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Ancient Abandoned House Renovation: How I Did It

If you’re looking to renovate an abandoned house, the first thing you’ll need to do is buy it from the current owner.

Before deciding to buy it, though, you should take some time to inspect the property and make sure that it’s up to your standards and expectations.

This abandoned house renovation guide will give you an overview of what kinds of work may be involved, as well as how much you can expect to pay in both materials and labor costs.

Now, the only major thing left to do is re-paint the interior and exterior of the house. Even though I could hire someone to do this job, I decided to do it myself.

Not only will I save some money but I’ll also have the satisfaction of doing it myself as well as the fun experience of renovating my home from top to bottom!

While this can be more difficult than buying and selling, it has a lot of potential benefits as well, and I’m going to show you how I did it with my current home.

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One of the best ways to build personal wealth is by renovating abandoned houses.

If you have some basic construction skills and can handle the risk that comes with buying and flipping homes, you may be able to make some great money from this simple renovation process.

Here’s how I renovated an ancient abandoned house and made some real money in the process!

Starting from Scratch

The main road to renovating an ancient, abandoned house is through demolition.

It’s usually best to start on a clean slate by taking down all of walls, ceilings and anything else that might be preventing you from seeing what kind of shape your future home is really in.

And if you’re going to be replacing all those walls anyway, give yourself an incentive to work faster and incorporate recycled materials into your renovation efforts by volunteering with your local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Just promise us you won’t do anything crazy like put a refrigerator box inside one of those walls (seriously, some people have done that.)

The Grand Reveal

Once you’ve made it through demolition, gutting, and construction, there’s one more thing to deal with before your renovation is complete moving in.

Before settling into your newly renovated abode, make sure to inspect every nook and cranny for safety hazards.

Safety isn’t something that should be overlooked after a renovation; if anything goes wrong (and eventually it will), you want to be sure it won’t cause serious damage or injury.

Hire a Professional

A major renovation is a huge undertaking, and when you’re doing it on your own, it’s easy to lose track of where you are in a project or how much work still needs to be done.

But if you want things done right (and in a timely manner), it’s important to bring in experts who know how to renovate homes like yours.

So while we had big plans for our renovation, we knew that paying extra now would lead to less headache down the road.

We hired an architect and plumber early on, which helped us get clear on what we wanted out of our home and helped prevent any unforeseen complications during construction.

Choosing Paint Colors

Most of us have experienced a small piece of our home breaking or malfunctioning and know how time-consuming it can be to find that one part to fix it.

From there, you usually have to call an expert out to repair it. It's not so easy when you're trying to take care of an entire property, but there are some common repairs that you can do yourself.

If you're going to try making your own repairs at home, here are a few tips for getting started.

Choosing Flooring

When choosing a flooring material for your home’s renovation, you have a lot of options.

The most popular choices are carpet, laminate and hardwood floors.

When considering different types of flooring, you should think about budget and durability.

For example, is your home in an area prone to flooding? This can affect your choice of materials as well. Think about how traffic will impact your renovation.

Do you have pets or children? Consider furniture placement when making decisions about renovating rooms in your home.

Your living room may be better suited for hardwood if there are already two sofas in that room, for example.

Making Quick Repairs

It’s a good idea to make quick, easy repairs on a home before doing something major. Sometimes it can be more cost-effective to do patchwork than gutting and remodeling.

Use paint instead of replacing flooring; patch damaged drywall, not replace it; replace small broken items like door handles and light fixtures instead of buying new ones. This can save you both time and money.

Contractor Application & Timelines

It’s time to contact your favorite local contractors and find out if they can start on your renovation project as soon as possible.

You may also want to speak with multiple contractors so you can compare their prices and services. Give them a list of jobs and a timeline so they know what needs to be done, but don’t give anyone all of your project details right away you never know who is looking through your trash or monitoring social media accounts! 

Make sure they sign an agreement with you saying they will not divulge any secrets about your renovation or share information with others.

Finding an Affordable Contractor

Finding a contractor you trust is invaluable, as they’ll be handling your project from start to finish. Ask around to find contractors in your area who have good reputations and stay away from those that make you feel uncomfortable for any reason (I had one contractor tell me he liked me because my dad didn’t come with me on a job site visit, which really creeped me out).

It's also important to establish goals from day one do you want to restore an old house or tear it down and build something new? Do you want as much historical character saved as possible or are you okay with demolition? These decisions affect everything else about your renovation.

DIY Projects on a Budget

One of my first renovation projects was in our old home. The bathroom that connected to our son’s bedroom was small and could not be accessed from his room due to a wall that we put up.

As he got older, we decided it was time to tear down the wall and renovate his bathroom, allowing him to access it from his bedroom.

Of course, as a DIY project for a family on a budget (which is pretty much every family out there), we did as much work as possible ourselves so that we didn’t spend too much money on outside contractors.

What You Need to Know About Certificates of Occupancy

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Many people assume that if a building or home is standing, it must be safe to live in.

That’s why tens of thousands of unsafe structures are inhabited and maintained every year, often with devastating consequences.

Older homes built before modern codes existed often don’t have enough structural integrity to remain safe over time; however, if such homes are in otherwise good condition, they can be renovated rather than torn down.

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