Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Work At Dad's House

Dad has been out of his house for a little over 2 weeks now. My sister Catherine, her husband Scott, Wilma, and I have been extra busy getting the house ready to put on the market.

I first phoned a friend of ours that is in real estate. She met me at the house and gave me some pointers as what we need to do to make the home qualified to be able to sell under an FHA or VA mortgage. First was the electrical panel. It had to be replaced with a new 100 Amp. circuit breaker box. Scott knew a licensed electrician that would be able to bring the electrical up to code. He spent most of the day, June 14th. doing just that.
He didn't have with him the plates needed to complete the job so I will be going to Home Depot in a few days to purchase the needed plates. It's great to have the house brought up from 1960 electrical code to modern day electrical code.

Next was the basement wall. It has been moving inward now for several years. Dad even commented to me last year that he heard the house make a "boom" noise. He seemed to think it was the basement wall moving, and it probably was. Along with getting the basement wall repaired, the driveway cement needs to be replaced.
My realtor said I could just add a patching compound to "ramp" all the joints that have heaved. It would "look bad" but would pass inspection.
As I don't want anything standing in the way of a sale, I have decided, with the help of Scott, that the entire drive will be replaced along with the porch.
We won't stop there as the garage needs some tuck pointing done. I guess 57 long years will show signs of aging on cement and mortar just like it does on us humans.

I should be contacted today by the contractor we have chosen to do the repair work. We will be putting a deposit of $300 down to start the process of getting the permits and scheduling done. Then when a start date has been assigned, a deposit for half the total amount will be needed. I'm getting anxious and want this job completed ASAP.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.