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Carl Martahus, Home Owner in Pittsburgh, PA

Cost to rehab a 2500sq. ft. home?

Asked by Carl Martahus, Pittsburgh, PA Tue Oct 16, 2012

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This is like asking "How much gasoline do I need to get from here to there?" without telling anyone where here and there is. You need to define a scope of work and get proposals from several legit contractors.
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look at reply to Larry Tollen.
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Without knowing what type of work you're envisioning for the house there's no way anyone can answer this question. Does it need structural upgrades like a new roof, windows, heating and air, foundation work or are you thinking only of the cosmetics such as paint, floor coverings, new kitchen, baths, fixtures. Then there's landscaping.

If you're considering buying a home that needs to be "rehabbed" you should plan on taking several contractors in with you to give you estimates.
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correction. Home is located in Pittsburgh, not New Smyrna Beach FL. Don't know how that got in there.
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The house is a 2 story 4br, 2 full bath, 2 half bath brick house circa 1919 w/slate shingle roof and attached 2 car garage in an Italian Renaissance style. Roof leaks have damaged a number of walls constructed of gypsum/lathe/plaster. It needs some new shingles, all new soffit, facia, gutter and downspouts. Area about garage is accented with 12' painted wood siding that needs replaced. In many other areas there are major cracks in the plaster. The walls are grimey with many layers of paint over a textured plaster. My guess is the interior walls need gutted to studs, leak issues addressed, new plumbing, new wiring. Electric service entrance was upgraded to 200 amp circuit breakers. Crown moulding in all rooms. It needs kitchen sink, counter, appliances. Cherrywood cabinents might be salvageable, new vinyl floor. Each room his leaded glass windows in old steel casements with storm windows. many panes are broken, some windows won't open. Probably best to replace with modern replica. Ditto for french doors leading to porch. 2 AC units need replaced. One handler is in attic for upstairs rooms, the other in basement for downstairs. Master bath needs a complete do over. Other full bath needs new grout, paint, exhaust fan. Home has newer boiler and hot water heat. I'm not fond of the baseboard radiators but they might be too cost prohibitive to replace. Any alternative? Hardwood floor troughout in decent shape, ditto main stair steps. One half bath needs gutted and redone. Basement is damp with mold. Sandstone basement walls seep during hard rain. Half the basement was paneled years ago but needs completely redone. New french drains around half the house where dampness occurs and a basement waterproofing system needs installed. Backyard needs regraded, new sod, new fencing. Area is approx 20' x 50'. 3 large mature trees in need of tree surgeon to remove dead limbs.
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You've posed one of those questions which can only be answered by the proverbial "it depends". You can do a light rehab and spend just $5K or go with the finest finishings and spend $2M or more.
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