Old Houses 101

First things first. If you own or are considering purchasing an old house, and think remodeling the house is easy and affordable, then buyer beware. Remodeling projects can easily turn into money pits and headaches. Old houses more often than not have uneven floors, leaning walls, drafty windows and doors, outdated electrical systems, worn out plumbing and decaying structural components. Cosmetic remodeling is quick, but rarely solves the underlying problems. As unpleasant as it sounds, gutting an old house is the most efficient method for obtaining a quality product. And in some cases tearing down and rebuilding from scratch is more affordable.

However, before you start Replacing the basement

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