I'm looking into buying a house that was built in the 70s that needs a few large jobs done to it. I had a viewing yesterday and brought a family friend along who has been a builder for 20+ years and he noticed some of the following that needs to be done:
- BER is G rated. House will need whole new heating system, insulation, boiler and windows
- Rewiring, most likely of whole house
- Woodworm visible on outside of garage roof, unsure if it extends to inside of house (will need surveyor to check this out)
- Whole house needs to be plastered
- Cosmetically house is quite old and will need to be updated with carpets taken out etc
From visual inspection he thinks the house roof and build seems very sturdy with no evidence of damp or leaks. The plumbing will need to be checked by surveyor but presumably needs to be done.
The perks of this particular house are that it's in a great location and has great potential for extending in the future.
Just wondering if anyone has had experience of fixer uppers and what your thoughts are?
BER was E, got internal insulation with 75mm warmboard done by a plasterer for 7.5k, this included replastering the entire house. The cost of the 100mm board with companies offer the SEAI grant was around 12k, plus more for plastering the remaining walls,
I got a new combi boiler for 3k, radiators were thankfully new enough.
Windows including removal of a porch and adding a palladio door was around 8k
Wooden floors and carpet 4k for the entire house and after plastering it needed it.
Kitchen, Huge sliderobe wardrobe and a feature wall 10k (All from same carpenter so priced the whole thing together)
A fully renovated property of similar standard went for 60k more but we got to put our own stamp on it.
All of the above was multiple quotes from multiple suppliers and a fair bit of haggling