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Part 6: Deal or no deal ?

12-02-2007 04:47 AM by Dusty | 10 comments »

Although I had spent a weekend doing an assessment, evaluation, preparing a bid and possible offer, I never heard a word from anyone connected with the house that Not a peep. I left the presentation open ended, though I never really put in a formal offer. I didn’t have a buyer at the time and I felt the market was unfavorable. I wasn’t really looking for any work. Because the mother-in-law was very familiar with my work, I was asked by the sellers if I might be interested in buyi...

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Part 7: Making a deal on a house full of mold…what’s up with that?

12-09-2007 04:51 PM by Dusty | 12 comments »

Most people I know who are contemplating a home purchase, hire a licensed inspector to analyze the house in great detail and prepare a report for them so they can make an informed decision. I take an entirely different approach. If it’s not an old crack house, ready for condemnation, full of mold, falling down, in need of desperate repairs or a bull dozer, then I’m not interested in buying it anyway. I wouldn’t know what to do with a house that wasn’t sorely in need of wo...

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Part 8: We have a deal !

12-23-2007 04:51 PM by Dusty | 17 comments »

My buddy knew the deal for the house was a good one and never hesitated when deciding to put an offer in on the house. He did just that. I wrote the offer up along with the contract for doing all the demolition, construction and remodeling work. The documents were clear, and concise in addition to being easy to understand. I called the owner’s son-in-law to inform him that the purchase agreement would be sent overnight in the mail. I asked him to get back to me as soon as pos...

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Part 9: The first "surprise" arrives...Let the work began

01-01-2008 03:05 PM by Dusty | 19 comments »

After demolishing the basement and cleaning it out, I had a chance to assess the real condition of the plumbing, electrical, heating, and various other parts of the house. Not good! I confirmed pretty much what I expected and that for which I had planned, and budgeted. This included breaking up the floor and replacing all the floor drains and pipe, the plumbing needed to be redone. The electrical wiring was in dire shape. The heating plant (hot water hea...

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