House #20: Preliminary Budget

November 19, 2010 · 2 comments

We’re hoping to close on The Lake House the week after Thanksgiving…

Here’s the preliminary budget that I’ve put together:

Preliminary Budget

The goal is to keep this one below $12,500, which seems reasonable assuming there are no surprises. Unfortunately, it’s these small rehabs that tend to have the most surprises, and even small overages can blow the small budget.

We’ve already had one little set-back — it appears another investor was in the house after we put it under contract, and he busted a hole in the good parquet floor. I’m guessing he was (incorrectly) doing a termite check, and the busted floor was an accident. Regardless, we’ll now need to get the floor fixed. Luckily, our hardwood guy thinks he can match it and repair it pretty easily.

2 responses to “House #20: Preliminary Budget”

  1. Luis says:

    $750 for termite treatment sounds high. Are there repairs that need to be made?

    It’s funny that your budget on this house is almost identical to the last house I rehabbed (see link if interested) which is now, thankfully, under contract. It feels weird to call such a small budget a rehab but it’s kind of nice to be in and out of a house quickly and with little work.

  2. J Scott says:

    Luis –

    The $750 is rounded up…the quoted number is $720, but I like to be conservative. This doesn’t include any repairs and is pretty standard for what I pay with this company. They are a bit more expensive than some of the other companies I’ve spoken with, but I’ve been using these guys for two years, they are fantastic to deal with, they do all my termite, rodent, bug stuff (both personal and business), etc.

    So, I’m willing to pay a little extra to keep using them…

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