I'm really worried about that barn beam. I'm going to try and track down an Amish barn inspector team and see what they think. If the stone walls are bowing, I think that's a type 1 issue.
Obviously I'll also be getting a full regular inspection done of the whole place, and will be contracting with a realtor to assist with that stuff as well.
The old lady who used to own the place passed away and the house is an estate sale. My real concern is that there's no property history or buyers statement. I'm not too worried about this, but wanted to see what folks thought.
It's expensive. The thing is at the upper end of our budget, but well under what most calculators say I can afford. I've redone the number with taking my wife's income out of the equation and we can still handle it, but if I lost my job it would be rough. I'm not too worried about that, but if it happened while we were doing the renovations I'd have to rely on a home equity loan which I'd rather avoid if possible.
It does need work. Not a full gut and remodel, but a good amount of work none-the-less. It's livable as is, which is a big plus, but the things that need work, off the top of my head, are: Kitchen rip and remodel, 3x bathroom remodels, full paint job interior, external stone sealer, possibly move staircase, ideally convert from oil to propane, redo barn siding in non-stone areas, rebuild roof on carriage house...
t's very overgrown. There's a lot of general cleanup work on the property, but that's not a big deal. Wondering if I should try and do some clearing to look at anything in particular?
August Hurtel wrote:The pictures are lovely. It may be worthwhile to look at the business side of things a little harder; the part about it being in PA worries me, because I have heard taxes can be high, and the regulatory costs to making it a productive farm/b&b.
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Hello Derek,
Well it looks like a beautiful place with much potential...
I am, among other things, an Old Order Amish train Barnwright/Timberwright, and I specialize in Historical restoration work, inclusive of my many other interest...
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