- Home Improvement sans grunting
- May 28th, 2009
This is probably going to be tl;dr for most of you…
For those of you who didn't know, I own an older home. Since I've lived in the home for the last 6 years, I've remodeled the bathroom to include a shower, remodeled a bedroom, had the 40 Amp electrical service brought up to code with a 100 Amp breaker box, had the heating system boiler replaced, and had the roof replaced. Unfortunately, I'm not done with the major projects. This summer, I have a few major ones I'd like to complete.
1. The Garage - My garage has a roof that it almost flat, and as a result it leaks water horribly and is now on the verge of collapse. My plan is to tear it down and have a shed instead. It seems like my step father and one of his buddies may be able to help me with this, since I only have a vague idea of where to start. I may still need help from friends to clean the area up.
2. The Fence - Tearing down the garage will leave a portion of the backyard exposed and more fence will need to be purchased and installed. I also need to repair the existing, wood, 6-foot privacy fence in several areas. This project has the highest possibility of me actually being able to complete without having to hire anyone. There is a company near my home that sells the materials needed, but I do not have the capability to move 8-foot by 6-foot fence pieces and the posts to hold them.
3. Painting/Siding the House, Insulating - The house's current paint is peeling in numerous places and, in general, looks shitty, The house either needs to be painted, or it needs to have vinyl siding installed. While I could potentially get people together to help me scrape and power-wash and then primer and paint the house, the amount of equipment I'd have to rent or buy plus the cost of the necessary amount of oil-based exterior house paint means that this project will still cost a substantial amount of money. The alternative is to have a contractor paint it or add siding. Adding vinyl siding would increase the resale value of the home. Also, if I am going to do either of these projects, I will want to have cellulose pumped into the wall cavities. This is an improvement that will pay for itself quickly, especially since there are government tax credits for energy saving improvements right now. However, it will require a contractor, due to the special equipment needed to pump the insulation into the walls.
I guess, what I'm asking for is help. Has anyone (or know someone who has) had to have these services performed in the Toledo area? I was going to use Angie's list, but it costs money to get access to their reviews... I looked at the Better Business Bureau a bit, but it's really only a starting point. Anyone want/able to help me with the fence or possible painting of the house?
Maybe I should send a letter to one of those home improvement shows and they can come to my house and do it all for me...