Not sure if Trulia is the right place to post this question. You may want to consider looking around for reccomendations for accomplished contractors where the home is located. I've been involved in several old home renovations and each is unique and presents it's own set of challenges. The first step is to find an excellent contractor, who comes reccomended and whose work you can see examples of and show them the house and have them evaluate it it's condition. Depending on what you wish to do you may also need a designer or architect to help prepare plans. Be certain that everyone you work with is licensed, insured and that all the work done is properly permittted so that if at some point in the future you decide to sell, there will be no questions or problems.
I hope you're excited at the prospect of this venture, restoring old homes can be a lot of fun and very rewarding but can also take more time than you might think and cost more than you may imagine if you want it done right.
Geneolgically, I'm Irish as well but seeing how I am a REALTOR in America, I guess I should answer questions from another country. I didn't realize it before I answered...sorry. The laws in real estate are much different here, so don't take my advice at face value. Good luck.... more
I can't imagine a good reason for putting one of my signs in a yard without signing a contract first. If you signed documents with a real estate agent that put a sign in the yard then you may owe the money. Also many contract state that for a certain duration of time after the contract is terminated they may be owed a commission. If you can honestly say that you signed nothing with an agent that put a sign in the yard and that the sign was not the reason your friend knew you were trying to sell your home then you might not owe anything. The best of luck to you.... more