We had rented out our house. I was at a conference and my cell went off -the police telling me that they have just conducted a raid of our rented house! Apparently it had been turned into a grow-op!
The police let us know that they had the utilities cut off, destroyed all plants and equipment, taken what they needed for evidence, and then nailed the door shut.
When we got back, we just couldn't believe the amount of damage that had been done in just 6 months - the electrical in the house was destroyed; all the drywall and insulation in the lower level was moisture and mold damaged, and on the main floor, all the hardwood was buckled from moisture. We didn't think it was repairable.
In comes Dan and his team. They gutted the basement back to the studs and floor joists, took up all the flooring, and got rid of everything else that was damaged. The old aluminum wiring was replaced with all new everything and brought up to current code. All remaining surfaces were treated, and then everything was redone.
It was beautiful - better than it had ever been before. We had the inspectors out to verify air quality, etc, had all our permits signed off without so much as a hickup, and in the end, because we didn't dare rent it out again, sold it for about $40,000 more than we paid for it. And the new owners felt like they got a deal.
If it hadn't been for Dan and his team, I don't know what we would have done.
We had been wanting to live downtown for years, close to the water, in a nice neighborhood, etc, but it was just always too far beyond our pocket book.
Finally our realtor found out a 2 story 3 bdrm home in just the right location and in our price range. Problem was, it was a disaster.
The home was at least 100 years old and had the original windows. The front porch was rotten through and not safe enough to walk on. The roof had been done in recent years, but had all kinds of dips and curves where there shouldn't have been any. The foundation was crumbling and something must have hit one of the corners of the house because there was a chunk missing. There was bush grown right to the back of the house so we had no idea what was in the back (turned out to be a fallen down garage among other things).
And then the interior. Knob & Tube wiring throughout. We could tell because it had the original plastered walls that had been water damaged and chunks had fallen away leaving exposed framing and wiring - and no insulation to speak of. No closets. 1 bathroom. Basement stairs were more like a dilapidated ladder, and though the ceiling was high, the cement walls were flaking and bits were falling off. YIKES! Did I mention it smelled so bad, you had to hold your breath to go in the house?
If we hadn't known Dan, we never would have bought it, but because we did, and because we were able to get the right price, we went ahead.
They gutted everything leaving nothing more than the framing, and even that had to be reinforced and the house had to be leveled. The exterior growth was stripped out to reveal a huge yard. The roof was stripped to reveal broken rafters and had to be partially rebuilt The front porch was stripped out and rebuilt. They were able to save the brick and the foundation.
New everything from insulation to framing to windows to drywall to roof to basement stairs. A family room, bedroom, and full bath and laundry were added to the basement. Doors were moved, sliding doors with a huge deck at the back were added. Walls were removed, closets added, gas fireplace installed. Insulation, drywall, paint, bamboo flooring, spectacular upstairs bathroom and closets, and of course, the best of all, the kitchen! Truly a spectacular improvement!
FYI, we sold the house 3 years ago for $250k more than we paid for it after renovation costs.