House #11: Officially Ours

June 24, 2009 · 6 comments

After lots of scrambling to prepare for the growing mold problem at The Sunglasses House, and after threatening the bank with backing out of the deal if they couldn’t get to the closing table this week, we got word the other day that the title problems had been solved, and that we were ready to close. So, as of 2pm today, The Sunglasses House is ours, mold and everything…

Work starts first thing tomorrow (Thursday) morning, with our HVAC guy coming to remove the furnace (it’s ground zero of the mold problem), and then the mold remediators coming in for the rest of the day to clean up that problem. On Friday, we’re bringing in another HVAC contractor to clean the HVAC ducts with an anti-microbial to ensure the mold hasn’t started growing in there, and then some exterior deck and porch work will be completed over the weekend.

Next week will be spent replacing the roof, doing a massive demo of the interior, getting termite and rodent treatments, and moving around some electrical to prepare for the newly designed kitchen and bathrooms. The following week we replace the main water line, replumb the whole house, and taking care of the exterior work — including mostly new siding, gutters, soffits, fascia, trim, and paint. Week 4 will kick off all the interior rebuilding (sheetrock, paint, etc), and hopefully by week 5 we’ll be ready for new cabinetry and finishings. That will leave flooring and finishing touches for week 6.

Hopefully we’ll be done with this project by the end of July, or worst-case, after the first week of August. This is an aggressive schedule, especially with the rough summer heat starting to kick in, but our contractors are motivated to finish this one as quickly as possible, and so are we.

We’ll have more updates (and hopefully some pictures/video) in the next week or two…

6 responses to “House #11: Officially Ours”

  1. Jingle says:

    How did the WSOP go?

  2. J Scott says:

    I got the flu the day after I got there, was in bed for a couple days, played one event and then came home early. Worst WSOP trip EVER!

    But, the one day I was healthy was a lot of fun… 🙂

  3. Lindsey Taylor says:

    Where is this house? Looks like a Cobb County house. Kennesaw?

  4. J Scott says:

    Hey Lindsey –

    Yup, Cobb County…it’s in Austell, near I-20 and Thorton Road.

  5. Bilgefisher says:

    Glad to hear you can finally get your workers on another project. I will be very curious to see what the mold remediation costs in the end. Good luck.

  6. J Scott says:

    Bilge –

    We got a quote for $2600 to do all demo of moldy surfaces, cleaning of all surfaces, treating the entire residence with an anti-microbial, replacing a moldy vapor barrier in the crawl space, and doing 10 hours of “ozonation” with another anti-microbial. We negotiated down to $2000, which is what we’re paying.

    We’re also paying another $400 to clean all the HVAC ducts with an anti-microbial agent.

    So, total extra cost for the mold remediation was $2400, but some of the work that is being done (some demo and replacement of the vapor barrier) overlaps with other stuff we are contracting to do, so there will be a bit of a savings from the other contractors as well.

    Ultimately, it’s costing us about $2000 extra, which is about half of our “surprise” budget for this one. So, hopefully there aren’t too many more surprises!

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