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Bearis

05:20PM | 07/29/04
Member Since: 07/28/04
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In the process of buying a home and after living in an apt in NYC I've realized how little I know about basic home care. I have some initial questions on remodeling/improvement that would help me greatly in cost and time planning.

1.I want to paint the inside of the house, do the wood floors and replace the ceilings which are "cottage cheese". At a later date, about year or two down the road, I will be redoing the bathrooms and kitchen. My questions is in what order should I do the repairs - paint, floors and ceiling?

2. Some of the walls have wallpaper. Will that be an issue when painting and what is a "reasonable" price for painting a 2500 sqft home>?

3. Most of the house has nice wood floors that seem to simply require sanding and some coating. Some parts of the house (living room and master bdrm) have wall-2-wall carpeting which I want to take off. Any advice on how best to go about this so that I have uniform wood floors everywhere but the bthrms and kitchen?

4. The ceilings are for some reason not flat like Im used to. They are made-up of square boards of some kind with holes in them which is not of my liking. Though the plaster is nice, I would like to change the ceilings. How is this done? Would it be with drywall and how much is the cost usually.

Thank you

treebeard

05:36AM | 08/01/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Do your ceiling replacement first. The other two will be the subject of varying opinions depending on personal or professional experience. You can do all your painting second and then have the floors refinished. You'll just have a bit of dusting to do after the floors are done.

Some folks reverse that order and do the painting last, which is fine as long as your new floors are adequately protected.

Bearis

10:56AM | 08/01/04
Member Since: 07/28/04
5 lifetime posts
So the general order is ceilings, floors and finally painting? Why ceilings first?

Also, do you think it will be a big deal if we do that and then a year down the road put in new windows (two sets french doors) and a central ac?

Thanks
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