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hi2uall 05-14-2012 07:14 PM

Me and the wife think this house has potential buy not really sure. We were thinking of possibly painting this siding and then adding a door in the front of the house. Would we pretty much have to re side the house or can we make this siding look good?



http://m.trulia.com/property/3084069558-1503-W-Main-St-Marshalltown-IA-50158

oldognewtrick 05-14-2012 07:37 PM

Bigger windows, some paint and some shutters. Add some landscaping and a few trees. Just my:2cents:

Dionysia 05-15-2012 12:17 PM

I would not be surprised if you find out there used to be a door centered under that gable.

joecaption 05-16-2012 09:32 AM

Depending on the lay out of the rooms a hallway to get to a new door would eat up a lot of inside space. If there's just a living room behind that area it might work. If you do go with a door order it out opening, left hand, vinyl jambs and brick moulding and adjustable threshold.

Looks like a slab house that was built to close to the ground so the T-111 siding is all rotted at the bottom, no quick, cheap fix.
A rental I own is almost the same size as this house. We cut out the bottom 2' of T-111 replaced it with Advantec Installed an L shaped piece of coil stock along the botton of the sheathing running it up 4" to help keep splashed up water from getting to it. We added tyvek, then a piece of 1 X 6 vinyl lumber along the bottom, a piece of Z moulding, a piece of J moulding then sided the whole house.
We also added a roof over the doorway. It made the house look bigger.
The plan is to also add a walkway which yours would also need so you do not track grass in.
I'll try and post a picture of the before and after tonight.
It came out good enough I could charge more for rent and people I had never met before came by to say how nice it now looks.

Another reality check on old slab houses like that is at some point the supply lines will start leaking if there copper or steel.

qualityatlantaroofing 06-08-2012 08:40 PM

Looks like a fun project. I suggest working on the color of the home first. Eeek that green is horrible. Just my two cents.

CallMeVilla 06-09-2012 11:31 AM

What are the comps in the area? Do you have room between the asking price and the comps to budget for upgrades?

It all depends on what the location can support, yes?

Look carefully for rot. That will have to be replaced . . . look carefully at the back deck and stairs plus the roof.

Evaluate the windows . . . they look old and might be leaky. Replace them then look at the siding.

The siding and the shingles look shot. The shingles have to go. You might consider re-siding the entire house. Rip off the battens and re-side for an immediate upgrade. Paint the fascia.


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