Help with Major Decision Re: Structural work
I am hoping to get some input on a decision I need to make in about 72 hours. We are looking to buy an old (~1830) house in MA and have recently found out that the house will require major work - specifically replacment of the mud sill all around. We are being told that this may cost in excess of $40k.
I was wondering if anyone out there has had this renovation done to their house? If so, how long does it take? is it live-able during the fix? does $40k sound reasonable? It is a 2000 sq foot former-tavern.
Any advice, questions, and or comments would be much appreciated!
Re: Help with Major Decision Re: Structural work
I'm sure it depends on the condition of the rest of the structure, but the only way I can think of to replace a mudsill is to jack up the house, yank the old one out, and slide a new one in. I'm no expert on the matter of house jacking, but $40K doesn't sound like a bad price at all considering the work involved.
Is it liveable? First instinct says yes. Any lifting work would be temporary and [I]should[/I] be well enough braced that you could walk on the floor above. That being said, I wouldn't have any huge parties while the work is being done. The contractor should be able to give you a very good idea of what to expect, as this kind of work requires a good deal of experience, not something your average one-man carpenter operation would be doing.