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cjhanni



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:50 pm    Post subject: Warped Roof Reply with quote

Hi All-

I have the opportunity (once in a lifetime) to buy a pre-rev war house, but I' afraid of it being too much of a money pit. I'll post a separate issue with the foundation/flooring elsewhere, but one of my main concerns is a badly warped roof.

I will attach pictures showing the exterior of the roof (which will likely not accurately demonstrate the degree of warp) as well as the underside to demonstrate the construction.

I'm fairly close to the NY metro area. Anyone have any idea as to how much this might cost to remediate? I'm not sure if this is a $10000 job or a $50000 job (or worse!) Who needs to assess this prior to purchase? An engineer I assume?

This property is going to ultimately be sold to someone who will tear this place down and put up a McMansion. If I can save it without being financially ruined, I'd love the chance...

Many thanks!



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cjhanni



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:52 pm    Post subject: Underside of roof Reply with quote

Here's the underside of the roof to show the structure...


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waxahatchie



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you say 'pre-war,' but WHICH war???
those rafters appear to have axe marks on them!
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waxahatchie



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

never mind - upon re-reading, i saw the "pre-rev" part.

is this sagging roof on the same side of the house as the sagging floor pics?
if so, the rafters likely failed because the wall below them is failing. and if that basement pic is below that floor, well................
the house is structurally unsound, BUT you can fix it: get an engineer, and then read 'old houses' by nash and see if you are up to the job the engineer recommends.
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