Closed on a home that’s in less than stellar condition. The sellers purchased it in 2014 and haven’t done much to it besides a new energy efficient heating system (which is definitely nothing to turn your nose up at.) There were quite a few major repairs that need to be done and I’m not quite sure how to prioritize. We managed to negotiate 12k toward repairs plus our own cash reserves totaling about 20k. I will be painting the entire house interior. It is 1728 sq ft, 4b2ba with a decent sized yard and one car gravel drive way. Keep in mind the house is livable, just very dated.
The inspector deemed the roof end of life, but the roofer I sent up for a quote told me there were a few years left. After a week of rain, the attic was completely dry during inspection. The electric is run on a fuse box. I am planning to have this replaced with circuit breakers immediately. The AC is in need of servicing and a new aircon unit. I figured I could do this in the spring. The oven and dishwashers are very dated and possibly not in working order. The lighting mechanism to the gas stove no longer works. Carpet in the entire second floor needs replaced. Thinking of laminate in hallway and carpet in bedrooms. Kitchen countertops need refinished or replaced. Siding is old and at the very least needs power washed, ideally replaced.
I’ve been thinking I’d start with the upstairs carpet, electric and save the rest for easy cosmetic updates like painting and refinishing the countertops and the AC in the spring. I figure if the roof isn’t urgent, I can wait a year or two. But I’m not sure who to trust, the roofer or the inspector. How would you prioritize repairs?