In 2019 we hired a structural engineer to survey the house with the objective of identifying risks to its very existence. Sadly, but not surprisingly, risks were identified in three areas: Foundation and floor supports, roof and siding. Correcting all of these deficiencies could cost between $70,000 and $100,000. The foundation and floor are most costly, but represent a situation that has existed for a long time. The roof is not only a matter of replacing the asphalt shingles, but shoring up some of the supports that could actually collapse in the event of a heavy snow load. Least costly and threatening but still important, is replacement of the clapboard siding on one or two sides of the house. The wood is so old and deteriorated that it refuses to hold paint for more than 2-3 years and mildew keeps reappearing. The ongoing cost of frequent repainting has been a burden on our treasury for years, so this repair will pay for itself over ten or so years.
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