The electrical wiring was a nightmare, but luckily didn't cost me much to repair. Fortunately I'm an Electrician by trade. But it still took a good few days to get everything up to standard. And the previous owner was quite the gentleman and reimbursed me for the costs. He was also honest enough to tell me about the problem before I purchased the house. 

Which is why it didn't bother me much. It was not that big of a problem to me. If I had to get an independent contractor. Well, then it would've been exponentially more costly. 

What did you have to fix after purchasing your first house? And did you know about the problem before buying the house?

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Moore Income posted:

Still haven't made that life accomplishment yet... I was considering buying one soon but my wife and I have decided to travel instead.

I think it's a wise decision @Moore Income. Which is why I only purchased my first house well into my 40's. I traveled and explored first before settling down roots. Who knows, perhaps you fall in love with Botswana as much as I did. And please do not miss out on a trip to Kasane so you can take the boat cruise on the Chobe River!

Bonnie Squires posted:

We never been out of the USA. But when we was younger
I think would should have travel more. Our goal was to get
an RV when we was old and kids out of the house and travel
the USA. But with our health problems I don't see that happening
any time soon

Sorry to hear that @Bonnie Squires. If it helps, remember that a change is as good as a holiday. I do it often, completely rearrange my house. Which normally include rerouting all network cabling. Just don't forget you did when you walk in the dark...lol! Doesn't end well...lol! 

The plumbing, and then the electricity.  Previous owners had been DIY'ers who didn't check code or ignored it.  Plumbing has been completely replaced and in some cases rerouted over the 20+ years I've been in the home.  Electricity is still in the process of being replaced, the first thing was changing plugs from 2 prong to three prong.

ekuhlens posted:

The plumbing, and then the electricity.  Previous owners had been DIY'ers who didn't check code or ignored it.  Plumbing has been completely replaced and in some cases rerouted over the 20+ years I've been in the home.  Electricity is still in the process of being replaced, the first thing was changing plugs from 2 prong to three prong.

Code is very important indeed @ekuhlens, especially with electricity. If that is done wrong, a fire hazard is imminent. Especially with too thin wiring connected to wrong value circuit breakers. In my profession I have seen this often. 1.5mm wiring for instance on 63A Mains Breakers. When this thickness of cable in fact can only handle around 15 Ampere. Which is how electrical fires start mostly. The wiring will heat up and eventually ignite the PVC insulation. When the (over rated) circuit breaker eventually trips the power, it is sadly too late. 

If you need some advice with your electrical circuitry, I'll be happy to help. 

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