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Home Repair Program Renovated First Foreclosed House

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
The Ohio city of Cleveland Heights has renovated its first foreclosed house under the Home Repair Resource Center program.

The foreclosed home located at 1429 Westover Road received finishing touches from workers in preparation for the launching and public tour.

The formerly vacant foreclosed property is the first task done under the Home Repair Resource Center program which aims to trim down the almost 1,000 abandoned and vacant foreclosure properties in the city. The program involves rehabilitating and then reselling the properties to generate funds that would be used to do additional rehabilitation work.

The four-bedroom house in Westover Road received the program's total focus for over six months. Some of the renovations done on the property included gutting and expanding the kitchen, stripping of bathrooms, installing new sinks, fixtures and tiles, interior and exterior new paint, replacing old windows by installing new ones and installing a sidewalk and a concrete driveway.

The renovation project focused on using energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly materials. One of the major problems encountered by workers during the six months of rehabilitation work was the water drainage which required foundation digging, wall waterproofing and installation of new drainpipe.

Works that also required special attention were roof leaks which were addressed by copper flashing replacement in roof valleys, installation of slate shingles and gutters.

Project manager David Hunter said that after studying the 50-year-old house plan, he had all the original trimmings of exterior wood restored. The trimmings were stripped away in place of aluminum siding. He said that they were able to incorporate new materials without taking away the old ones.

A couple who bought the renovated house said that they liked the front-door hardware and the antique brass mail slot which were retained and refinished.

Meanwhile, work is already scheduled on the second foreclosed house on the renovation list of the Home Repair Resource Center. The three-bedroom colonial property is located on Edison Road also in the city.

Hunter said that the center hopes to renovate two projects simultaneously soon. He added that the center plans to locate the worst home in a neighborhood and make it the best house in the area. He said that the center plans to renovate more foreclosure properties before they become beyond repair.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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