First-time homebuyers under contract for a 60-year-old house-- how serious/expensive are these problems: aluminum wiring, friable asbestos insulation, termites, undisclosed window leak causing water damage? Along with original plumbing and an old HVAC, is this a pretty standard situation that falls under the umbrella of "all houses are going to have some problems, no house is perfect" and is this the kind of stuff they mean when they say you'll be spending 1%-ish of your home value on this kind of stuff every year? Or are these costs and issues on the high side, and this is probably on top of another 1%-ish every year on other repairs and maintenance? Help us put this in perspective!
(We need to decide whether to give the sellers' relocation company the right to cancel our contract by requesting repairs. And we need to figure out what we should fix and how much it'll cost if we go ahead and buy the house without repairs.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs
on Mar 20, 2014 -
Just moved into a rental house. House built circa 1920. Medicine cabinet interior was completely lined with nasty old contact paper. I pulled off most of the paper. Now I'm worried about three things:
1. The paint underneath the paper is flaking. Is there danger of lead poisoning?
2. Black mold in the corner crevices under the paper. What's the best chemical for removal? Bleach solution?
3. What's the easiest cheapest way to get new shelves that will fit?
Any advice or encouragement is appreciated. How do I make this cabinet clean and functional?
I don't like fixing old houses. Unfortunately there is much to do in this old house. The kitchen is a contact paper festival. The rental market is tight here, so landlords don't have to care.
posted by valannc
on Jul 20, 2013 -
Just how bad is this water damage a roofing contractor caused to my house? And what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by BlueJae
on Sep 8, 2012 -
I have to replace a rotted out bathroom window by the shower, but I'm pretty confident that there's a bad mold problem in the shower wall beneath the window. Who should the first call be made to to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo
on Aug 7, 2012 -
My house has an unfinished basement. It's a terrible mess and causing enough problems for my husband's allergies (we think) that it's not even usable right now. What can we do to get it straightened out? [more inside]
posted by ashirys
on Sep 5, 2011 -
What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
posted by Orinda
on Mar 28, 2011 -
We moved into a fairly new apartment. One of the rooms had window & floor water damage (probably due to a window left open by some prior tenant), which has been repaired by management as best as they could, but there is still a mold odor that isn't going away. We're pursuing more repairs, but meanwhile, I'm trying to research other options. I'm specifically wondering if can anyone tell us if they have experience with using room-air cleaners such as this Airfree
system or something by IQAir
. Would one of the devices stand a chance to remove the smell of mold in the room? (And if the answer is yes, do you have experience with a particular unit being better than another?)
posted by StrawberryPie
on Sep 12, 2010 -
Mold -- Is it possible to eliminate mold as part of a home rehab project without hiring an all-out mold professional? Will it be sufficient to remove all the drywall, scrub and bleach the wood behind (or replace anything damaged), and stop the sources of water intrusion? Did you deal with mold as part of a major fixer-upper? [more inside]
posted by slidell
on Apr 19, 2010 -
My family has mold growing on the lower portions of inside of the walls in the central area of our 15-year-old home. We're getting the house sprayed, but the price the contractor gave us seems extremely high. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by silasjones
on May 9, 2007 -
Does my painful chest cough have anything to do with likely exposure to mold during my previous living arrangement? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses
on Apr 29, 2007 -