Have you just purchased a home in the Louisville, Kentucky area or you’re looking to purchase a home subject to the removal of certain conditions related to the upkeep and maintenance of the home? Like any astute home buyer you or your Real Estate agent probably had an inspection completed by a qualified building inspector and they’ve probably come back with a list of items (usually called deficiencies) that should be/will need to be fixed prior to the closing of the sale.
There are a variety of items that we commonly see when completing these lists for our property management clients and the many realtors we frequently work with.
#1. Flooring Repairs and Replacement
If you’re moving into a new-to-you but otherwise used home it’s not uncommon for the flooring to be in rough shape. Usually a Realtor would recommend the homeowner replace the flooring before listing the home on the market but if they haven’t it’s a common issue we are asked to fix. Depending on the type of flooring there are a variety of things we can do. Old carpet is often ripped out and either replaced with new carpet or upgraded to a much nicer, easier to clean flooring material such as a laminate, hardwood or even tile floor.
#2. Window Upgrades and Replacements
Windows are one of the most important upgrades you can do to an older home. New, more energy efficient windows will help keep your home cooler in the summer and will work to keep the heat in during the colder months. If one window needs to be replaced or all the windows in the home need to be replaced the GoodStuff Enterprises team will be able to help. If windows have been poorly installed they might not be doing their job and could lead to higher electric bills and even water damage in your home. If there is a visible gap around the edge of your windows and you can feel a draft or breeze coming through then you’re windows are poorly installed.
#3. Repairing Decks and Patios
Decks often get ignored and with a lack of maintenance begin to show their age. Rotting deck boards, unsafe railings and stairs and weathered and faded wood surfaces don’t help with the curb appeal of your home and they don’t make the space enjoyable for you when the weather is nice enough to enjoy it! If the deck is made of wood there are a variety of ways to make it look new again starting with a good power wash and a fresh coat of stain. If the decking material is beyond repairing, so long as the deck framing is good the decking material on top can be replaced, we call this deck “refacing”. If the actually framing of the deck isn’t in good condition or properly built for the deck you’d like then it can be torn down and rebuilt or the deck can be removed entirely if the budget doesn’t allow for a new one to be constructed.
#4. Repairing or Replacing Gutters
Gutters can take a beating over their years of service and it’s an important part of home maintenance that shouldn’t be overlooked. Repairing broken sections of gutter or broken downspouts are quite common. If the gutters on the home you’re looking at purchasing have been damaged for a long time, then a much closer inspection of the roofing and drainage systems would be a very wise idea for anyone looking to purchase an older home.
#5. Repairing or Replacing Roofing
Roofing is an important issue when purchasing a home. If it’s a new home and it comes with a warranty then you’re probably ok and you should have a great performing roof for many years. If it’s an older home that you are buying and you don’t really know when the roof was replaced last or if it looks like it has been poorly maintained then it’s something you’ll want your home inspector or a local roofing contractor to take a look at. Repairing or replacing missing roof flashing, adding roof ventilation, replacing missing or worn out shingles and making sure gutters and downspouts are secure and channelling the water away from your home as they should are all important things to look for. If the roof is beyond repair then roof replacement is your only option.
#6. Inspecting Attic Insulation and Roof Venting
Many older homes were built with very sound construction methods, they have good bones, but what they don’t have is the benefit of more modern materials such as attic insulation and newer standards when it comes to roof venting. Attic insulation is a quick, cheap and relatively easy way to improve the R-Value (insulation value) of your home without making a large investment, many older homes have attic insulation that doesn’t compare with the modern materials and methods of today so if your buying or listing an older home this is a small but important detail to take into consideration.
You can’t have high performance attic insulation if it’s not allowed to breath and this is where proper roof venting comes into play. Many older homes and even some newer homes are built without proper or adequate ventilation in their attic which can lead to a build up of condensation during the cooler months and can make your home ridiculously hot in the summer months when the sun is beating down on your roof and heating up that giant void in your attic. If that air (hot or cold) can’t escape and pass through the attic to the outside then problems can occur.
Roofing ventilation is something we inspect on any home that is having a roof repaired or replaced because venting can easily be added at the same time as the roofing work.
#7. Handyman Type Repair Tasks (small items)
Show us any older home for sale or that has just been purchased and we’ll be able to come back with a list of items that could be taken care of, upgraded or repaired to bring the home up to “GoodStuff” standards. Maybe you’ve got the list already written and ready-to-go? We can send one of our carpenters to the home to complete all those smaller tasks that build up like drywall repairs, replacing doors, replacing door hardware, cupboard or cabinet repairs and other small tasks.
Home Repair and Handyman Projects We’ll Complete
- Drywall repair and finishing
- Repairing or replacing interior doors
- Repairing or replacing cabinets
- Interior or exterior painting
- Deck repairs and staining
- Power washing
Why Choose Good Stuff Enterprises LLC To Complete Your Home Improvement and Repair Punch Lists?
When you choose to work with GoodStuff Enterprises LLC you are partnering with a small team of professional craftsman who’ve been working with homeowners to improve their homes and buildings since 2006. Our team of tradesman consists of knowledgeable, friendly individuals with many years of combined experience and when it comes to property punch lists for first time or new home buyers there is nobody you’d rather have on your side!
We take job site safety and work site cleanliness as a top priority so you’ll never have to worry about the safety of your family, your pets, your property or belongings or our crew. We’ll do all the worrying, planning and organization of completing your home repair or improvement punch list so you don’t have to!
If you’d like to receive an estimate for the Good Stuff team to complete a list of small home repairs or improvements for your real estate transaction please give us a call (859) 699-4344 or fill out our contact form and someone will be getting right back to you.