Tag : Financing

7 years, 7 months ago 0

Week 1 is in the books on our latest project and the objective was to get everything ready for the plumber.  After pulling our building permit, we started by removing the old boiler, radiators and various heating and plumbing pipes.  We removed the two floor furnaces and repaired the subfloor.  We finished tearing out the bathrooms, which the previous owner had already started doing. 

We also made some layout changes which should be completed tomorrow.  We are redesigning the downstairs bathroom so that it will be a true master bathroom and we will be able to fit a separate half bath in this space too.  I definitely feel this will add a tremendous amount of value and convenience for our future buyer.  We have also redesigned one of the upstairs bathrooms, closed off two unneccessary doors, and enlarged one bedroom closet.  On the exterior, we added a gate on the left side of the house and trimmed the trees away from the house on the left side as well.

Lastly, we added attic pull down stairs in the upstairs hallway.  One of the great features of American Foursquare style houses is the huge, open attic.  However, with this house, it was not being used.  The only access was a small scuttle hole in one of the bedroom closets that only a small person could fit through.  We are going to floor the attic space which will give the future buyer a ton of storage space, something this house lacked previously.

I’m looking forward to getting the plumbing and HVAC crews going this week.  Should be fun.

7 years, 7 months ago 0

We just picked up another property today and we are fired up to start the renovations.  Built in 1919, this house is about three times as old as I am but I’m going to give it a new lease on life.  Just about everything needs to be done of course and once we make a few layout changes, there will be five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.  The address is 327 N. McNeil St. and it sits in the Evergreen Historic District of Memphis.  Renovations should take 6-8 weeks so check back often for updates.  Take a look at the video and let me know if you want to see the property.  I got a feeling we will have a lot of interest in this house.

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8 years, 1 month ago 1

The fire damaged house at 7775 Wolf Den is no longer a fire damaged house.  It’s completely put back together and the only way you would ever know there was a fire is by looking in the attic and seeing the roof decking painted white as part of the encapsulation process.  All final inspections have been passed and the house looks great.  We decided to add this property to our rental portfolio instead of selling it.  Not surprisingly, it rented very quickly and we have a tenant moving in a few days from now.  We did a lot of work to this house and it almost feels like new construction when you walk in.  Check out the final walk through video and let us know what you think.  If you want to see what it looked like before, I put the initial walk through video in here as well.

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8 years, 3 months ago 0

We closed on the sale of another awesome renovation.  You know you’ve done a good job when you find a buyer after only five days on the market.  This was one of those houses you fall in love with during the renovation so we definitely wanted to find buyers who would really appreciate the house.  Luckily, we did and they were nice enough to do a testimonial video for us.  Check it out and then watch the video walkthrough and you’ll know exactly why they bought the house.

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8 years, 5 months ago 1

If you are a real estate investor, you may come across a fire damaged house.  What do you do?  Wether it’s a small fire or a large one, many investors will be scared off but if you know how to clean and repair the damage, you will have the courage to buy the property at a rock bottom price.

If you do buy a fire damaged house, your two main concerns will be replacing anything that was damaged and making sure there is no lingering smoke smell after you make your repairs.  I’ve documented the cleaning process with videos and pictures to inform you of the process for getting the house back into livable condition.

Check out these four videos to get an idea of the condition of the property prior to the start of smoke and soot cleaning:

Day 1

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After interviewing three fire damage cleaning crews, I chose a company called PuroClean, which I had previously used to clean mold on another rehab.  Day 1 was all about prep work.  They removed cabinets, removed all the sheetrock nails in the studs and tested different cleaning materials on different surfaces to determine the best cleaning strategy. 

To sum up the desired strategy for cleaning a fire damaged house: remove all the loose soot, ash and debris from every surface in the house, then encapsulate every square inch of the house with special paint to trap in the smoke smell.  The biggest problem is that smoke, like mold, can be anywhere.  It can penetrate every nook and cranny in the house and it can get behind walls and in the insulation.  That’s what makes the clean up process so difficult.

Living Room Picture

Master Bathroom Tub

We replaced the burnt wood with new on the left.  Pretty easy to tell what we replaced and what we kept.

Check out the smoke on the walls behind where the cabinets were in the kitchen.  This is why you have to take them down.  Otherwise, there is now way to clean and encapsulate it.

 

Day 2

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The second day was really the first day of actual cleaning.  Some of the ceiling joists were scrubed down using a combination of special dry sponges and wire brushes.  The bathrooms cleaned up pretty well, especially the tubs and toilets.  Plastic was laid out over the attic floor in preperation for blasting the roof decking with sodium bicarbonate.  This process is almost like sandblasting or pressure washing.  It works really well on plywood like surfaces as well as surfaces that have a lot of nails you can’t remove, like roof decking.

We tried to save the cabinets but had to remove them.  The finish was blistered and the particle board was falling apart.

The master bath tub cleaned up very well.

Plastic laid down in attic in preperation of blasting the decking with sodium bicarbonate.

 

Day 3

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The third day showed major improvement.  Blasting the decking and wood with sodium bicarbonate really was an effective method to remove soot and ash but it sure is a messy job.  That stuff gets everywhere but the results speak for themselves.  They got most of the house done in one day.

A 50 pound bag of sodium bicarbonate

 

Day 4

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The sodium bicarbonate blasting was finished on this day and then the clean up began.  As I said previously, that stuff gets everywhere and it has a sand like texture.  Anyone who has ever tracked sand into their house knows how difficult it can be to get it all cleaned up so I definitely felt sorry for the guys on this one.  The clean up took most of the day and went into Day 5.

The machine used to blast the sodium bicarbonate.

Here is a picture of the rafters and decking after being blasted with sodium bicarbonate.  Compare this picture to the one shown in Day 1.  Huge difference.

The plastic laid down on the attic floor was used to catch the sodium bicarbonate.  This made the clean up much easier.

 

Day 5

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The last of the sodium bicarbonate was cleaned up and the encapsulation was begun.  Encapsulation is the process of spraying everything with odor blocking paint to trap or encapsulate the smoke smell. 

Upstairs bedroom after encapsulation.

One of the multiple products used for the encapsulation.

 

Day 6

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More encapsulation work was done today.  By the end of the day, the interior of the house looked like a “white palace”.

Compare the living room picture after clean up to the Day 1 picture.

The bathrooms cleaned up very well but now I don’t like the tile.  Just might change it out.

Kitchen after clean up.  Compare to Day 1 picture.

 

Day 7

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The last day of the project was mostly a day for touch ups and final cleaning.  Windows were wiped down, trash was hauled off and extra materials were loaded up.  Now that its all finished, we can now put the place back together starting with HVAC work, rough plumbing and electrical.

Attic picture after encapsulation.

Another attic picture after encapsulation

 

Summary

Cleaning a fire damaged house doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming.  The most important thing to remember is that once you go to the expense of putting the house back together, it cannot smell like smoke.  If there is any doubt that something won’t clean up, then replace it.  In fact, your local building code will dictate when burnt wood framing needs to be replaced.  Whatever you don’t replace, make sure it gets cleaned and encapsulated.  After that, it’s just a standard renovation.  Good luck!

Mark Anderson

Lucky A Properties

8 years, 5 months ago 0

Mark Anderson gives you an update on the progress being made on the exterior at the Holmes Circle house.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdgrJfrDj08]

8 years, 6 months ago 0

Check out the video for a quick look at the progress we are making on 421 Holmes Circle.

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8 years, 8 months ago 0

Mark Anderson is back with another update of the renovation project at 421 Holmes Circle in Memphis, TN.  Major progress has been made since the last update so check it out!

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8 years, 8 months ago 0

Check out the quick video to see another quality renovation by Lucky A Properties.  This was mostly a cosmetic rehab and the property at 3078 Altruria is now for sale.

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8 years, 8 months ago 0

When we bought this property at 421 Holmes Circle, half the house was down to the studs after a failed remodel.  The first thing we did was even more demo work.  Check out the video.  The house may look like a disaster area but we’ve got it under control.

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