Two Weeks And Two Days
April 20, 2017 9:10am CST
My excitement is starting to build. We are down to two weeks and two days and then we're off on another adventure to work on our home in West Virginia. For those of you who don't know my daddy was in the Air Force. When I was a child we were stationed in West Virginia on a special assignment for five years. My daddy worked with the Civil Air Patrol there and did search and rescue when planes crashed in the mountains. My parents sold their home there in 1975 when he got stationed in Germany. I never forgot my West Virginia home and remained in touch with many of my friends. In 2003 my husband bought the home for me. It was the best gift in the world. The house was built in 1906 and was so full of memories from my childhood. It was also in great need of repair. For now we live in Mississippi and go up to West Virginia as often as we can to renovate our home. This time around we are having a sump pump and drainage system put in the basement . The downstairs is partially underground and can get damp after 111 years. We plan to move into it one day. I hope within the next decade. We have really enjoyed fixing it up. Do you enjoy working on your home ? Are any of you familiar with sump pumps ? I wonder if it will jump our electric bill. They say it's not on enough to make much of a difference. The photograph is of the back of the house.
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Thats a beautiful old house, you are very lucky your husband bought it for you. I think the sump pump would only be made to run so long as water accumulates and would be there on stand by. Ask the contractors how to re water proof the basement after it had been sucked dry.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
We had a sump pump in the home we owned back when my kids were little. I don't think it made a difference in the electric bill since it only ran when it rained to keep the basement from flooding. How exciting for you. I enjoy seeing the pictures of how the renovation is coming along. Have fun!
• United States
What a lovely house!! It looks a lot like the one I bought in 2007 in Ohio, which was built in 1924. In the attic one of the workers carved the year and his initials, bless his heart. Such a fine old house, so sturdy. Don't you feel that your old house has tons more quality and stability than today's flimsy ones? I loved my house but I'm no longer there and hopefully the tenants in it will buy it; they recently asked for a payoff amount because they might have financing, finally. I hope your house becomes your dream home.
• United States
Oh, I forgot about the question!! The sump pump won't raise your electricity bill significantly. It will only kick in if there is water in the basement, right? Mine never went on, I had the basement water-proofed. Cost me a pretty penny but worth it.
• United States
@Ronrybs We had to rebuild walls and ceilings, put in new windows, update electricity, gut the bathrooms and kitchen and start again. The kitchen is still a work in progress. We still need to refinish the oak floors and do some finishing touches upstairs. We are mostly working on the bottom floor now. The house had really not been taken care of at all. It stunk and was in horrid shape. Before we could even start working on it we had to haul all of the junk and trash out.
What a sweet man to buy you this home. And its a beautiful home, I hope that you are able to move in within the next decade. I actually do know a bit about sump pumps. Our last home was a rancher with a finished basement, so half of our home relied on the sump pump. There is a special little pump that you can buy to work in conjunction with your sump pump. It hooks up to the waterline and will allow the sump pump to work during a power outage as it will run off of the water pressure. I do not know the name of this pump, but you could research it. We just replaced the one in our home that we sold and had a plumber (because we were selling) install it. I do not think that it affected the hydro bill much, but a sump pump is a necessity quite often.
• United States
I live in a 2 bedroom apartment and it 13 Rise building I don't believe in renovating or even having one due to the repair cost that I just don't have. It's nice seeing a beautiful homes all around the United States will window leak intake as a rock to break down your windows and you have to repair it I don't want. Hang up many people own homes who can't afford to heat their home in Winter I don't want that either. My aunt has a beautiful home in Florida. Say beautiful I mean beautiful inside and out. I was there for Hurricane Katrina and that hurricane almost wiped out my savings account. So home ownership is not for me but I am so glad you're happy about going to repair your home.