When I bought this house, I knew that I would be in for some serious upgrades over the years as time and money permitted.
The first thing that had to be done was the roof, as the homeowner’s insurance company refused to give me coverage otherwise.
I negotiated a lower price on purchasing this unit because of that factor. The seller of the house was being unreasonable at first because he genuinely felt like the whole property was worth a lot more money than it really was. My real estate agent wasn’t too eager about getting the price lower because then they make less money as a commission. At the end of the day, I had to be persistent but I got the price reductions that I was looking for. After replacing the roof, I installed a new air conditioner, water heater, and gas range in the kitchen. However, one huge disadvantage I noticed fairly early on was the driveway. I have a heavy truck and the concrete is cracking everywhere from the weight of the truck. I don’t think the original driveway was built with steel rebar reinforcement, otherwise it wouldn’t buckle to such a degree. I realized that I should do it myself this time, so I’m currently looking for a good deal on inexpensive steel rebar to lay with rebar tie wires before pouring the new concrete from the cement truck. I don’t need corrosion resistant rebar, so I think that black bar rebar would be sufficient instead of the expensive galvanized rebar tie wire. That way my concrete will always be strong enough to withstand the weight of my current truck or any future trucks.
16 gauge stainless steel tie wire