The Circumstances

The homeowner inherited this house in bad shape. Her father left it to her as part of the estate when he passed away. He lost his wife 4 years prior to his own passing, and during that time he struggled terribly.

Others frequently rented out the home for partying. The father did not take care of the property or himself.

The daughter could not sell the house, because of the condition of the home, through traditional methods with a real estate agent.

It was uninhabitable. Not even a family member could consider living there. Banks would not finance a mortgage for new buyers. Initially, MJS Properties could not even enter the home because of the hazardous waste, which required inspectors to wear hazmat suits.

Outside, the yard was an absolute mess with garbage, broken sheds, and even an old RV parked out back. Animals, nests, and feces contaminated the inside. The furnace was emitting CO2 and there was no insulation.

Prior to selling, the daughter cleaned out 8 bins of garbage and damaged personal property. Matt cleaned out another 10 bins himself. There was evidence of many DIY renovations over the 50+ years, but none of them were close to being up to code.

The ceiling at the back of the inherited property was drooping because of a poorly constructed addition. When trying to remove a façade from the back porch, the entire rear of the house fell off. They added stairs to existing stairs making, it almost impossible to walk down to the basement.

The home was full of asbestos and vesicular with no running water. The multiple layers of shingles and rotten barn board were leaking. Without a doubt, MJS Properties needed to gut the whole thing before selling the home. This project was way beyond most home buyers’ skill sets to do the work required within any regular budget.

The Plan

Because of the poor condition of the house, MJS Properties installed structural posts to hold up the floor while they worked on the project. First, the entire house was pressure washed. They removed pungent odours and dangerous substances. Then Matt’s crew rewired the house, installed new plumbing, added new insulation, and replaced the stairs.

After removing so many layers of drywall, plaster, and paneling on the interior, they gained an additional 12 inches of living space! Next, it was time to make things pretty. Matt completely changed the layout of the house, including moving the location of the bathroom to create a more modern, open concept and more functional living space.

Outside, after completely cleaning up and leveling the yard, Matt built a brand-new deck on the back. They installed new soffit, fascia, and eavestrough. The crew rebuilt the roof and refinished the driveway. Leaving no stone left unturned, the house was barely recognizable upon its completion.

The Results

The previous homeowner tried to sell an inherited home without success. They were extremely grateful for our cash offer. Our purchase price was very fair for the condition it was in. We’re here to help, not take advantage.

Neighbours thanked us and begged us to sell the property to someone who would live there and appreciate the home instead of renting it out. We made the house better but made the community better too. Property values significantly improved now with the eyesore rehabilitated.

Rebuilt from scratch, the home is essentially brand new. We completed the transformation properly without shortcuts. MJS Properties is always proud to take the extra steps and make the extra effort.

When homeowners are grieving, estate sales are hard. We’re honoured to help. Not only do we purchase inherited homes in any condition, but we assist with contents too. We do whatever it takes to make it easy during a tough time.

After MJS Properties works our magic, they can be proud of their former family home with hope for the new family who will treasure it next.

MJS Properties has a reputation for craftsmanship; not taking shortcuts to make a quick flip. It’s not just about the money, it is about the community too.

Matthiew J. ScottThe Heart and Soul of MJS Properties

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