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05-05-07, 10:40 AM   #1  
water damaged floors and ceiling

me and my fiance are about to purchase a house built in the 1900's, it has been vacant for about 3 yrs now, the owner said there was a small hole in the roof which had caused all sorts of water damage to where parts of the ceiling are falling through and as well the floor below it, i was wondering if there was an easy way that we could fix it ourselves so we didn't have to to spend alot of money on a contractor, and if so what would be the best way to go about doing this to make sure the floors are sturdy, i have looked up about how to replace the ceiling ( of course fix the leak, then remove the damaged(wet) insulation, remove damaged drywall, clean any exposed wood, allow time to dry throughly then install new drywall) is that all that needs to be done with that as well or is there more? thanks for any comments or suggestions in advance,,

 
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05-05-07, 11:06 AM   #2  
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The OWNER said it was a SMALL leak that caused all the damage? - Possibly more to it than that. If was a RECENT small leak, he would have fixed it.

If you have not purchased the house, have at least a home inspectory look at the house. A structural engineer would be better if you have any concerns about whether it is worth repairing. Do not have a contractor since he can be selling a job, where the professionals are not permitted to contract on the home. Also, since there may be mold after 3 years have a professional look at that and not a firm that inspects and also does mold remediation.

After you know what the condition of the house is, you can offer accordingly and procede. If the owner objects to an inspection, walk away.

Dick

 
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05-05-07, 03:24 PM   #3  
well he's actually the real estate person selling it not the owner, but supposibly the house has been leaking for some time now, and the owner bought it to fix it up but never fixed it because he is real ill and is in a wheelchair cause of his illness and has to sell, so im not for sure if there is more to it now or if its just what he said.

 
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05-05-07, 03:33 PM   #4  
As Dick said you NEED to have a knowledgeable person inspect the damage! While you might be lucky and have mostly cosmetic damage it could very well be an extensive, espensive fix. Often when there is water damage, insect damage follows You need to know what you are getting into BEFORE you sign the papers!


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05-05-07, 03:41 PM   #5  
ye true thank u for your posts,,

 
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