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Aug 31, 2013, 11:43 AM
help in boston
help in boston
Im looking into moving my family back into my moms home. In order to do that the house needs a major renovation . My mom has basically taken care of a home on her own for 35 years, needless to say, nothin has been fixed correctly or remodeled. Im doing this to hopefully finally have a home of my own and take care of my mom at same time. There is major work in just about every area. Complete kitchen remodel, whole 2nd floor renovation, the yard is a complete disaster and basement was flooded, to the point FEMA had to take everyone out in boats.
Do any of your shows ever come to the Boston area? Please help!
Aug 31, 2013, 03:34 PM
Not going to happen. You can apply on the DIY home page but the odds of getting on a show are lottery-like long. Nobody from DIY watches this board for potential homeowners.

Start figuring out a budget and shop around for a local contractor.

Aug 31, 2013, 06:08 PM
hopefully you know the high-water point in the basement. everything below that will need to be replaced... furnace, heater, maybe the electrical panel, certainly all outlets/switches etc. if it was finished, you have to replace finished surfaces at least a couple inches above the waterline, and who knows what the rest looks like until you strip that.

the rest has to be cleaned and sanitized before you put any of the new stuff in. you will need a dumpster, and a lot of that stuff is code-covered and needs permits, which usually means contractors.

if there is foundation damage from standing water or turgor pressure from wet soil outside, that comes before any of the pretty goes back in.

you need an on-site professional to eyeball what damages exist, so start calling around for estimates.

flooding (hoovers) and there's no two ways around it. if you are in a flood zone, federal flood insurance will be required if you are going to insure or finance anything.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Aug 31, 2013, 08:54 PM
Does your mother in fact have flood insurance? And is she in a flood zone?

Given that this is your mother's home and you're moving your family back into it, I think the first priority should be what's best for your mother. How old is she? Does she need handicapped accommodations?

She may not care about something like a complete kitchen remodel but may be more interested in accessibility accommodations.

If she's classified as low income, there may be some help through Melrose administration with HUD grants, especially for the critical areas such as safety and hygiene as a result of the flood.