Wednesday, April 12, 2017
This morning found me just meeting the contractor, who brought over a subcontractor for the drywall, to work up a quote. I also had to be there to accept delivery of my new KitchenAid dish washer, and GE gas range, and GE over the range microwave with external exhaust and stove top light. They hauled away the broken D/W and microwave. I recently sold off the electric range for $75.
I noted that the basement was pretty dark, especially when considering that the original owner had some sort of homemade security station down there, and lights that were constantly on all around the perimeter of the home. Many of the ceiling lights of the unfinished basement have fixtures like the one pictured. Missing or burnt out bulbs were the reason for the darkness, as it's a pretty large basement, IMO. I had brought over my small boxes (used for storage) of LED bulbs and another of mixed CFL/regular now outmoded bulbs to the new house. I used many of the CFLs and 2 old style, incandescent bulbs to replenish the lights. The cellar now beams with light. Interesting note is that when one descends to the cellar, there is a landing built into the staircase, and one can turn either right towards the newly installed, steel, insulated door that closes off the hatchway or to the left, towards the mechanical section of the basement, where the electric water heater, furnace, oil tank, water tank etc reside. There are 2 light switches in this area, one for each "side" of the basement. I noted when I shut off the lights upstairs, that one basement light remained on. I returned down cellar and discovered that you have to use a small pull chain to shut that one off. I left a note for the electrician to look into it. The lights should be all simultaneous. Odd-but that's seems to be par for the course here, along with wires just attached together with electrical tape. The owner sure did some very unsafe practices, but they were identified, I knew what I would be getting into.
End result: a totally refurbished home, with all updated mechanicals, so no worries.
The other day, when the energy guy was out, I asked for a ballpark figure on reinsulating the attic, which I know is underinsulated. $3600 plus tax BUT, if I do an energy audit through the state (already have one for June 1) and subsequently do the attic insulation, the $124 audit fee will be returned to me AND the state will reimburse me $1800. NICE!
I've priced out a replacement refrigerator as well as a Speed Queen washer/dryer. Both are on promotion at the local appliance store until the end of the month, by which time, my LOC will be available. Alot of dings in the now 6 year old fridge, and a lot of cracked plastic on the inside. I assume that the wheelchair and walker limited owner often banged into things. I have bought replacement plastic fridge parts in the past-simply exhorbitant in cost. Better thing is to buy new. I'd then most likely sell of the existing washer, dryer and fridge to recoup some of my investment.