In the past year, I bought my first property, and it was in truly rough condition.
I didn’t have big money to spend, so I found a fixer-upper that suited this budget.
In order to afford the renovations, I handled most of those myself. Since I had never done any remodeling before, I made some major mistakes. I didn’t measure the new windows properly, and they do not fit into the frames. I didn’t accurately calculate the number of tiles I needed for the kitchen floor, so I ran in immediate need of them. One of the biggest problems occurred while I tore down the old plaster rooms and ceilings. I bought myself a crowbar and actually enjoyed ripping down the substantial chunks of plaster. I took the walls down to as small as the bare studs, so I could replace electric wires, look the plumbing pipes and add more insulation. Unfortunately, I was not careful and didn’t realize that there was also a duct system hidden inside walls and ceilings. I appeared to have tore down a whole section of the ductwork by mistake. I recently found that replacing ductwork is not something I am capable of. Because of a damage I caused, I could not operate the furnace or air conditioner. I was forced to hire a professional HVAC contractor to a section of the duct system. This become a much bigger expense than I had anticipated, and slowed my progress down considerably. In conclusion, it turned out to be the good thing, because the HVAC contractor pointed out that the ductwork was in really bad shape. He sealed the joints and the numerous holes in order that the HVAC system would operate more effectively and efficiently.